WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – Amherst College beat Williams College 17-7 to finish off a second consecutive perfect season.
After a scoreless first quarter, Amherst got the scoring started with 8:46 remaining in the half on a seven-yard touchdown pass from sophomore quarterback Reece Foy to senior receiver Jackson McGonagle to give the Lord Jeffs a 7-0 lead.
The Lord Jeffs were able to keep the Ephs scoreless going into halftime when senior linebacker Tom Kleyn intercepted a pass from senior quarterback Austin Lommen deep in Amherst territory.
Amherst extended their lead to 10-0 with a 23-yard field goal by sophomore kicker Charlie Wall on the Lord Jeffs' first possession of the second half.
The Lord Jeffs would score again on a three-yard touchdown run by senior running back Kenny Akindra with 1:49 left in the third quarter to bring the score to 17-0.
Williams got on the board with a six-yard touchdown run by first year running back Noah Sorrento to cut the Amherst lead to 10, 17-7.
The Ephs were able to hold strong on their goal line and forced a turnover on downs with 2:08 remaining in the game to keep the score at 17-7 with 2:08 remaining in the fourth quarter.
On the ensuing Williams drive, an interception in the end zone by senior defensive back Jaymie Spears sealed the game and a perfect season for the Lord Jeffs.
Amherst rushed the ball effectively as Kenny Akindra accounted for 91 of his team's 202 total yards on the ground. The Lord Jeffs finished the day with 143 yards through the air.
Williams was able to rush for 86 total yards and pass for 208.
Senior Elijah Eaton led the Eph defense with 13 tackles, nine of which were solos. Junior Alex Brandeis had 10 tackles in the game, nine solo. With those nine solo tackles, Brandeis tied the single-season record for solo tackles at Williams held by Dylan Schultz '11with 48.
Senior Jack Drew had eight tackles including five solos to lead the Lord Jeffs.
"Our team exemplified all the things you want other than winning the game" said Williams head coach Aaron Kelton of his team's performance. "They played their hearts out, they got after it, and they left everything they had out here. That's what we talked about all week."
This win gives Amherst the NESCAC and Little Three championships and brings their win streak to 19 and their win streak over Williams to five.
The Ephs finish the season at 2-6.
When asked about the season as a whole, Kelton said, "There was a lot of ups and a lot of downs. It's dissapointing because we've let some games get away from us. We know we have a good team. I don't put it on anything, but we have 20 guys out with injury and that's hard for any team to overcome, but the guys played their tail off. They played their heart out and I'm proud of them for the effort that they gave today. What I want people to understand is that they give this effort all the time. They're resilient people and guys who fight and they want to keep playing. They did the best they could."
Austin Lommen broke two school records on the day after having already set the school single game completions record with 33 against Tufts. Lommen set a new Williams single season record for completions with 187, breaking the previous record of 167 set by Joe Reardon in 2004. He also set the Williams single season record for pass attempts with 313, which was previous set at 272 by Pat Lucey in 2008.