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Football drops game to Amherst

AMHERST, Mass. -- After losing for the first time since 2013 last week, the Amherst College football team was ready Saturday and earned a 41-0 victory over Colby College in NESCAC play.

The Mules drop to 1-3 overall and will play host to Hamilton College next Saturday at noon. The Continentals took a 26-25 home win over Bowdoin College on Saturday. Amherst, the three-time defending NESCAC champions, move to 3-1 overall.

While the Mules rushed for 25 yards, the total is the best any team has managed against Amherst this season. The Purple & White were allowing 0.7 rushing yards per game in the first three contests.

Colby's Chris George rushed five times for 24 yards (4.8 per rush), Dan Roache had four carries for 23 yards (5.8), and Jabari Hurdle-Price had seven carries for 22 yards.

Amherst went ahead 14-0 in the first quarter, but Colby's defense did have two defensive gems. The Mules stopped the Purple & White on a 4th-and-1 at Colby's 21-yard line with the game still scoreless. Colby also recovered a fumble at the 50-yard line later in the quarter.

Bo Berluti scored on a 8-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Nick Morales with 8:05 left in the opening quarter. After forcing a Mule punt, Berluti caught a 69-yard touchdown pass on the first play of the drive with 6:36 to go.

Colby's defense only allowed two field goals in the second quarter. Amherst had the ball inside the Mule 1-yard line, but Colby stopped a run on third down to force the first field goal by John Rak. The Mules forced Amherst to settle for a 19-yard field goal with just seven seconds to halftime.

Morales threw his third touchdown of the game and Jack Hickey scored on an 11-yard run in the third quarter for a 34-0 margin. Sam Amaka had a 38-yard run for a score in the final 15 minutes.

Don Vivian had a game-high 10 tackles for the Mules. Justin Lamere had seven stops, while Jack Colleran (pictured) and Ian Dickey both made six tackles. 

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