Eclipsing the 100-yard plateau for the fourth game in a row, LaDarius Drew '15 (#30, right side photo) gathered 107 yards from his 34 attempts and scored a fourth-quarter TD from two yards out which cut the margin to 21-10, but Amherst used its control of the first half to keep the Cardinals at arms length in claiming a 24-10 Little Three win. Amherst improved to 5-0 on the year while Wesleyan fell to 3-2. Up next for the Cardinals is a visit to Bowdoin Sat., Oct. 29.
Amherst drew first blood on its opening drive, going 53 yards on five plays just 3:40 into the contest. The Cardinals countered with a personal-best 35-yard field goal by Sebastian Aguirre '14 at 3:08 of the first quarter to cut the margin to 7-3. Aguirre had booted a pair of 34-yarders in his career, including one earlier this season vs. Middlebury. But the Lord Jeffs tacked on a pir of TDs before intertmission, one on a nine-play, 67-yard march near the end of the first quarter and the second on an 18-yard interception return with 5:39 to go in the second quarter.
Wesleyan had a pair of interceptions on the day, one by Jake Bussani '14 to stop an Amherst drive at the Cardinals' five-yard line in the third period and another by Colin Hartwig '12 on a tipped ball, also in the third period. Wesleyan's defensive effort was paced by Cyprian Oyomba '12 (#28, photo left side) who racked up 11 tackles, two of them for a loss as the Cardinals combined for six stops behind the line.
Also making a triumphant return to the field after missing a gae was punter Jesse Warren '15, who booted eight times for a 43.0 average, including a booming 73-yarder that was downed at the Amherst one-yard line in the third period.
Matt Coyne '12 completed 20 of his 30 passing attempts in the game for 138 yards, eight of them to Kevin Hughes '14 for 37 yards. Both Brett Bandazian '12 and Bussani were in one nine tackels diring the encounter.