BOWDOIN COLLEGE running back Greg Pierce (7) eludes Amerhst tackler Travis Dickenson (53) and heads downfield during Saturday's footbal game in Brunswick.

BOWDOIN COLLEGE running back Greg Pierce (7) eludes Amerhst tackler Travis Dickenson (53) and heads downfield during Saturday’s footbal game in Brunswick.

BRUNSWICK — The Amherst College football team rallied from a halftime deficit to defeat Bowdoin on Saturday, 22-10 in New England Small College Athletic Conference play.

Trailing 10-6 at intermission, the 2-0 Jeffs held the ball for 19:59 of the second half, rushed for 158 yards and outscored Bowdoin 16-0 en route to the victory.

Ryan Silva rushed for 91 of his game-high 143 yards in the second half to account for the majority of Amherst’s 241 yards on the ground. Max Lippe completed 18-of-22 passes for 141 yards and rushed for two scores, while Wade McNamara caught eight passes for 81 yards and a score.

Bowdoin (0-2) was led by 76 yards rushing from Greg Pierce. Thomas Romero went 10-for-24 for 98 yards passing in the loss.

Griffin Cardew led all players with 16 tackles for the Polar Bears, including a sack and one forced fumble.

After the teams traded early possessions, the Polar Bears were the first to find the endzone when Pierce capped an eight-play, 42-yard drive by spinning off tacklers and peeling to the corner for a 1-yard touchdown run at 2:36 of the first quarter.

Amherst answered with an 11-play, 61-yard drive, ending with Lippe sprinting up the middle at 13:38 of the second quarter. A missed extra point kick left the Jeffs trailing 7-6.

Bowdoin added to its lead, getting a 22-yard field goal by Jimmy Garvey to carry a 10-6 advanage into the break.

Another Lippe rush up the middle, this time from fouryards out, and another missed PAT resulted in a 12-10 Amherst lead with 9:23 remaining in the third period.

Jake Schmidt nailed a 37- yard field goal early in the fourth quarter to push Amherst’s lead to 15-10. Two possessions later, Bowdoin entered Amherst territory following a 21-yard toss from Romero to Nick Goldin. The Polar Bears advanced to the A- 33, but Jeffs defensive back Sam Clark intercepted Romero.

The Jeffs put the game away on the ensuing possession, going 64 yards in 12 plays, capping it off with an 8- yard slant from Lippe to McNamara that made it a 22- 10 lead with 2:06 left.

Bowdoin will host Tufts this upcoming Saturday.