Football Wraps Up Non-Conference Slate Versus Mount Ida on Saturday

Football Wraps Up Non-Conference Slate Versus Mount Ida on Saturday

Springfield, Mass. - September 15, 2016 - The Springfield College football team plays its third-consecutive home game when it hosts Mount Ida College on Saturday at 12 pm in the Pride's non-conference finale.

Last week…

Despite a late-rally, including fourth-quarter touchdowns from junior quarterback Steve Comee (Agawam, Mass.) and sophomore fullback Joshua Thomas (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.), the Springfield College football program fell to No. 24 St. John Fisher, 35-21, at Stagg Field.  The Pride was led by Thomas on the ground, as the sophomore registered 84 yards and one touchdown on 17 carries, while Comee posted 52 yards on 22 carries, and had a pair of scores in the loss. Defensively, freshman linebacker Rich Williams (Wethersfield, Conn.) notched a team-best nine tackles and had one interception.

A season ago…

The Springfield College football team rushed for 396 yards and scored 24 unanswered points in the first half as it eased past Mount Ida, 38-10, in the Pride's non-conference finale.  In his first career start under center, Jake Eglintine (Gansevoort, N.Y.) accounted for three first-half scores, including two rushing touchdowns.  The sophomore rushed for 92 yards on 13 carries and went 2-for-6 for 32 yards, including a 29-yard touchdown toss.  Keith Rodman (Northvale, N.J.) also ran for 92 yards in the contest, while five other rushers had at least 37 yards on the ground.  Springfield's offense finished the day with 428 yards of offense, averaging just under seven yards per play.  Max Nacewicz (Sandy Hook, Conn.) and Christian Zotti (Newington, Conn.) each had six stops for the Pride defense.  Springfield's defense forced three Mustang turnovers on the day and held the hosts to 239 yards of total offense, including just 104 on the ground.

All-time series vs. Mount Ida…

Springfield has never lost to Mount Ida, with an all-time series record of 7-0 dating back to 2008, as the Pride has averaged over 40 points per game in the six meetings.  The teams have met six times in the regular season, and once in the postseason, with the Pride besting the Mustangs 26-17 in the 2010 ECAC Championship Bowl game.

At the Helm…
Head Coach Mike Cerasuolo is in the midst of his first season at the helm for Springfield. After 15 seasons as the offensive coordinator, the former two-time Division II All-New England offensive lineman standout at Springfield became the 14th football coach in the history of the program that dates back to 1890, and is just the fifth coach the program has had in the past 70 years.

About the Mustangs…
Mount Ida is 0-2 on the season with setbacks to UMass Dartmouth (40-9) in their opener and Plymouth State (30-28) in a triple overtime affair.  The Mustangs are averaging 253 yards of total offense, split evenly between the rush and pass game.  Defensively, they are surrendering just under 440 yards per game and 35 points per outing to their opponents.  Travis O'Brien is leading the ground game with just over 90 yards per outing, while Jack Sheehan has directed the offense under center.  Defensively, Chris Medeiros has made 11 stops in each of the Mustangs contests in 2016.

Catch the Action…

If you are unable to attend, you can watch the game in a variety of ways:

Watch SCTV3's Live Video Broadcast 

Listen to WUSB Radio's Broadcast

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