Football Heads To Nationally-Ranked Hobart on Saturday

Football Heads To Nationally-Ranked Hobart on Saturday

Springfield, Mass. - October 20, 2016 - The Springfield College football team will look to string together its third-straight win when it hits the road for another important Liberty League game on Saturday, October 22 at Hobart.  Game time is set for 12:00 pm.

Last week…

Totaling 624 rushing yards on the afternoon, the Springfield College football team cruised to a 70-47 win in Liberty League play on Saturday afternoon at Stagg Field. As part of Homecoming Weekend at Springfield College, the Pride played Saturday's game in front of a crowd of 3,023.

Springfield College's 624 yards on the ground finished just 52 yards shy of the program record, as the Pride rushed for 676 yards in a 64-0 win over Kings Point on October 2, 2010. Additionally, Springfield College's 70 points is the fourth-most in program history, as the record for total points scored in a single game is 82. The last time the Pride scored 70 or more points was in a 73-14 win over Norwich in 1997.

The shootout will go down as the most points combined in a game in Springfield's storied history, which dates back to 1890.  It eclipsed the total of 107 points that were scored in the 56-49 win over WPI in 1997.

Springfield College's rushing attack featured four student-atheltes breaching the 100-yard plateau, as the group was headlined by junior Jordan Wilcox (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.), who had a career game on the ground for Springfield College, as he totaled a career-high 174 yards and four touchdowns on 12 carries. Additionally, freshman halfback Hunter Belzo (Middletown, Conn.) ran for a career-best 160 yards and two touchdowns, as he posted a 91 and 69-yard touchdown runs on the afternoon.

Junior quarterback Jake Eglintine (Ballston Spa, N.Y.) finished with 117 yards and one touchdown on 12 carries, while senior fullback Drew Brown (Barrington, R.I.) ran for 109 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries.

Defensively, senior linebacker Kenny Calaj (Everett, Mass.) tied his career high with 12 tackles on the afternoon, while junior captain Christian Zotti (Newington, Conn.) registered nine tackles, including three for loss. 

A season ago…

Behind 35 second-half points, the Springfield College football program upset No. 22 Hobart College, 35-13, at Stagg Field. With the win, the Pride ends the Statesmen's 24-game Liberty League win streak, and improves to 4-2 overall on the season, and 2-1 in league play.  Springfield was fueled offensively by sophomore quarterback Jake Eglintine (Gansevoort, N.Y.), who posted 130 yards and one touchdown on 16 attempts, including a 51-yard run late in the game to seal the victory for the Pride. Additionally, senior fullback Keith Rodman (Nortvale, N.J.) posted 121 yards and a score on 20 carries, while junior halfback Billy DeLay (Congers, N.Y.) recorded  51 yards on the ground, including a 20-yard touchdown run for the Pride's first points of the game.  Defensively, senior Anthony West (Roxbury, Mass.) played shut down defense throughout the contest, as he finished with seven tackles and a game-changing interception to kick off the second half. 

National Ranks...

Springfield currently ranks 8th Division III football in rushing, averaging 305 yards per game. 

As a team, the Pride ranks fourth in yards per completion (21.62), 7th in red zone offense (.941), and 15th in sacks allowed per game (0.71).

Individually, Wilcox ranks 42nd in the nation in average yards per rush (6.05), while Nick Giorgio (Cumberland, R.I.) is 53rd in tackles for loss per game (1.6). 

All-time series vs. Hobart …

The two teams have met just four times, with Hobart winning three of the four meetings. In 2014, Hobart earned a 37-7 win at home, posted a 49-21 win in 2013 at Springfield, and picked up a 28-7 win in 2012.

About Hobart…

The Hobart College football team is ranked 25th in the nation in this week's edition of the America Football Coaches Association Poll. The Statesmen were ranked 16th before suffering their first loss of the season on Saturday.  Through six games, quarterback Shane Sweeney has completed 61 percent of his passes for 2,016 yards and 20 touchdowns. He is third in the nation in passing yards, sixth in passing touchdowns, ninth in passing yards per game (335.2), 15th in completions per game (25.5), and 15th in total offense (342.2 yds/g).  Junior wide receiver Brandon Shed is Sweeney's top target and has 41 receptions for 664 yards and 10 TDs. He is second in the nation in receiving touchdowns, 10th in receiving yards, and 22nd in receiving yards per game (110.7).


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