Geneva, N.Y. - October 22, 2016 - Despite a gusty effort, the Springfield College football team was defeated by nationally-ranked Hobart, 12-7, on a rainy and windy Boswell Field on Saturday in Liberty League action.
The setback evens Springfield's record to 4-4, 3-2 in Liberty League play, while Hobart, which was ranked 25th in the latest American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) National Poll, improves to 6-1, 3-1.
Jordan Wilcox (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) rushed for a game-high 92 yards and accounted for Springfield's only touchdown of the game. Hunter Belzo (Middletown, Conn.) added 72 yards on the ground for Springfield, which outgained the Statesman, 289-233, for the contest. The Pride had 15 first downs compared to Hobart's 11 and owned a 35:15-24:45 edge in time of possession.
Springfield scored the game's first touchdown as Wilcox plunged in from three yards with 5:46 remaining in the opening quarter. The score capped off a 13-play, 80-yard drive that lasted nearly seven minutes, a drive that was highlighted by a pair of fourth-down conversions.
Hobart answered back on the ensuing drive, scoring a six-yard run on 4th-and-1 as Bradley Burns found the end zone from the wildcat formation. The Statesmen's extra point attempt found the upright and Springfield owned a 7-6 cushion.
After scoreless second and third quarters, a Taumeras Howard (Jamesville, N.Y.) interception with 8:14 left in the contest gave the Pride the ball on the Hobart 33. However, the Pride turned the ball over on downs and were unable to take advantage of the great field position.
Hobart marched 68 yards on the next nine plays over a 4:25 time span to score the go-ahead touchdown. On a 3rd and 17, Hobart benefited from a 47-yard catch and run and later scored an 18-yard TD with 1:47 left in regulation. The two-point conversion was not successful, but the Statesmen recovered an onside kick and milked the clock to seal the 12-7 win.
Springfield will have its bye week coming up and will prepare to face RPI on Nov. 5 in the Pride's home finale starting at 12:00 pm.