Second-Half Dominance Lifts Football Past RPI, 24-7, In Home Finale

Springfield, Mass. - November 5, 2016 - The Springfield College football team scored 24 unanswered points and forced five turnovers to topple RPI, 24-7, in its final home game of the 2016 season in Liberty League action at Stagg Field on Saturday

The win boosted the Pride's record to 5-4, 4-2 in league play, while the Engineers dropped to 4-5, 2-5. 

Springfield outgained RPI, 310-165, on the day and held a 296-64 advantage in the rushing game. 

Jake Eglintine (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) totaled 132 yards on the ground and scored two touchdowns, while Dominic Traversa (Pittsfield, Mass.) anchored the defensive unit with a game-high 12 stops, including two tackles for loss.

Alexander Greenridge (Miller Place, N.Y.) paced the Engineers with 11 stops and Nick Cella (Holmdel, N.J.) scored the visitors only touchdown as he finished the day with 37 rushing yards. 

Springfield fumbled the ball four times in the opening quarter, with the last cough up proving to be the most costly.  After the Pride benefited from a Christian Zotti (Newington, Conn.) interception on the three-yard line with 50 seconds left in the quarter, a Pride fumble on the next play gave the visitors prime field position.  On the ensuing play, Cella punched it in from two yards out and a Christian Kapp (Amawalk, N.Y.) extra point put RPI on top 7-0.

The Pride put together an incredible drive in the second quarter, however its 19-play, 73-yard drive which took nearly 10 minutes off the clock utlimatley came up empty.  Springfield converted a pair of fourth downs in the drive, benefiting from a Whit DeVaux (Wethersfield, Conn.) fake punt that resulted in a 16-yard rush, and a Hunter Belzo (Middletown, Conn.) 10 yard reception.  The Pride's drive came to a close on when its 4th and goal from bid from the six yardline fell incomplete.  

Springfield held the ball for nearly 18 minutes in the half, but went into the break trailing 7-0. 

The Pride scored its first touchdown of the game on its second possesion of the third quarter when Eglintine took the first play and busted a 56 yard touchdown up the middle to even things at 7-all with 7:07 on the clock.  That would be all the scoring through three quarters as the teams headed into the fourth all sqaure.  

Just five plays into the fourth quarter, Springfield's Nick Pydeski (Hazlet, N.J.) forced a fumble that would by recoved by Kenny Calaj (Everett, Mass.), and two plays later, Eglingtine broke free for a 44 yard run down the right side to double the hosts lead.  After forcing a three-and-out, the Pride made it a two-score game when Blake Heller (North Bellmore, N.Y.) drilled a 34 yard field goal with 7:28 left in regulation.

Following RPI's fourth turnover of the game, a sack fumble by Josh Corporan (Lincoln Park, N.J.) which was revoved by Joe Chaves (Cromwell, Conn.), the Pride took over on the Engineers one-yard line.  Three plays later, Springfield went into its bag of tricks as Tyler Hyde (Plantsville, Conn.) took a halfback toss and delivered a strike to Jakai Whittingham (Meriden, Conn.) all alone in the back of the end zone to push the Prides' lead to 24-7 with 4:04 remaining.

Springfield's Luke Jimenez (Waldwick, N.J.) sealed the win for the hosts when he snagged an interception along the sidelines in the waning seconds to lift the Pride to victory. 

The Pride will wrap up its season next Saturday when it travels to face Merchant Marine for a 2 pm contest.