Springfield, Mass. - September 30, 2017 - The Springfield College football team rattled off 42 unanswered points and held the visiting Norwich Cadets to just 70 yards of total offense as it cruised to a 42-3 victory in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) on Stagg Field Saturday.
Battling each other for the first time since 2013 and the first as NEWMAC foes, Springfield improved to 5-0, 2-0, while Norwich remained winless at 0-5, 0-2.
For a program that dates back to 1890, Springfield's impressive season continues, as it has now started the season 5-0 for just the ninth time in program history, including the sixth since 1998.
The Pride entered the game with the top rushing offense in all of college football and churned out 360 yards on the ground en route to 448 yards of total offense. Defensively, Springfield was dominant, holding the Cadets to just 70 offensive yards and 3-for-19 on third-down conversions.
Jordan Wilcox (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) finished with a game-high 111 yards on 21 carries, while Chad Shade (Pittsfield, Mass.) recorded 101 yards on 11 carries, as each found the end zone once. Jedi Haynes (Windsor, Conn.) caught a pair of touchdowns for 76 yards, and Wilcox added another score in the air late in the third quarter from Shade. Defensively, Nick Giorgio (Cumberland, R.I.) totaled a team-best nine tackles, including two sacks, a pair of pass break ups, and a forced fumble.
For Norwich, Austin Roberts made a game-high 12 tackles and Zach Adler chipped in nine tackles and recovered one of the Pride's four lost fumbles.
Norwich took advantage of three Springfield fumbles in the first quarter and cashed in on a 41-yard field goal by Clyde Tamburro with 51 seconds left in the frame to open up a 3-0 led. The field goal capped off an 11-play, 43-yard drive that ate up 5:45 on the clock.
Springfield answered right back to the game's first touchdown when Jake Eglintine (Ballston Spa, N.Y.) hit Haynes in stride down the middle for a 36-yard score with 13:53 left in the opening half. The Pride added to its lead when Wilcox plunged up the middle from six yards out at the 7:04 mark, capping off an 11-play drive.
With time winding down in the half and facing a 3rd-and-12 from the Norwich 40, Eglintine rolled out and fired a pass into the end zone, and despite Norwich batting the ball away, Haynes grabbed the deflection going to the ground to give Springfield a 21-3 edge as time expired.
On the opening drive of the third quarter, Kejuan Farquharson (Hyde Park, Mass.) snagged an interception for Springfield and raced 27 yards for the defensive score just 1:31 into the half. The Pride added another score with 4:34 on the clock when Shade scrambled free from the Cadet defense on first and goal and flipped a five-yard pass to Wilcox who was all alone in the back of the end zone.
In the final 15 minutes of play, Springfield's defense clamped down and held Norwich to -10 yards of total offense. The Pride sealed the win with their fifth offensive touchdown of the game with three minutes remaining when Shade scampered in from 14 yards on fourth down to push the hosts advantage to 42-3.
Springfield will hit the road next Saturday for a NEWMAC meeting with Coast Guard, marking the Pride's first trip to New London since 2003.
Photo by Roy Chambers