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Football Hosts Maine Maritime on Saturday In Regular-Season Home Finale

Football Hosts Maine Maritime on Saturday In Regular-Season Home Finale

Springfield, Mass. - November 1, 2018 -  The Springfield College football team will host Maine Maritime in its final home game of the regular season on Saturday, November 3 at 12pm. 

About the Matchup...
In their first-ever meeting last season, Springfield racked up 585 yards of total offense, averaging 9.5 per rush, as the Pride rolled past Maine Maritimine, 62-0, on November 4.  The 62-point victory was the Pride's largest margin of victory since it bested Merchant Marine, 64-0, in 2010. Jordan Wilcox (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) was sensational in the backfield for the Pride as he totaled 213 yards on just 14 carries and found the end zone three times.  Classmate Tyler Hyde (Plantsville, Conn.) needed just seven carries to rack up 118 yards and two touchdowns, while Chad Shade (Pittsfield, Mass.) totaled 82 yards and a touchdown on six carries.  Jedi Haynes (Windsor, Conn.) hauled in a 17-yard score and Dom Traversa (Pittsfield, Mass.) and Sam Greenfield (Providence, R.I.) each delivered defensive touchdowns. Defensively,Nick Giorgio (Cumberland, R.I.) had a team-best eight tackles and forced a fumble and Christian Zotti (Newington, Conn.) notched seven stops to go along with a fumble recovery and forced fumble. 

National Leaders...

Category Rank Statistic
Passing Yards Per Completion 1st 20.44 YPC
Rushing Offense 6th 303.1 YPG
Sacks Allowed 20th 1.00 
Passes Had intercepted  22nd 4
Kickoff returns 23rd 24.17
3rd Down Conversion Pct Defense 32nd 0.297%
Tackles for a Loss Allowed  37th 4.75
Total Defense 41st 292.3
Scoring Defense  45th 17
Winnning Percentage 45th 0.750
 Time of Possession  50th 31:54
     
Tackles for Loss Nick Giorgio 4th (2.4)
Sacks Nick Giorgio 7th (1.31)
Punt Return TDs Andrew Papirio 8th (1)
Forced Fumbles Nick Giorgio 19th (0.38)
Rushing Touchdowns

 

Hunter Belzo 29th (10)
Fumbles Recovered Tom Casey 30th (2)
Kickoff Returns  Ryan McCarthy 36th (25.4)
Combined Kick Returns  Ryan McCarthy 43rd (458)
Punt Returns Andrew Papirio 43rd (9.8)
Rushing Yards Hunter Belzo 47th (746)
     

Road Warriors...
Springfield has won its last nine road games, which is the second-longest streak in Division III football. The Pride and Mount Union have each won its last nine outings on the road, while Mary Hardin-Baylor currently leads Division III football with 15 consecutive road wins. Across all of college football, only four teams have won more than eight-straight road games, including Oklahoma that was won its last 18 away contests, as well Division II Minnesota State (12) and Minnesota Duluth (11), and North Carolina A&T (9), who competes at the FCS level.  Springfield's last road loss came at Merchant Marine in a 15-12 setback on November 12, 2016. 

On The Ground... 
Springfield's rushing offense is currently ranked sixth in Division III football as the Pride have totaled 2,425 rushing yards, averaging 303.1 yards per game and 4.87 yards per carry.  Additionally, the Pride rank 17th across all divisions in rushing offense. 

What A Schedule...
According to D3football.com, of the 247 Division III football programs across the country, Springfield has the 64th-best strength of schedule with a .539.  It marks the second-best strength of schedule among programs in NEWMAC.

Strong Starts...
Springfield got off to another great start to begin the conference portion of its season as it picked up three NEWMAC victories in its first three outings.  It marked the second-straight season and third time since on 2006 that the Pride started 3-0 in conference play.  

Takeaways..
Springfield had forced at least one turnover in 11-straight games dating back to last season before that streak was snapped in the victory at Catholic.  In that stretch, the Pride had registered 14 interceptions and 14 fumble recoveries and was +10 in turnover margin.  

First-Half Points...
Springfield's offense has been impressive in the first half this season, as the Pride are outscoring its opponents by a 130-53 margin.  However, in the third quarter this year, Springfield has been outscored, 49-33.  In conference games, the second quarter has been pivotal for the Pride, posting 48 points and just allowing three.  However, coming out of halftime, the Pride has totaled just 12 points in the third quarter of NEWMAC play, while allowing 28.

About Maine Maritime...
Maine Maritime has not played since October 20 and enters the game with an 0-7 record, including an 0-4 mark in conference play.   The Mariners are allowing nearly 27 points per game and 354 yards of offense to its opponents, while totaling 184 yards of offense per outing, including 147 through the air.  Maine Maritime is averaging six points per game and has combined for 14 points in four conference games.