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Football To Host Kean On Saturday In Home Opener

Football To Host Kean On Saturday In Home Opener

Springfield, Mass. - September 7, 2017 - The Springfield College football team will play its first home game of the 2017 season when it hosts Kean University at 12:00 pm in a non-conference showdown on September 9.

Last Week...

The Springfield College football erupted for 28 points in the third quarter and never looked back as it stormed past Western New England, 35-21, in front of over 5,000 fans at Golden Bear Stadium last Saturday. Saturday's game proved to be the fifth installment of the rivalry of the Pynchon SAW Game, which is derived from city founder William Pynchon and the acronym of "SAW" is for the first initial of both schools, Springfield And Western New England.  Springfield handed Western New England its first regular-season loss in 22 games and marked the Golden Bears first loss at home since October 26, 2013, a span of 17 home contests.  This is the second time in the last three seasons that Springfield has knocked off a nationally-ranked team, as WNE was 24th in the latest poll. 

Senior fullback Jordan Wilcox (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) fueled Springfield's rushing attack, carrying the ball 30 times for 148 yards, while senior quarterback Jake Eglintine (Ballston Spa, N.Y.) ran for 121 yards and three touchdowns.  Additionally, sophomore Hunter Belzo (Middletown, Conn.) added 99 yards on the ground, averaging 11 yards per carry.  Defensively, junior defensive end Nick Giorgio (Cumberland, R.I.) posted six tackles to lead the way, including 1.5 sacks.

Springfield outgained Western New England 531-305 and racked up 435 yards on the ground as it dominated the time of possession by having the ball for over 40 minutes in the contest.  The Pride racked up 28 first downs and went 12-for-21 on third-down conversions.

About the Matchup...
This marks the first-ever meeting between the two schools. 

Back in the Rankings...

After their win over Western New England, Springfield College is the only team from New England to be receiving votes in the National Poll and one of only 42 programs out of the 249 Division III football programs in the country to be mentioned in the poll.   

This marks the first time since Week 4 of the 2007 season that the Pride has appeared in the national poll.  That season, Springfield started the year ranked ninth in the country.  

National Leaders...

The Springfield College football team has the top rushing offense in Division III football after posting 435 yards on the ground in its opener.  The Pride also first in red zone defense (.000), fifth in time of possession (40:31), and eighth in first-down offense (28).  Individually, Jake Eglintine ranks fourth in the nation in rushing touchdowns (3) and sixth in scoring (18.0)

At the Helm…
Head Coach Mike Cerasuolo is entering his second season at the helm for Springfield. After 15 seasons as the offensive coordinator, the former two-time Division II All-New England offensive lineman standout at Springfield, Cerasuolo went 5-5 in his first season and is just the fifth coach the program has had in the past 70 years.

About the Cougars…
Kean University football was selected as the dark horse pick in the 2017 NJAC Football Coaches' Preseason Poll, and was selected to finish fifth among the 10 teams in conference play. The 2016 Cougars posted a 7-4 overall record including a victory over former NJAC foe SUNY Cortland in the ECAC Clayton Chapman Bowl.  Last season the Cougars tied for fifth place in the conference race with a 5-4 mark in league play, defeating every New Jersey based NJAC program. Led by 12th-year head coach Dan Garrett, Kean returns six all-conference players from its 2016 ECAC Bowl winning squad, including preseason All-American defensive lineman Darin Hungerford, senior running back Brian Matthews, senior offensive lineman Joe Bick, senior offensive lineman Justin Rodriguez, junior defensive lineman Peter Lejawa, and senior kicker Aryeh Moslavi.

Catch the Action…

If you are unable to attend, you can watch the game in a variety of ways:

Watch SCTV3's Live Video Broadcast 

Listen to WUSB Radio's Broadcast

Follow along with Live Stats