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Football Set To Wrap Up Non-Conference Play At Mount Ida

Football Set To Wrap Up Non-Conference Play At Mount Ida

Springfield, Mass. - September 14, 2017 - The Springfield College football team will look to push its record to 3-0 when it plays its first final non-conference game of the 2017 season at Mount Ida on September 16.  Kick off is scheduled for 1 pm. 

Last Week...
 Jordan Wilcox (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) rumbled for a career-high 223 yards on the ground and scored three touchdowns to lead the Springfield College football team to a 28-8 non-conference win over Kean University last Saturday afternoon at Stagg Field. Springfield, which was receiving votes in the latest National Poll, improved to 2-0 for the first time since 2013.

Wilcox was sensational in the Pride's backfield, racking up 223 yards on 27 carries, averaging 8.3 per carry, to go along with one touchdown reception of eight yards.  As a team, Springfield totaled 331 yards on the ground and totaled 21 first downs.  The Pride won again won the time of possession battle, having the ball for 34:15 in the contest.  Defensively, Dominic Traversa (Pittsfield, Mass.) led the way with nine stops, while Rich Williams (Wethersfield, Conn.) made six stops.

A Week of Awards
Jordan Wilcox was landed a number of awards this past week for his efforts int he win over Kean.  The senior fullback was tabbed the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Football Offensive Player of the Week, the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III North Offensive Player of the Week, selected to the National Team of the Week, and was named the recepient of the New England Football Writers Association Gold Helmet Award winner.

Fast Start
Springfield is looking to start the year with three wins for the first time since 2013, when the Pride started off the year 3-0.  In 2006, the Pride started off the season with seven-consective victories in a campaign in which they last reached the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament.

About the Matchup...
Springfield has never lost to Mount Ida, with an all-time series record of 8-0 dating back to 2008, as the Pride has averaged over 40 points per game in the six meetings.  The teams have met seven times in the regular season, and once in the postseason, with the Pride besting the Mustangs 26-17 in the 2010 ECAC Championship Bowl game.  

Last season, the Springfield College football team posted its first shutout since 2013 and used a 195-yard rushing performance from Joshua Thomas (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) to defeat Mount Ida, 32-0, on September 17, in what would prove to be the first victory in the head coaching career of Mike Cerasuolo.  Thomas made the most of his first career start in the backfield as he carried the ball 26 times for 195 yards, scoring two touchdowns and averaging 7.5 yards per rush, in just three quarters of action.  As a team, the Pride totaled 348 yards on the ground.

Back in the Rankings...
After a 2-0 start to the season, Springfield College is the one of only two teams from New England to be receiving votes in the National Poll and one of only 45 programs out of the 249 Division III football programs in the country to be mentioned in the poll.  This is the 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 second-best rushing offense in Division III football, averaging 383.0 yards per game.  The Pride also eighth in time of possession (37:23), ninth in red zone defense (.333), 15th in punt return defense (0.00) and net punting (40.60), 16th in third-down conversion (.545), and 18th in first-down offense (49).  Individually, Jordan Wilcox ranks fourth in the nation in total rushing yards (371) and is fifth in rushing yards per game (185.5), while Jake Eglintine is eighth in rushing touchdowns (4).

At the Helm…
Head Coach Mike Cerasuolo is now in 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 Mustangs…
Mount Ida is 1-2 on the season as it posted a 12-10 win over UMass Dartmouth to start the season before droppping a 27-0 decision to Plymouth State last week.  The Mustangs are averaging 255 yards of total offense a game, including 147 yards per contest in the air.  Defensively, they are surrendering just under 327 yards per game and 18.5 points per outing to their opponents.