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Football To Host Homecoming Showdown With Catholic University

Football To Host Homecoming Showdown With Catholic University

Springfield, Mass. - October 19, 2017 - The Springfield College football team will host Catholic for the first time ever on Saturday, October 21 at 1:00 pm in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) contest. 

Last Week...
The Springfield College football team continued its winning ways on Saturday as it entered the game with the most potent rushing attack in all of college football and finished the game with 429 yards of total offense, including 353 on the ground.  Jordan Wilcox (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) continued to put up impressive numbers as the fullback carried the ball 25 times for 169 yards and a score, averaging 6.8 yards per carry.  Jake Eglintine (Ballston Spa, N.Y.) rushed for 79 yards and two scores, while also completing three passes for 76 yards and two scores. Jakai Whittingham (Meriden, Conn.) found the end zone twice. 

As impressive as Springfield's offense was, it was its defense that was dominant in the contest.  Christian Zotti (Newington, Conn.) totaled a game-high 11 stops and Nick Giorgio (Cumberland, R.I.) had eight stops, including four for a loss of 23 yards.  The Pride held Merchant Marine to just 104 yards of rushing, 290 below their average,  had 10 tackles for loss in the contest, and held the Mariners to just 4-of-17 on third down conversions.

New Conference, Same Mission
The newly formed football league consists of eight elite institutions that come from six different states and have combined for 17 NCAA championship appearances. The eight founding members are; Catholic University of America, MIT, Maine Maritime Academy, Norwich University, Springfield College, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and WPI.

What A Start...
Springfield is looking to start the year with eight wins for the first time since 2003, when the Pride started off the year 10-0.  In 2003, the Pride reached the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament, advancing to the second round.

For a program that dates back to 1890, Springfield's impressive season continues, as it has now started the season 7-0 for just the sixth time in program history, the fifth such instance since 1998. Springfield's 7-0 start makes them one of just four teams in Division III to win their first seven games of the season, and one of 44 who have yet to suffer a loss this year in all of college football, including 17 at the Division III level.

About the Matchup...
This is Springfield's first ever meeting with Catholic.

In the Rankings...
After a 7-0 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 41 programs out of the 249 Division III football programs in the country to be mentioned in the poll. Currently with the 23th most votes in the country, this is the highest Springfield has been ranked this season.

In the American Football Coaches Association Division III Coaches' Poll, Springfield is currently ranked 22nd in the nation. From a regional standout, Springfield is the top ranked team in New England according to the latest New England Football Writers Grinold Chapter Division III Poll, garnering 13 out of a possible 15 first-place votes. 

National Leaders...
The Springfield College football team has the best rushing offense in all of college football, which consists of 661 teams, as the Pride is averaging 422.3 yards per game.

Springfield is 14th in scoring offense (40.9) and tied for 8th in first-down offense (158), while defensively Springfield is ninth in the country in red zone defense (.533), fourth in third-down conversion defense (.218), while also ranking sixth in total defense (220.4) and 13th in scoring defense (11.7). Individually, Jordan Wilcox is tied for sixth in the nation in total rushing yards (1,029), is tied for 15th in rushing touchdowns (10), and is ninth in rushing yards per game (147), while Jake Eglintine is also 15th in the nation in rushing touchdowns (10).  Defensively, Nick Giorgio is 1th in the nation in tackles for loss, averaging 1.9 per game. 

Both Sides of the Ball...
Springfield has been getting it done on both sides of the ball this year, ranking 13th in scoring defense (11.7 points per game) and 14th in scoring offense (40.9 points per game). Among the 249 Division III football teams, Springfield is one of just four programs to appear in the top 15 in these categories, along with the likes of Mount Union, St. Johns, and Trine.

About Catholic…
Catholic is 3-3 on the season, including 1-2 in conference play as it defeated by WPI (31-14) on Oct. 7 after topping Coast Guard (20-14) the week prior. The Cardinals are averaging 278 yards of total offense a game, including 187 yards per contest through the air. Defensively, they are surrendering 403 yards per game and 23.8 points per outing to their opponents.