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Football Heads To New Jersey For Showdown With Kean

Football Heads To New Jersey For Showdown With Kean

Springfield, Mass. – September 6, 2018 – The Springfield College football team will look to continue its winning ways when traveling to Kean University on Saturday, September 8th at 1:00 p.m. This game marks the second ever matchup between these two schools.

Last Week...

The Springfield College football opened up the season with a 42-21 victory over rival Western New England University last Friday in front of over 5,000 fans at at Stagg Field. Friday's game was the sixth matchup of the Pynchon SAW rivalry 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.  

Junior quarterback Chad Shade (Pittsfield, Mass.) proved to be the deciding factor in the win, carrying the ball 22 times for 247 yards while scoring all six of Springfield's touchdowns.  Additionally, senior Joshua Thomas (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) added 96 yards on the ground, averaging 8.7 yards per carry.  Defensively, sophomore AJ Smith (Rahway, N.J.) led the way with 11 tackles while senior defensive end Nick Giorgio (Cumberland, R.I.) and sophomore Kyle Niehr (Bay Shore, N.Y.) posted eight tackles 

Springfield outgained Western New England 445-355 and racked up all of it's offense on the ground while running 20 fewer plays than Western New England.  The Pride produced 20 first downs and went 6-for-10 on third-down conversions.

About the Matchup...

Last season, the Pride defeated Kean 28-8 thanks to Jordan Wilcox (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.), who 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.

National Leaders...

Offensively, the Pride's run game exploded into the national rankings this past week and ranks third in rushing offense, with both Shade and Thomas rank in the top 15 in yards per carry, Shade being sixth in the nation. Springfield's third down conversion percentage ranks 14th nationally while their red zone offense was also something to marvel at, leading nationally in efficiency after converting on 100 percent of its chances on Friday. Individually, Shade leads the nation in both rushing and total touchdowns (6) and total scoring with 36 points responsible for. Defensivly, Kyle Glidden and Niehr rank eight and 18th respectively in forced fumbles and fumble recoveries. 

Back In the Rankings...

After their win over Western New England, Springfield College is one of two teams from New England to be receiving votes in the National Poll and one of only 45 programs out of the 203 Division III football programs in the country to be mentioned in the poll. Springfield has received votes in every national poll since September 6th, 2017.

On a Roll...

The longest regular season winning streak in Springfield College football history is 20 games. This streak spanned from the last five games of the 2002 season until the sixth game of the 2004 season. After the 2002 season ended in the NCAA Championship First Round, the Pride won the first 10 games of the 2013 campaign before losing in the NCAA Tournament.  Springfield then rattled off five wins to start the 2004 campaign before it lost on October 23rd in a 45-24 setback to St. John Fisher.

Back to the Garden State

It's been over 10 years since the Springfield College football team has traveled to compete in New Jersey. The Pride last played Montclair State on Saturday Septemeber 15th, 2007. The game resulted in a 30-33 defeat for the Pride. 

For some of the current Pride members, this game will act as homecoming opportunity to help guarantee a win. The student-athletes that will be returning to their home state are Josh Corporan (Lincoln Park), C.J. Lavery (Verona), Noah Rincon (Hackensack), Shane Brancaleone (Oakland), Anthony Bencosme (Bergenfield), AJ Smith(Rahway), Chris Eichler (Northvale), Jeremy Lipsky (Glen Rock), Sean Foster (Cedar Grove), Ian Porter (Atlantic Highlands), Jeremy Cerbo (Newton), Michael Mancuso (Northvale) and Brandon Brown (Westwood).

About the Cougars...

Kean University was selected to finish fourth among the 10 teams in the NJAC.  The 2017 squad went 4-6 overall and are led by head coach Dan Garrett, now in his 13th season. The Cougars return three All-NJAC selections, including offensive lineman Chris Vurchio.