New London, Conn. - October 12, 2019 - The Springfield College football team held on for a 20-14 victory against Coast Guard in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play at Cadet Memorial Stadium on Saturday.
Springfield evened its record to 3-3 on the year and improved to 2-1 in conference play, while the Bears slipped to 4-2, 1-2.
The Pride finished the day with 331 yards of offense, including 224 on the ground. Springfield had a total of 16 first downs, including 15 in the first half and controlled the ball for 35:50 on the day, including 22:11 in the first 30 minutes of play. Chad Shade (Pittsfield, Mass.) ran for 117 yards and a score and threw for 54 and a score. AJ Smith (Rahway, N.J.) led Springfield with nine tackles.
Springfield cashed in for three points on their opening drive following a 22-yard field goal by Christian Hutra (Holmes, N.Y.) with 10:48 left in the quarter. The eight-play drive featured a critical 42-yard run by Shade as the Pride faced a 3rd and 13. After Coast Guard went three-and-out on their next drive, the Pride struck for the game's first touchdown on a diving 32-yard touchdown snag by Ian Porter (Atlantic Highlands, N.J.) at the 4:43 mark. It marked Springfield's second passing touchdown of the season and capped off a seven-play, 68-yard drive that lasted 4:02.
The Bears answered right back, needing just five plays to go 73 yards for their first touchdown of the game. Ryan Jones connected with Justin Moffat for a 25-yard strike with 2:21 to play to pull the hosts within 10-7.
The Pride then manufactured a 15-play drive that chewed nearly seven minutes off the clock, but could only come away with three points thanks to a 27-yard field goal from Holmes. Another three-and-out by Coast Guard allowed the Springfield offense to get back on the field, and this time the visitors found the end zone. Shade orchestrated a 12-play drive over the next 5:02 that culminated in his one-yard plunge with just 32 seconds remaining in the stanza, which gave Springfield a 20-7 cushion.
It was a much different second half for Springfield, as the Pride would managed just 43 yards and one first down. After neither team scored in the third quarter, Coast Guard got back in the game with its first points of the season in the fourth on a seven-yard touchdown pass from Jones to Damaso Jamie with 12:34 left to make it a 20-14 game. After both teams would exchange a pair of punts, Coast Guard took over at the Springfield 49 with 3:50 left. The Bears drove to the Pride 25 before first year DJ Brown (Wading River, N.Y.) intercepted Jones at the 17 with 2:07 left. Springfield came up empty with a three-and-out on its next possession, and the hosts took over at their own 42 with 1:36 left with a chance to win the game. However, the Springfield defense again came up in a big spot, as C.J. Lavery (Verona, N.J.) intercepted Jones at the Pride 32 with 1:24 to seal the win.
Next Saturday, Springfield will travel to Long Island for a matchup of two of the top rushing offenses in all of college football when it battles Merchant Marine at 2 pm.
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