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Football Travels North To Face Maine Maritime

Football Travels North To Face Maine Maritime

Springfield, Mass. – November 7, 2019 – The Springfield College football continues New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play Saturday at 12:00 PM as they travel to Maine Maritime. 

Last Week...

The Springfield College football team had its bye last week, but previously scored a season-best 49 points as it cruised past Catholic, 49-21, on Stagg Field on October 26. The Pride won for the fourth-consecutive week to improve to 5-3, 3-1 in conference play. For the game, Springfield erupted for a season-best 562 yards of offense as it ran 80 plays and averaged seven yards per play. Springfield's offense had 29 first downs in the game and featured 470 rushing yards as 11 different players carried the ball in the win. Tim Callahan (Enfield, Conn.) once again eclipsed the 100-yard mark as he totaled 122 yards on the ground, while fellow fullback Patrick Ladas (Middlefield, Conn.) registered 74 yards and two scores.  Chad Shade (Pittsfield, Mass.) threw for 92 yards and a score and also ran for 66 and a touchdown.  Defensively, David McMullen (Warwick, R.I.) made a team-best seven stops and forced a fumble to lead a Springfield squad that held the Cardinals to just 3-of-12 on third-down conversions.  

About the Matchup...

Springfield has won the only two meetings between the two teams, outscoring Maine Maritime 106-7.  Last year, fullback Joshua Thomas (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) rushed for three touchdowns to lead the Springfield College football team to a dominating 44-7 win over Maine Maritime. Springfield College's offense produced 387 yards of total offense, as it was led by 108 yards on 18 carries from junior Hunter Belzo (Middletown, Conn.), while Thomas collected 75 yards on 14 attempts with three scores. Mikey Dragone(Harrison, N.Y.) was effective as well at the fullback position, as he produced 80 yards on 13 carries and recorded his first-career touchdown with the maroon and white. Defensively, Springfield College was led by the efforts of Tom Casey (Tewksbury, Mass.) and AJ Smith (Rahway, N.J.), who notched seven tackles apiece, while Nick Giorgio (Cumberland, R.I.) had a team-best four tackles-for-loss, including two sacks, as well as a forced fumble, and fumble recovery on the afternoon.

National Leaders...

Category Rank Statistic
Rushing Offense 1st 337.1 YPG
Passing Yards per Completion 1st 23.86 YPC
Kick Returns  25th 24.71 YPR
Blocked Punts 26th 2
Red Zone Defense  50th .629
First Down Offense  99th 157
Fumbles Recovered 82nd 5
4th Down Conversion Pct 21st 0.615
First Down Defense 88th 140
Blocked Kicks  Shamar Martin 18th (2)
Fumbles Recovered  Kyle Niehr, Cj Lavery 34th (2)
Kickoff Return TD's Kejuan Farquharson 1st  (2 TDs)
Rushing TDs Chad Shade 69th (7 TDs)
Rushing Yards Chad Shade 55th (692)
Rushing Yards per Carry Tim Callahan 49th (5.81 YPC)
Rushing Yards per Game Chad Shade 64th (86.5 YPG)
Field Goals per Game Christian Hutra 83rd (.71)
Punt Return TD's Damien Rabis, Nick Kneski 8th (1 TD)

Playing for the Title and A Bid...
2019 will mark the first year that a football program from the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) will earn an automatic bid into the NCAA Division III Championship tournament. The eight founding members of Catholic University of America, MIT, Maine Maritime Academy, Norwich University, Springfield College, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and WPI began competing in 2017 and Springfield earned an at-large bid into the national tournament after going 10-0 in the regular season.  Last year, MIT also earned an at-large bid, giving the conference their second-straight team in the NCAA's, despite not having an AQ because of the two-year grace period for new conferences.

Conference Slate...
Through the first three years of the NEWMAC schedule, Springfield owns a 16-3 record against conference foes. The Pride went a perfect 7-0 in conference action in 2017 en route to claiming the inaugural title as it averaged 47 points and over 500 yards of offense per NEWMAC game.  Last season the Pride went 5-2, with setbacks to MIT and Merchant Marine, scored 23.4 points and totaled 320 yards of offense per game.  

On the Ground...

According to the NCAA statistics website, Springfield ranks first in Division III for rushing offense, as their 337.1 yards per game is the sixth-best average across NCAA FBS, FCS, and Division II and III.  

What a Schedule...
According to the NCAA Statistics website, through games played on November 3 Springfield College has played the seventh-toughest schedule of any of the 247 Division III football programs.  The Pride's past opposition have gone 37-18 for a .672 winning percentage, while its cumulative opposition is 42-28 for a winning percentage of .600, which is also seventh best in the nation.  

Special Teams Spark...
Kejuan Farquharson (Hyde Park, Mass) has registered two kickoff returns for touchdowns this season, and is one of only three players across the Division III football landscape to do so this season. 

California Bound...
Springfield College junior AJ Smith (Rahway, N.J.) was selected to attend the 2020 NCAA Division III Student Immersion Program this upcoming January in conjunction with the NCAA Convention in Anaheim, Calif.  Smith was one of only 40 Division III student-athletes accepted into the program.  This is the fourth-straight year that Springfield College has had a student-athlete selected for this unique opportunity, as Shamar Martin attended the convention in Orlando last year, Marlowe Scott traveled to Indianapolis in 2018, and Nick Ruiz attended the national convention in Nashville in 2017.

About Maine Maritime...
Catholic comes into the game with a record of 0-8 overall and 0-5 in NEWMAC play. The Mariners are led by junior quarterback Nikolas Moquin, who has thrown for 1268 yards and 10 touchdowns this season and wide receiver Dominic Casale has registered 50 receptions for 644 yards and 9 touchdowns. Their defense is led by linebackers Spencer Baron and Terrell Thomas, who have combined for 125 tackles on the season. 

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