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Football Wraps Up Regular Season Versus MIT on Saturday

Football Wraps Up Regular Season Versus MIT on Saturday

Springfield, Mass. – November 11, 2019 – The Springfield College football team will play its final regular season game and wrap New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play Saturday at 12:00 PM at Stagg Field as they host MIT. 

Last Week...

The Springfield College football team erupted for 621 yards of total offense to cruise past Maine Maritime, 56-7, on Saturday afternoon in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play. It was a historic performance by Springfield as the offense churned out a program-record 84 rushing attempts, besting the previous mark of 83 that was set against Norwich in 1991. All told, the Pride ran for 561 yards in the victory and averaged 6.7 yards per carry.  Isaiah Cashwell-Doe (Woburn, Mass.) had a team-best 95 yards as 12 different players carried the ball in the win.  Nick Rajotte (North Attelboro, Mass.) found the end zone twice to highlight the ground attack in a game where the Pride had the ball on offense for 38:29.  Defensively, the Pride allowed just 162 yards of total offense, including only 45 rushing yards, and forced five turnovers, as Chaz Ruffin (Enfield, Conn.) had a pair of sacks and Christian Hutra (Holmes, N.Y.) made all eight of his extra point attempts.

About the Matchup...

Springfields game against MIT will be only the 3rd matchup ever, the contest is split 1-1.  Last year, the Springfield College football team dropped its regular-season finale to MIT, 22-7.  MIT held Springfield to just 143 rushing yards on 63 attempts and outgained the Pride in the air by a 138-106 margin, as the visitors were hampered by four turnovers in the game. Time of possession was slanted 35:24-24:36 in favor of Springfield as the visitors also converted on 3-of-5 fourth down attempts.  Hunter Belzo (Middletown, Conn.) ran for 53 yards and threw for 106, while Marlowe Scott (Dorchester, Mass.) had seven tackles and an interception. 

National Leaders...

Category Rank Statistic
Rushing Offense 1st 362 YPG
Passing Yards per Completion 1st 24.63 YPC
Kick Returns  25th 23.19 YPR
Blocked Punts 26th 2
Red Zone Defense  49th .629
First Down Offense  63rd 189
Fumbles Recovered 60th 8
4th Down Conversion Pct 9th 0.667
First Down Defense 49th 145
Rushing Defense 33rd 95.7 
Scoring Defense  92nd 22.4
Time of Possession 20th 33:22
Blocked Kicks  Shamar Martin 19th (2)
Fumbles Recovered  Kyle Niehr, Cj Lavery 42nd (2)
Kickoff Return TD's Kejuan Farquharson 1st  (2 TDs)
Rushing TDs Chad Shade 67th (8 TDs)
Rushing Yards Chad Shade 79th (730)
Rushing Yards per Carry Tim Callahan 45th (5.85 YPC)
Rushing Yards per Game Chad Shade 88th (81.1 YPG)
Field Goals per Game Christian Hutra 99th (.56)
Punt Return TD's Damien Rabis, Nick Kneski 9th (1 TD)
Sacks Chaz Ruffin 70th (0.75)

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.

There are several scenarios for how the regular season championship will be decided this weekend.

Scenario 1: Springfield defeats MIT and will have a share of the NEWMAC title if WPI also wins.
Scenario 2: MIT defeats Springfield and will have a share of the NEWMAC title if WPI also wins.
Scenario 3: WPI defeats Norwich and will have a share of the NEWMAC title with the winner of Springfield vs. MIT.
Scenario 4: If WPI loses the winner of the Springfield vs. MIT game will be the lone Regular Season Champion.

Conference Slate...
Through the first three years of the NEWMAC schedule, Springfield owns a 17-3 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 362 yards per game is the third-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 31st-toughest schedule of any of the 247 Division III football programs.  The Pride's past opposition have gone 41-30 for a .577winning percentage, while its cumulative opposition is 47-32 for a winning percentage of .595, which is 10th 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 five 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 MIT...
MIT comes into the game with a record of 6-2 overall and 5-1 in NEWMAC play. The Engineers are led by senior quarterback Chris Mauck, who has thrown for 1362 yards and 17 touchdowns this season and wide receiver Keithen Shepard has racked up 497 yards and 10 touchdowns during his junior campaign. The Engineers rushing defense currently ranks best in the NEWMAC, as MIT is allowed just 92 yards per contest.

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