Springfield, Mass. -- October 22, 2011 -- The St. John Fisher football team ran out to a 23-0 lead at halftime, and went on to defeat Springfield College, 33-6, this afternoon at Amos Alonzo Stagg Field in an Empire 8 contest, spoiling the hosts' Senior Day. With the win, the Cardinals are now 6-1 overall, 4-0 in league play. Springfield falls to 4-3 overall, 2-3 in the conference.
Junior quarterback Ryan Kramer (Oneida, N.Y.) had a solid day for the Cardinals, rushing for 90 yards and two touchdowns. He also completed 14 passes in 22 attempts for 198 more yards and two more TDs. He was intercepted twice, but was not sacked.
Sophomore RB Cody Miller (Spencerport, N.Y.) ran for an additional 73 yards on 26 carries for the visitors. Senior WR Ryan Schmidt (Whitesboro, N.Y.) caught six passes for 91 yards and scored one TD.
A big part of today's story was the St. John Fisher defense holding the Springfield rushing attack to 132 net yards on 42 carries, a 3.1 per rush average. SC was ranked No. 1 in the nation in rushing offense entering this afternoon's play with 388.0 yards rushing per game.
Senior quarterback Josh Carter (Marlborough, Mass.) was held to 46 yards rushing and was held scoreless. Carter was averaging 142.5 yards rushing --ninth in the country in Division III, and was held off the scoreboard completely. He was ranked No. 1 in the country in scoring in Division III -- averaging 16.67 points per game entering the game.
St. John Fisher took a 6-0 lead after one quarter of play. Kramer dove into the end zone on a fourth-and-inches with 3:24 left in that period. That capped an 18-play, 78-yard drive that took 8:56 off the clock.
In the second quarter, SJF scored the first of its 17 points in that period when Kramer hit senior HB Artie Bigsby (Cazenovia, N.Y.) for a 14-yard TD. That concluded a 7-play, 67-yard drive. Chad Monheim's extra point was good and the Cardinals led, 13-0, with 13:17 left before the half.
After a three-and-out by the Pride, SJF took advantage of great field position. On a third-and-24 at the SC 43, Kramer hit Schmidt in stride for a 39-yard gain to the SC 4. On the next play, Miller gained three yards, but fumbled into the end zone. But Kramer became very opportunistic, pouncing on the ball in the end zone for the touchdown. That made it 20-0.
With 1:25 left, Monheim, a senior kicker from Webster, N.Y., booted home a 22-yard field goal, giving SJF a 23-0 halftime lead. That capped an 11-play, 43-yard drive that took another 5:55 off the clock.
In the second half, St. John Fisher added to the lead when Monheim hit a 20-yard field goal with 4:12 to go in the third quarter, making it 26-0. That ended a 13-play, 45-yard drive.
Springfield finally came to life with a 12-play, 80-yard march of its own. Senior FB Erik Chiarella, who had yet to play this year, scored on a 3-yard run on a third-and-goal. The two point conversion failed. That came as the third quarter ended. Springfield now trailed by 20 points, 26-6.
In the fourth period, Schmidt closed the scoring on a 13-yard pass from Kramer with 4:07 remaining.
For the Cardinals, senior DL Chris Sawyer (Troy, N.Y.) led with seven tackles. He also had one sack. Four additional players had six tackles apiece. They were senior DB Dave Vosburgh (Pittsford, N.Y.), senior DL Mike Benderski (Chittenango, N.Y.), sophomore DL Mason Judd (Macedon, N.Y.), and senior LB Brenden Moore (Jamesville, N.Y.).
For Springfield, two players led all tacklers with 11 each. They were junior LB Kevin Shields (Melville, N.Y.) and senior free safety and co-captain James Kikel (Glendale, N.Y.). As a team, SC accumulated seven tackles-for-loss and had two interceptions (by senior CB Phil Davis (Windsor, Conn.) and by senior SS and co-captain Matt Ramos (Milford, Conn.).
Springfield will end its season by playing three consecutive road games, starting next Saturday (Oct. 29) at Hartwick at 1 pm.