Canton, N.Y. -- October 20, 2012 -- Jonathan Marrero and Mike Davis led their Springfield College football team to a 33-20 Liberty League victory over St. Lawrence University at Leckonby Field this afternoon. With its second win in a row, the Pride is now 5-3 overall, 3-2 in the conference.
St. Lawrence remains winless and is now 0-7 overall, 0-4 in the conference.
It was the first meeting between the two teams since 1946. SC now owns a 3-1 edge in the series.
Springfield spotted the Saints an early lead at 7-0. But the Pride then scored 26 consecutive points, and led 26-7 at the half.
St. Lawrence had some of the better of it in terms of statistics, such as first downs (25-17), time of possession (32:22 to 27:38), and total yards (352-342). But SC made some big plays at important times of the contest, and led on the scoreboard from early in the second quarter on.
Marrero, a freshman quarterback making his fourth start of his career, was coming off a spectacular week in which he led SC to a 66-13 win over the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Last week, the Boston native had run for three touchdowns and passed for four more -- all in the first half. This week, Marrero ran for 103 yards and scored two TDs, including a 63-yarder that tied the score with 49 seconds left in the first quarter.
The Saints were led offensively by Mike Tateosian’s game-high eight catches for 79 yards, while Brad Parrott and Evan Shifley added touchdown receptions. Defensively, senior Joe Napolitano had a game-high 12 tackles, while Springfield was led by junior free safety Sam Weiss (Glasser, N.J.) and senior cornerback Brian Staub (Brick, N.J.) with 11 stops each. Additionally, senior LB Kevin Shields (Melville, N.Y.) had 10 tackles for SC.
St. Lawrence came out clicking on its first drive, which covered 79 yards on 16 plays to build a 7-0 lead. Danny Metzgar, making his first start at home, led the hurry up offense, converting on four third downs, including a nine-yard touchdown pass to Shifley to put the Scarlet and Brown on top. Chris Dris added the extra point for a 7-0 lead.
Though Springfield went three-and-out on its first possession, the Pride would score on four consecutive drives to build an impressive lead. Marrero’s 63-yard rush helped tie the game, with senior placekicker Ricky Peacock’s (Tucker, Ga.) extra point, while freshman RB Andrew Alty (Norwood, Mass.) raced in from 67 yards out to give the visitors a 13-7 advantage. Peacock’s point after was blocked by senior co-captain Oraene Morgan.
After the Saints’ offense went three-and-out, Dris had his punt stuffed inside his own 20-yard line by sophomore LB Mike Dublin (Portsmouth, R.I.), giving the Pride the ball at the Saints 14. Freshman FB Keith Rodman (Northvale, N.J.) would cap the short five play drive with a two yard score for a 19-7 lead, though the two-point conversion failed.
Springfield would cap the first half scoring with a 74-yard drive, aided by a 24-yard run by Davis, a senior running back from Madison, Conn., and a 15-yard penalty against St. Lawrence. Davis would finish the drive from four yards out, giving Springfield a 25-7 lead with 4:56 remaining in the first half. Peacock’s extra point try pushed the lead to 26-7.
St. Lawrence would have a chance at the end of the first half deep in Springfield territory. Though the team found the red zone, they were unable to push the pile on 4th-and-inches, turning the ball over at the Pride 6-yard line to end the first half trailing by three scores.
After the defense forced a punt from Springfield, the St. Lawrence offense would turn in a seven play, 47-yard scoring drive, as Metzgar used the QB sneak to cross the goal line from the 1-yard line. Dris’ extra point was good, pulling the Saints within two scores at 26-14 early in the third quarter.
However, a 15-play, 67-yard Springfield drive that took 8:10 would take the momentum away from the home team once again. The critical play on the drive came with Springfield facing a 3rd-and-16 at the Saints 34-yard line, as Marrero’s pass fell incomplete to senior WR Phil Baier (Braintree, Mass.). But pass interference was whistled against the home team, giving the Pride a fresh set of downs. Three plays later, Springfield was celebrating a 33-14 lead thanks to an 18-yard score by Marrero. That was followed by Peacock’s extra point.
Metzgar continued to shine, leading a 9-play, 73-yard touchdown drive to bring the score to 33-20 with 14:22 left in regulation. He once again converted a pair of long third downs, and eventually found Parrott on a roll out to his right for a 7-yard touchdown score. Dris added the point after.
The Saints’ defense would stop Springfield on the ensuing drive, but not before the visitors wiped 8:39 off the game clock, forcing the Scarlet and Brown to attack through the air. Though Metzgar would get his offense to the Springfield 24-yard line, rookie Jake Gnieser was stopped on 4th-and-1, giving possession back to the Pride on downs, who ran out the clock after kneeling on the ball.
Besides Marrero's 103 yards and 2 TDs rushing, Davis finished with 82 yards and 1 TD on the ground, while Alty had one carry for 67 yards and a TD, and Rodman had nine carries for 53 yards and one TD. Senior FB Joel Altavesta (Tewksbury, Mass.) ended with 36 yards on eight carries.
St. Lawrence will hit the road next week to Worcester, Mass. as the Saints will take on WPI on Saturday, October 27 at noon. Springfield will take advantage of a bye, and won't play again until it hosts RPI on Saturday, November 3 at 12 noon for Senior Day.