Ithaca, N.Y. - November 1, 2008 - Junior running back Thomas Bergerstock (Webster Thomas/Webster) ran for 175 yards and four touchdowns as the Ithaca Bombers (7-1, 4-1 Empire 8) closed out its regular season at home by defeating the visiting Springfield College Pride (2-6, 0-4) 37-8 Saturday afternoon.
The Bombers can clinch a share of the Empire 8 title with a win at Alfred next week.
Springfield found itself down quickly (13-0 at the quarter, and 23-0 at the half), but showed some good signs of life early in the third quarter when it scored its only touchdown, then adding a strange two-point conversion. Springfield scored after recovering a Bomber fumble at the Ithaca 25-yard line. Freshman quarterback Josh Carter (Marlborough/Marlborough, Mass.) scored on a five-yard run. The Pride added the two-point conversion after trying to kick the extra point. The kick was blocked and caught by sophomore lineman John Barbagallo (St. John’s Prep/North Andover, Mass.) who then lugged it into the end zone.
Bergerstock went over 100 yards in the first quarter, capping Ithaca’s first two drives with touchdown runs of 45 and nine yards. He added a14-yard score in the second quarter and tallied the game’s final touchdown in the fourth quarter, scoring on a two-yard run..
Senior linebacker Matt Scalice (North Tonawanda/North Tonawanda) led Ithaca with a game-best 11 tackles. Senior linebacker John Scanlon (Amity/Choate Rosemary Hall/Bethany, Conn.) added nine. Both made two tackles for loss. Senior cornerback Jason Chier (Chenango Forks/Binghamton) made six tackles and intercepted a pass. Sophomore defensive end Matt Dibble (Columbia/East Schodack) was in on a career-high three tackles for loss..
Carter ran for 75 yards on 18 carries (46 yards came on one play) and threw for 51 yards.
Two Bomber quarterbacks combined to throw for 243 yards. Sophomore Brian Grastorf (Niskayuna/Rexford) completed all six of his throws for a career-best 110 yards in the third and fourth quarters. He threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Kyle Crandall (Herkimer/Herkimer) in the third quarter. Senior Dan Juvan (Dobbs Ferry/Yonkers) threw for 133 yards, completing 10 of 19 passes..
Crandall led all receivers with career-best totals of nine catches and 162 yards..
Junior free safety Jarred Burrell (Pilgrim/Warwick, R.I.) and senior linebacker Tom Caporale (North Valley Demarest/Closter, N.J.) led Springfield with 10 tackles apiece. Springfield sacked Ithaca quarterbacks four times, after Ithaca had not allowed a sack in the previous four weeks.
Freshman Andrew Rogowski (Canisius/East Amherst) kicked a 22-yard field goal and added extra points after four of Ithaca’s five touchdowns.
Ithaca wraps up its conference schedule next week, playing at Alfred. The Pride hosts Hartwick at 12 noon at Stagg Field.