Schenectady, N.Y. -- September 29, 2012 -- Freshman Jon Marrero ran for 119 yards and passed for an additional 118 for the Springfield College football team, but turnovers proved to be a major factor in Union College's 49-21 Liberty League victory over the Pride this evening in upstate New York.
With the win, Union is now 2-3 overall, but 2-0 in the Liberty League. Springfield is now 3-2, but suffered its first conference loss and is 1-1 in the league.
Marrero, a native of Boston, Mass., was making his first start at quarterback for the Pride. SC's first two QB's have both suffered injuries (junior Austin Bateman in game #2 and sophomore Rob Merckling in game #4) and are both likely out for the season. Marrero showed promise, however, in last Saturday's 44-14 victory over Rochester.
But in tonight's contest, Springfield had its difficulties in the first quarter, and trailed 21-0 after the first 13 1/2 minutes.
SC was forced to punt in its first series, but a block caused a turnover and gave the Dutchmen a first and goal at the SC one yard line. A one-yard run by Dylan Schuck on the next play was the game's first score, with Tosin Kazeem adding the extra point (the first of seven for Kazeem). With 8:38 left in the first quarter, it was 7-0, Union.
Following an SC fumble, it took the Dutchmen four plays to travel 40 yards for the team's second score. With 6:57 left, Union QB Conner Eck found Kyle Reynolds for a 13-yard TD, and it was now 14-0.
With 1:29 left in the opening stanza, Schuck scored from three yards out. Union had capitalized on a five-play, 52-yard scoring drive, making it 21-0.
In the second quarter, SC began to get untracked. It was Marrero scoring on a 10-yard run with senior placekicker Ricky Peacock (Tucker, Ga.) adding the first of his three extra points.
It remained that way through the half.
Early in the third quarter, it appeared that SC would make a game of this as Marrero hit junior wide receiver James Poggio (East Granby. Conn.) with a 55-yard TD pass, and the Pride was as close as it would be all night.
But Union responded when Tim Hersey tallied on a 14-yard rush up the middle with 9:23 left in the third. That culminated a 10-play, 75-yard march.
On SC's next series, Marrero threw his only interception of the night. It took five plays for the Dutchmen to move 22 yards for the score, with Eck completing a six-yard TD to Eric Zavadsky. Union's lead was back up to a 21-point differential, 35-14.
Yet SC would come back. With 52 seconds left in the third quarter, Marrero hit senior Phil Baier (Braintree, Mass.) from 35 yards away for his second TD pass of the night -- and Union led, 35-21.
The fourth quarter, however, belonged to Union. With 11:19 left, Hersey scored on a 19-yard run. With 6:44 left, Eck completed his third TD pass, this one to Zavadsky from three yards out.
Union did not suffer any turnovers in this contest, while SC fumbled five times and threw one interception. Marrero finished 4-for-10 for 118 yards and two TD's in passing. He ran for 119 yards and one TD in 22 carries. For Union, Eck completed 7-of-16 passes for 87 yards and three TD's. He rushed for 67 yards on 12 totes.
Defensively for the Pride, senior LB Kevin Shields (Melville, N.Y.) finished with a team-high 11 tackles. Junior FS Sam Weiss (Glasser, N.J.) and sophomore DE Max Nacewicz (Newtown, Conn.) produced seven stops apiece.
Next Saturday (Oct. 6), Springfield will meet unbeaten Hobart on the road at 12 noon.