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Football Ranked #2 in the Latest New England Division III Coaches Poll

Springfield College Football Middletown, Conn. -- October 12, 2010 -- The Springfield College football team dropped a notch to second place in the latest New England Division III Football Coaches poll. The Pride now trail Amherst by a mere four points. Last week, SC and Amherst were in a flat-footed tie for first, but Springfield was idle last Saturday.

Amherst (3-0) leads with 184 points, including 10 first-place votes. Springfield (4-1) is second with 180 points and eight first-place votes. In third is Williams (3-0) with 149 points and the remaining two first-place votes.

In fourth is Endicott (5-1) with 130 points, followed by Framingham State (5-1) with 113, Maine Maritime (4-1) with 76, Plymouth State (5-1) with 74, Trinity (2-1) with 71, Western New England (5-1) with 67, and Norwich (5-1) with 51 points.

WNEC is the only new arrival in the top 10. Curry, which WNEC defeated last Saturday, dropped out of the top 10.

SC has now been ranked first, second, tied for first, and second in the first four polls. The Pride last played on Saturday, Oct. 2 when it defeated Kings Point, 64-0.

Springfield is averaging 43.6 points per game this season, eighth nationally, while giving up 9.8 points per game. Both of those figures are first in the conference. In rushing offense, SC is doing very well as usual, averaging 439.6 yards per game. That's second in the nation, first in the Empire 8. In total offense, SC is ranked 5th nationally with 507.6 yards per game. That's also first in the conference.

In scoring defense, SC is ranked seventh nationally, allowing just 9.8 points per game. That's also first in the league. In total defense, SC is allowing 255.8 yards per game. That's 24th nationally, and first in the conference. SC has two shutouts this season -- versus Husson (51-0) and versus Kings Point (64-0).

Springfield is now ranked tied for 34th nationally in the d3football.com poll. SC is also receiving points in the Lambert Poll (for Eastern supremacy).

The Pride will host Empire 8-foe Utica this Saturday at 1:30 pm. It is Homecoming Day on the SC campus.

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