Springfield played just about everyone on its 102-man roster, including six different quarterbacks in four quarters of action.
It was scoreless until 2:46 remained in the second quarter. At that point, Safer, a 5-8 freshman halfback from St. Johns, Fla., burst through and raced down the left sideline to paydirt from 47 yards out. Gordie Barr, a sophomore from Carolina, R.I., booted home the extra point. He was destined to be 3-for-3 in extra points.
With 59 seconds left, Westfield State kicked a 27-yard field goal to cut the margin to 7-3.
Carter, a 5-11, 180-pound QB from Marlborough, Mass., then drove the team 65 yards in the final 57 seconds, completing a 30-yard TD pass to the right corner of the end zone to senior WR Jason Hurlock (East Lyme, Conn.) with no time left on the clock. Barr’s kick gave the Pride a 14-3 halftime edge.
Sophomore quarterback John Schmaltz (Cromwell, Conn.) then added one final TD on a one-yard run just 4:38 into the third quarter, giving the Pride a 21-3 lead. Schmaltz started the game for Springfield at the QB position. He went 3-for-4 for 19 yards passing. He rushed for 13 yards and one TD on 15 carries, including a long of nine yards.
A total of 19 players had at least one rush for Springfield. Safer led with 61 yards on three carries. Junior QB Tom Bouffard (Newport, Vt.) ran for 32 yards on three carries, including a long of 30, all in the second half. Carter and junior halfback Jared Livingston (Seattle, Wash.) both ran for 21 yards, Carter on eight carries, Livingston on just two.
Defensive stats were sketchy, but freshman defensive back Phil Davis (Windsor, Conn.) did intercept one Westfield State pass.
Springfield, trying to improve upon its 4-6 record from 2007, will play its regular-season opener at Fitchburg State next Thursday, September 4 at 7:00 pm.