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Springfield Remains No. 2 in Latest NE Division III Football Poll

Cody Flanigan Springfield, Mass. -- October 6, 2009 -- Springfield College remains No. 2 in the latest New England Division III football poll, ranked only behind 2-0 Trinity and just ahead of 4-1 Plymouth State. The Pride owns a record of 3-1 following its 43-16 win at Utica last Saturday.

This is the third week of the poll. Springfield was ranked No. 1 after one week, but has now been ranked No. 2 behind Trinity in each of the past two weeks.

Trinity has garnered 166 points, including 15 of 17 first-place votes. In second is Springfield with 144 points and one first-place vote. In third is Plymouth State with 140 points and one first-place vote. The remainder of the top 10 includes Amherst (2-0) with 116 points, WPI (3-2) with 70 points, Curry (3-2) with 68 points, Framingham State (4-1) with 67 points, Williams (1-1) with 65 points, Bowdoin (1-1) with 33 points, and Maine Maritime (3-1) with 26 points.

Springfield was ranked #1 in the nation in rushing offense (430.2 yards per game) entering the Utica contest this past Saturday. Among individuals, sophomore QB Josh Carter (Marlborough, Mass.) was ranked #8 in rushing, while senior Jarred Burrell (Warwick, R.I.) was ranked #6 in punt returns and #7 in kickoff returns entering that game. Burrell improved his averages by quite a margin. The latest rankings will be revealed on Wednesday.

2009 New England Division III Football Poll -- Week #3

1) Trinity (2-0) (15 first-place votes) -- 166 points
2) Springfield (3-1) (1 first-place vote) -- 144 points
3) Plymouth State (4-1) (1 first-place vote) -- 140 points
4) Amherst (2-0) -- 118
5) WPI (3-2) -- 70
6) Curry (3-2) -- 68
7) Framingham State (4-1) -- 67
8) Williams (1-1) -- 65
9) Bowdoin (1-1) -- 33
10) Maine Maritime (3-1) -- 26

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