Springfield, Mass. -- September 10, 2011 -- Senior quarterback Josh Carter ran for three touchdowns and passed for two more in leading the Springfield College football team to a 48-24 victory over Frostburg State this afternoon at sunny and warm Amos Alonzo Stagg Field. It was the season opener for the Pride, now 1-0, and the first Empire 8 game for Frostburg State, now 1-1.
It was very much an offensive affair, especially in the first half, and even more so in the first quarter, which ended 21-14 in favor of SC. By the half, it was 28-24, SC.
In the second half, Springfield shut out the Bobcats, although Frostburg certainly had its chances.
Carter, who hails from Marlborough, Mass., wound up with 189 yards rushing and two TDs on 17 carries. He also passed for 82 more yards and two TDs. He was 2-for-4 with no interceptions and was not sacked.
Carter had plenty of help. Sophomore fullback Brodie Quinn (Pittsfield, Mass.) added 151 yards rushing and one TD on 17 carries. Junior halfback Andy Bean (Coventry, R.I.) had 92 yards and one TD on just four carries. And junior halfback Mike Davis (Madison, Conn.) had 46 more yards rushing on just three carries.
Overall, Springfield finished with 604 total yards on 57 plays, while Frostburg finished with 411 yards on 85 plays. The difference was "big" plays. Springfield had touchdown runs of 93 yards, 76 yards, 71 yards, and 33 yards. Their touchdown pass plays were of 17 and 65 yards. SC averaged 9.8 yards per rush, and 10.6 yards per play.
Frostburg relied heavily on the duo of senior running back Patrick Pinchinat (Rockville, Md.) and running back JD Hook (LaVale, Md.). Pinchinat rushed for 101 yards and one TD on 24 carries, while Hook was good for 57 yards rushing on 11 totes.
Quarterback Josh Volpe was 22-of-44 for an even 250 yards and one TD passing. He was sacked twice, and threw one interception (by senior CB Will Turner (Milford, Conn.)) in the last minute of the game.
Sophomore WR Pablo Said (Baltimore, Md.) was the game's leading receiver with eight catches for 104 yards. Senior TE Russell Collins (Frederick, Md.) added four catches for 27 yards. Pinchinat totalled three catches for 27 more yards.
Defensively, senior ILB Scott Christy (Monroe, Conn.) led the Pride with 22 tackles. He also had one forced fumble and two pass break-ups. Junior ILB Kevin Shields (Melville, N.Y.) added 16 tackles. Senior co-captains Matt Ramos (Milford, Conn.) and James Kikel (Glendale, N.Y.) both finished with nine tackles. Ramos, a strong safety, also had two pass break-ups. Kikel, a free safety, had five solo stops within his nine tackles.
For Frostburg, freshman LB Anthony Chase led with 11 tackles, including six solos. He also had two tackles-for-loss and one forced fumble. Sophomore defensive end Mike Jones (Baltimore Md.) was next with eight tackles.
After Springfield stopped the Bobcats with one first down to start the game, Frostburg punted to the SC two. The Pride scored two plays later on a Quinn 93-yard run. The extra point was missed, but SC led, 6-0, with 12:19 left.
Just two minutes and six seconds later, junior DB Brendon Blanchette (Westminster, Md.) picked up a loose ball and rumbled in from 16 yards out , giving SFU a 7-6 lead.
With 5:56 left, Carter scored the first of his three rushing touchdowns from one yard out. A two-point conversion pass from Carter to senior TE Brian White (Pleasantville, N.Y.) upped the count to 14-7, SC.
With 2:02 left, Pinchinat tied it at 14-all from four yards out.
With 1:06 left, Carter ran around right end to give the Pride a 21-14 first quarter lead.
With 5:14 left in the second period, Volpe hooked up with Hook an an 8-yard TD pass and it was 21-all.
Then on a third-down play, Davis scored on a 17-yard TD completion from Carter, and that gave SC the lead for good. at 24-21.
With three seconds left, sophomore kicker Jonathan Adams (Hagerstown, Md.) booted home a 28-yard field goal to close the FSU scoring. It was 28-24, SC, at the half.
In the second half, the Pride scored on three long plays -- a Bean 76-yard run with 13:57 left in the third, a Carter 71-yard run with 10:30 left in the fourth, and a 65-yard pass play from Carter to a wide-open junior WR Phil Baier (Braintree, Mass.) with 8:30 remaining in the game.
Frostburg State's best chance to score in the second half came after a 12-play, 70-yard march midway through the third quarter. But on a fourth-and-goal from the one, Pinchinat was stopped for no gain. Christy and senior DT Paul Freeman (West Bridgewater, Mass.) were credited with the tackle.
Next Saturday, Springfield hosts Husson of Bangor, Me. at 1:30 pm at Stagg Field.