Springfield, Mass. -- September 3, 2010 -- The Springfield College football team scored 24 points in the first half en route to a 31-7 victory over King's College of Pennsylvania this evening at Amos Alonzo Stagg Field in its 2010 season opener. Anticipated high winds and rain from Hurricane Earl never did materialize. The flag remained totally limp as the game began at 7 pm.
Springfield is now 1-0, while King's falls to 0-1.
SC scored four touchdowns, three in the first half. The TDs were scored by junior fullback Alex Mendez on a 4-yard run with 9:22 left in the first quarter, by junior quarterback Josh Carter on a 19-yard run with 9:45 left in the second quarter, and by senior wide receiver Tim Brady on a 28-yard pass play from Carter with 6:52 left in the second quarter, and by senior wide receiver John Schmalz on a 71-yard pass play from Carter with 2:53 left in the third quarter. Sophomore placekicker Ricky Peacock added a 32-yard field goal to give the Pride a 10-0 lead after one period of play.
"I thought we played pretty well in the first half," said head coach Mike DeLong, who picked up his 151st career victory at Springfield College. "But the second half turned into a pretty sloppy game. All in all, I would like to give proper credit to our defense. They played well throughout the night."
King's scored its lone TD on a 7-yard pass play from quarterback Corey Lavin to wide receiver Glenn Ford on a fade route with 12:06 left in the second quarter, cutting the SC lead to 10-7 at the time.
The game marked the debut of King's head coach Jeff Knarr, who had been the assistant head coach at Muhlenberg College for the past 11 years.
Eric Ofcharsky of King's was the game's leading rusher with 134 net yards in 26 carries. Ofcharsky also caught three passes for an additional 47 yards. Lavin passed for 101 yards on 11 completions in 28 attempts. Besides the one touchdown pass, Lavin also had three interceptions.
For Springfield, Carter led with 65 rushing yards and one TD. He also was 3-for-11 in passing. But those three completions went for 150 yards and two TD's. Mendez was next in the rushing department with 61 yards, while senior running back Joe Myhren had 56 yards rushing.
As a team, Springfield produced 17 first downs to King's 15. In 59 total plays, SC produced 339 yards. King's produced 262 yards in 77 plays. SC turned it over twice on two fumbles, while King's lost the ball three times on those three interceptions. King's actually dominated the time of possession -- 38:21 to 21:39.
Defensively, junior linebacker Scott Christy led the Pride with 11 tackles, including five solos. One notch behind him was senior DE Cody Flanigan with 10 tackles, including three sacks for 11 yards. Senior ILB Ken Goodwin had seven tackles, plus two interceptions and three pass deflections.
For King's, Denzel Smith led with nine tackles, including four solos. Ryan Kelly, Ryan Cordingly, and Matt Henry all had seven tackles apiece. Cordingly also had one forced fumble, two tackles-for-loss for 16 yards, one fumble recovery, and one sack for 10 yards.