Springfield, Mass. -- September 17, 2011 -- Seven different players scored touchdowns as the Springfield College football team defeated Husson University, 63-19, under sunny skies at Amos Alonzo Stagg Field Saturday afternoon. With the win, SC is now 2-0, while the Eagles fall to 0-2.
Senior quarterback Josh Carter (Marlborough, Mass.) led the Pride with 106 yards rushing and two touchdowns. He also completed three passes in seven attempts for another two touchdowns. He ran for TDs of 10 and 20 yards. His TD passes were of 34 and 34 yards.
It was 28-0 after one quarter of play, and 42-6 at the half. It was 56-19 after three quarters with SC liberally substituting at that point.
The Pride totalled 561 yards of total offense, compared to 243 for the Eagles. SC ran for 460 yards, while Husson gained 18 yards on the ground. In the passing game, Husson had the better of it, 225 yards to 101.
For SC, a total of 12 different players rushed the ball. Besides Carter, the remaining leaders included sophomore HB Joe Stagliano (Merrick, N.Y.) (76 yards and two TDs), junior HB Mike Davis (Madison, Conn.) (64 yards and one TD), junior HB Andy Bean (Coventry, R.I.) (55 yards and one TD), senior FB Joe Cecala (Morris Plains, N.J.) (42 yards), junior QB/WR Brian Staub (Brick, N.J.) (26 yards and one TD), freshman HB Franco Bianchi (Poughquag, N.Y.) (24 yards), and junior FB Joel Altavesta (Tewksbury, Mass.) (21 yards).
Springfield averaged 7.0 yards per rush, and 7.3 yards per play. Springfield dominated the time of possession, 35:13 to 24:47.
For Husson, the leading rusher was junior RB Byron Jackson (Bridgeport, Conn.) with 35 yards on seven carries. Junior quarterback Kash Keezer (Veazie, Me.) completed 15 passes in 34 attempts for 225 yards and two TDs. He was also intercepted three times and was sacked four times. Freshman WR Lamar Richards (Conway, S.C.) caught seven passes for 76 yards to lead all receivers.
Defensively, Springfield was led by the duo of senior FS James Kikel (Glendale, N.Y.) and junior LB Kevin Shields (Melville, N.Y.) with six tackles and one interception each. Senior CB Marc Riccio (New Britain, Conn.) had the third interception.
Husson was led by freshman LB Stephan Dance (New London, Conn.) with a game-high 12 tackles, including nine solos. Sophomore LB Ben Dalecki (So. Berwick, Me.) finished with eight tackles, followed by senior DL Chris Dalecki (So. Berwick, Me.) with seven stops.
First-quarter touchdowns were scored by Davis on a 10-yard run with 11:52 left, Bean on a 19-yard run with 8:45 remaining, Stagliano on a 4-yard run with 4:35 left, and by Bianchi on a 34-yard pass play from Carter with 0:33 left.
Stagliano's 52-yard run with 4:45 left in the third proved to be SC's longest scoring play of the afternoon.