Springfield, Mass. - September 5, 2009 - In dominating fashion, the Springfield College football team opened up the 2009 season with a 55-7 victory over Fitchburg State under the lights at Amos Alonzo Stagg Field on Saturday evening. The Pride totaled 531 yards of offense and limited the Falcons to just 10 yards of offense for the game.
Springfield is now 1-0, while Fitchburg State is 0-1.
The Pride led 21-0 at the end of one quarter, 35-0 at the half, and 41-0 at the end of three quarters. SC led 55-0 when Fitchburg State scored on a 10-yard fumble recovery and touchdown with 4:08 remaining in the game. This was the third time Springfield had played the Falcons in the past six years, and the third time SC had scored in the 50's. Last year, at Fitchburg, SC won by a score of 55-27.
Springfield rushed for 407 yards, while Fitchburg State finished with -68 rushing yards. Fitchburg State had the ball for 67 plays, but averaged just 0.1 yards per play. Springfield, meanwhile, had the ball for 50 plays, and averaged 10.6 yards per play.
Springfield sophomore quarterback Josh Carter (Marlborough, Mass.) had quite a night. He rushed for 184 yards and 2 TDs on just 10 carries. He also completed three passes in four attempts for 75 yards and 2 more TDs. In his first two carries, he was spectacular in that he rushed for a 79-yard TD with 3:09 left in the first quarter, and for a 67-yard TD with 0:08 left in the same period. Carter had opened the scoring when he completed a 25-yard pass to junior WR Tim Brady (Southbury, Conn.) on the game's opening drive.
With 10:02 left in the second quarter, the Carter to Brady tandem worked again, as Brady gathered in a 21-yard pass in the far left corner of the end zone. Freshman kicker Ricky Peacock (Tucker, Ga.) booted home the extra point to make it 28-0 at the time. Peacock made 7-of-8 extra point attempts tonight.
With 3:49 left in the half, senior FB Baldwin Cunningham (Manchester, Conn.) scored the first of his two touchdowns when he blasted over from the one yard line.
Cunningham added another 1-yard plunge with 10:31 left in the third quarter, making it 41-0. The senior finished with 107 yards rushing and two TDs.
In the fourth quarter, with the Pride liberally substituting, freshman QB Brian Staub (Brick, N.J.) found senior WR Steve Nackley (New Hartford, N.Y.) from 42 yards out with 13:49 left in the fourth quarter. With 11:50 left, Staub then raced free for a 68-yard touchdown scamper.
Fitchburg State scored with 4:08 left when freshman LB Christian Guzman (Lawrence, Mass.) picked up a fumble and ran it in from 10 yards out. Senior Evan Georgopoulos (Melrose, Mass.) kicked the extra point.
Springfield played extremely well on defense, sacking Falcon QB's nine times for 66 yards. They had 16 tackles-for-loss for a total of 107 yards. Junior DE Chris Kulcsar (Haworth, N.J.) and freshman LB Matt Pieterse (Springfield, Mass.) led SC with eight tackles apiece. Sophomore DT Hendrick Jean (Spring Valley, N.Y.) had seven tackles, including 3 1/2 sacks for 24 yards. Bad snaps heavily contributed to a good number of those sacks.
For Fitchburg State, freshman DB Nate Krikorian (Methuen, Mass.) led all tacklers with nine. Junior LB Anthony Bizzotto (Leominster, Mass.) and sophomore DB Sean Golden (Montville, Conn.) each had eight stops for the Falcons.