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Football Runs Past Husson, 36-2

Joel Altavesta Box Score

Bangor, Maine - September 8, 2012 - The Springfield College football team racked up 538 yards of total offense, including 457 on the ground, as it toppled host Husson University, 36-2, in a non-conference football game on Saturday afternoon at the Winkin Complex.

With the win, Springfield evened its 2012 record at 1-1. Husson fell to 0-2.

The Pride led 14-0 at the end of one quarter, and 30-0 at the half.

A total of five different players scored touchdowns for SC. They included senior running back Mike Davis (Madison, Conn.), senior running back Andy Bean (Coventry, R.I.), senior fullback Joel Altavesta (Tewksbury, Mass.), sophomore running back Franco Bianchi (Poughquag, N.Y.), and senior wide receiver Phil Baier (Braintree, Mass.).

Senior placekicker Ricky Peacock (Tucker, Ga.) added a 29-yard field goal.

For SC, a total of 11 different players had at least one carry on its way to 457 rushing yards. Altavesta led with 116 net yards, including a long of 23. Davis was next with 93 yards on just six carries, including a long of 37. Bean was next with 82 yards on eight totes. Davis averaged 15.5 yards and Bean 10.2 yards per carry.

Behind that trio of runners were back-up sophomore quarterback Rob Merckling (Melville, N.Y.) with 60 yards, and Bianchi with 34 yards on just five carries.

Merckling also threw for 81 yards and one touchdown with three completions in six attempts passing.

Springfield kicked off to Husson at the start of the contest. Husson QB Kash Keezer was sacked by sophomore defensive end Max Nacewicz (Newtown, Conn.) for an eight-yard loss on the second play from scrimmage. On the very next play, Keezer was intercepted by junior linebacker Peter Remmes (Saco, Me.), and SC was in business at the 50-yard line.

SC then marched those 50 yards on six plays, and scored a TD by Davis on a fourth-and-four from eight yards out. Peacock's extra point made it 7-0 with 10:58 left in the first quarter.

With 54 seconds left in the first period, Bean tallied on an eight-yard run to double the count to 14-0. That culminated a 10-play, 57-yard drive.

In the second quarter, Altavesta ran 16 yards up the middle for SC's third TD of the afternoon, making it 21-0 with 10:26 left. Bianchi then ran around right end for a six-yard TD with 4:17 left.

Springfield then got the ball back with 1:14 left, but was 77 yards away from paydirt. Peacock culminated an 11-play, 65-yard march with a 29-yard field goal to close the half. It was 30-0 at the intermission.

Neither team scored in the third quarter.

In the fourth quarter, SC scored on its first drive. On a third-and-nine from Husson's 45-yard line, Merckling threw his first TD pass of his career to Baier, who made a dazzling catch in full stride. Peacock's kick was blocked, but that made the score 36-0 with 11:12 left.

Later, a Husson punt would back Springfield up to its own two yard line. With 7:00 left, Merckling was sacked in his own end zone, and thus a safety was surrendered.

At one point during the game, SC had 25 first downs to Husson's two. At game's end, that total was 27-9. SC outgained Husson, 538 yards to 129, and outrushed the Eagles, 457-78.

From a defensive point of view, sophomore defensive tackle Umberto DiMeo (Hamilton, N.J.) was credited with a team-best eight tackles. Included were two sacks and four tackles-for-loss. Freshman defensive lineman Daniel King (Walpole, Mass.) had six tackles, including two sacks for 11 yards. Sophomore linebacker Danny Macalena (Congers, N.Y.) had five tackles, plus one interception and one pass break-up.

As a team, SC finished with two interceptions and eight sacks.

Keezer finished with 51 yards passing on seven completions in 17 attempts. Byron Jackson led Husson with 37 rushing yards.

Springfield will host Mount Ida next Saturday at Amos Alonzo Stagg Field at 12 noon in its final non-conference game of the season.

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