Springfield, Mass. -- September 15, 2012 -- Mike Davis scored four touchdowns, including the last three of the game in a span of 6:01, to lead his Springfield College football team to a 49-42 come-from-behind non-conference victory over Mount Ida College on a bright, sunny afternoon at SC's Amos Alonzo Stagg Field. Each team is now 2-1 overall.
Davis, a senior running back from Madison, Conn., accounted for 184 yards rushing, including TD scores of 62, 19, 52, and 13 yards. His 62-yarder came in the second quarter, giving SC a 21-14 lead at the time. His last three came with 2:28 left in the third quarter, drawing the Pride to within 42-35; with 14:49 remaining in the game, tying the score at 42-all; and with 11:27 left, giving SC the lead for good at 49-42.
The game was a roller-coaster ride for both teams. In the first half, each squad scored four touchdowns, and the game was tied at 14-all after one quarter, and at 28-all at the half.
In the third quarter, the Mustangs scored twice -- with 8:45 left and 3:19 left -- to give Mount Ida a 42-28 lead.
But then Davis struck for his three consecutive scores and the Pride's defense made some big plays down the stretch to preserve the victory.
SC has now won two straight, including its 36-2 win over Husson in Banger, Me. last week. Mount Ida suffers its first loss of the season.
In today's game, Mount Ida produced 526 total yards to SC's 407. In rushing, the Pride had 397 yards to the Mustangs' 246. But through the air, Mount Ida passed for 280 yards to SC's 10.
Mount Ida dominated time of possession, 38:23 to 21:37, running 75 plays to SC's 55.
For the Pride, three others had good days rushing the ball. They included sophomore QB Rob Merckling (Melville, N.Y.) with 78 yards and one TD, senior FB Joel Altavesta (Tewksbury, Mass.) with 68 yards and two TDs, and freshman FB Lou Fenaroli (Newtown, Conn.) with 48 yards on only five carries.
Merckling threw only two passes on the afternoon, completing one and having one picked off
For Mount Ida, senior QB Scott Drosendahl (East Aurora, N.Y.) completed 21 passes, including his first seven in a row, in 30 attempts for 280 yards and five TDs. He was intercepted twice in the late going, and was also sacked five times.
On the ground, sophomore running Chris McNally (Bourne, Mass.) carried the workload for the Mustangs. He ran for 112 yards on 21 totes. Also for Mount Ida, freshman running back Melquan Pinkney (Springfield, Mass.) ran for 75 yards and one TD on 10 carries, and senior WR Matt Valentini (Lake Hopatcong, N.J.) ran for another 73 yards on just three carries, including a 73-yarder on a fake punt.
For SC, junior James Poggio (East Granby, Conn.) had a good day punting the ball, averaging 44.7 yards on three boots, including a long of 51. He also had SC's only pass reception for 10 yards.
Also for SC, five players were credited with nine tackles or more. They included sophomore LB Mike Dublin (Portsmouth, R.I.) with a team-high 13 stops, including three tackles-for-loss; sophomore LB Danny Macalena (Congers, N.Y.) with 12 tackles, including one sack and two tackles-for-loss; senior LB Kevin Shields (Melville, N.Y.) with 11 tackles, one sack, two tackles-for-loss, and one forced fumble; freshman cornerback Anthony West (Mattapan, Mass.) with nine tackles, one fumble recovery and one interception; and junior LB Corey Kaiser (River Vale, N.J.) with nine tackles. West's interception came with 46 seconds left in the fourth quarter, clinching the victory. Junior FS Sam Weiss (Glasser, N.J.) also had an important interception with 13 seconds left in the third quarter, which led to Davis' game-tying TD early in the fourth.
For Mount Ida, two players had nine tackles. They were sophomore LB Kalyn Smithson (Vilseck, Germany) and junior LB Carlous Julien (Fort Pierce, Fla.). Smithson also had half a tackle-for-loss.
Springfield will open the Liberty League portion of its season next Saturday at home versus Rochester at 1:00 pm.