SPRINGFIELD, Mass., October 22, 2005 – Springfield College senior fullback Andre Clayton (Manchester, Conn.) eclipsed the 100-yard barrier (101 yards) on 23 carries with a touchdown, but St. John Fisher was too much for the Pride this afternoon (Oct. 22), as the Cardinals defeated SC, 40-14, on Benedum Field.
St. John Fisher (7-1, 3-1) jumped out to an early lead in this one, as the Cardinals scored the first 20 points of the contest to take control. Fisher was led by sophomore James Reile, as the running back was effective throughout the entire game, pounding out 206 yards on the ground on 29 carries with two touchdowns. Reile produced a game-long scramble of 49 yards, averaging 7.1 yards-per-carry.
St. John Fisher junior quarterback Nick Suchyna threw for 193 yards and a touchdown, completing 18 of his 28 pass attempts. Suchyna’s primary target in the game was wide receiver Adam Menter, as the senior caught a team-best seven passes for 96 yards and a touchdown.
With the Cardinals up 20-0 midway through the second quarter, SC (2-5, 0-3) attempted to engineer a comeback, as sophomore quarterback Chris Sharpe (Derry, N.H.) capped a solid 10 play, 80-yard drive with a 15-yard touchdown run, making the score 20-7. That proved to be the score entering halftime.
After another St. John Fisher touchdown in the third quarter, making the score 26-7, the Pride compiled a 12 play, 73-yard drive that ended with a one-yard Clayton touchdown to put SC within reach, at 26-14. SC would get no closer, however, as the Cardinals would rack up two more scores to make the final, 40-14.
The St. John Fisher defensive unit was led by sophomore defensive back Steven Stepnick with 10 tackles (seven solo), one tackle for a loss, and one fumble recovery that turned into a five-yard touchdown score.
The Pride falls to 2-5 overall and 0-3 in the Empire 8 Conference as SC will next host Ithaca College on Saturday, October 29, during the school’s Homecoming Weekend, in a 12:00 p.m. kickoff.