Newton, Mass. - September 21, 2013 - Jonathan Marrero (Boston, Mass.) accounted for four touchdowns and the defensive unit posted its second-straight shutout to highlight the Springfield College football team's 41-0 victory at Mount Ida on Saturday afternoon at Alumni Field.
Springfield improved to 3-0 with the win and was led by another strong defensive outing that featured Springfield holding its second-consecutive opponent without a point for the first time since 1957. That year, the Pride blanked American International (20-0) and Rhode Island (14-0) in weeks six and seven. Since surrendering 40 points in the season-opener, Springfield has now outscored its opponents, 77-0.
As a whole, the Springfield College defense collected seven sacks, forced three fumbles, and got a defensive score in the 41-point victory.
Jason Woods (Middletown, Conn.), which came on the first play from scrimmage after the visitors recovered a Mustang fumble late in the third.
For Mount Ida, junior quarterback Jawad Yatim (Shrewsbury, Mass.) threw for 126 yards on 11 completions, but saw his rushing totals negated by 7 sacks, for a loss of 56 yards.
Danny Macalena (Congers, N.Y.) led the way for the Pride with two sacks and 10 tackles, with four and a half of them for a loss of 33 yards. Macalena also forced a fumble, while senior Corey Kaiser (River Vale, N.J.) had 11 tackles for the Springfield defense.
The Pride took just three plays on their opening drive to get on the board when Marrero busted a 43-yard touchdown run. The lead stayed at 6-0 for the visitors when Dominique Spaulding (West Hartford, Conn.) blocked the extra point attempt, a feat that Spaulding would accomplish again on Springfield's final touchdown, a nine-yard run by Marrero with just under thirteen minutes to play in the fourth quarter.
Mount Ida trailed by just 6-0 after the first quarter, but Springfield took their opening drive of the second 57 yards in 3:19, and capped it with a four yard touchdown rush by Brodie Quinn (Pittsfield, Mass.). Marrero got the points back from the blocked attempt in the first quarter by rushing to complete a two-point conversion and make it a 14-0 game.
After the break, the Springfield defense, which held Mount Ida to 57 net yards on the ground, forced a three and out, and then needed just two plays to get into the end zone again, with Marrero breaking free for a 67 yard score.
The Mustangs looked to be driving late in the third quarter, helped by a 32-yard rush by sophomore Melquan Pinkney (Springfield, Mass.), who had 57 yards rushing on the afternoon. Mount Ida advanced the ball to the Springfield 19 yard line, but freshman quarterback Bobby Chavous (Portsmouth, R.I.) had his pass intercepted by senior Sam Weiss (Glasser, N.J.), who raced 93 yards for a defensive touchdown.
Senior Jon Proto (North Haven, Conn.) led the Mount Ida defense with eleven tackles and a forced fumble, and sophomore DeAndre Lawrence (Middletown, Conn.) had ten tackles, including two of them for a loss. Bryan Stetson (Cranston, R.I.) and Chandler McCoy (Norcross, Ga.) were the top Mount Ida receivers, combining for eight catches and each totaling 58 yards of passing offense.
Springfield had six rushers with at least 24 yards en route to 306 yards on the ground. In his most action of the season, Quinn posted 48 yards on nine carries.
The Pride will begin Liberty League play next Saturday when it hits the New York Thruway to face Rochester. Game time is set for 1:00 pm.