Wilkes-Barre, Pa. - September 18, 2010 - The Springfield College football team racked up over 500 yards on the ground as it cruised past Wilkes University, 44-7, in a non-conference football game on Saturday afternoon at the Ralston Athletic Complex. The Pride had four players rush for at least 90 yards, with Joe Myhren totaling 120 yards, while both Mark Safer and Josh Carter ran for a pair of touchdowns.
With the win, the Pride jumped to 3-0, while Wilkes fell to 1-1.
Springfield led 7-0 after one quarter, then lengthened that to 28-0 at the half. It was 35-7 after three quarters.
It was a contest that SC dominated in many respects. In total offense, Springfield outgained Wilkes, 594 yards to 185. In rushing alone, SC piled up 566 yards on the ground, while giving up 80. Wilkes had a passing advantage, 105 yards to 28. SC finished with 34 first downs to the Colonials' 12. In time of possession, it was to SC's advantage, 38:32 to 21:28.
Offensively, senior halfback and tri-captain Joe Myhren (New Hampton, N.Y.) compiled a game-high 120 yards rushing on just 12 carries, a healthy yards per rush average of 10.0 yards. Junior quarterback Josh Carter (Marlborough, Mass.) was next with 99 yards and two touchdowns rushing on 20 carries. Following Carter were senior halfback Antoine King (Boston, Mass.) with 92 yards on seven carries, junior halfback Mark Safer (St. Johns, Fla.) with 90 yards and two TDs on just four carries (including a 67-yarder for a TD), junior fullback Alex Mendez (Cranston, R.I.) with 68 yards and one TD on a workmanlike 25 carries, and freshman back-up quarterback Austin Bateman (Ganesvoort, N.Y.) with 48 yards and one TD on eight carries.
Springfield received the opening kickoff, but fumbled on the third play at its own 44. Wilkes penetrated to the SC 29, but the Colonials' quarterback was sacked by senior DT Chris Kulcsar (Haworth, N.J.) for 10 yards on a third-down play. That forced Wilkes to punt.
Later in the quarter, Springfield put a strong drive together, going 81 yards on 13 plays. With 3:37 left, Mendez bulled his way in from five yards out. The extra point by sophomore Ricky Peacock (Tucker, Ga.) made it 7-0, Springfield. Peacock finished by going 1-for-1 in field goals, and 6-for-7 in extra point attempts on the day. After one quarter, SC had outrushed Wilkes, 201 yards to 11.
The Pride scored its second touchdown of the day on an important 67-yard romp by Safer an a third-and-23 from its own 33-yard line. The stunning TD allowed Springfield to gain an edge with 10:32 left in the second quarter. That 76-yard drive took seven plays.
With 6:05 left, Carter scored from three yards out. That culminated a 9-play, 39-yard drive, making it 21-0. Then as time was winding down in the half, Safer scored again on an eight-yard run, finishing an 11-play, 67-yard drive. That came with 38 seconds left, and it was 28-0, Springfield, at the intermission. At this point, SC had outgained Wilkes, 416 yards to 61 overall, and 388 yards to 15 on the ground.
In the third quarter, Wilkes came to life when quarterback Marc Persing passed to wide receiver Todd Eagles for a 35-yard TD. Chris Horn's extra boot gave the Colonials their only score of the day, making it 28-7, with 3:23 left in that stanza.
But Springfield countered with a one-yard TD by Carter with 1:42 to go, making it 35-7.
In the fourth quarter, Peacock kicked a 35-yard field goal, his longest of the year thus far with 8:09 left, and Bateman added a one-yard TD run with 1:44 left, finishing up the scoring.
Kulcsar finished with an SC team-leading eight tackles. That included two tackles-for-loss for 14 yards and one sack for 10 yards. Senior OLB Ryan Gunningsmith (Trumansburg, N.Y.) had five tackles, as did sophomore SS DeAndre Lawrence (Middletown, Conn.). Lawrence and freshman ILB Gianni McLaughlin (Weehawken, N.J.) each also had interceptions for SC.
Next Saturday, SC comes home to Amos Alonzo Stagg Field to play its Empire 8 opener against Alfred University at 2 pm.