The Series: Ithaca leads the series, 23-8 ... Bombers won last year, 31-7.
SC’s Last Game: #13 St. John Fisher opened the game by outscoring SC 21-0 before QB Chris Sharpe (Derry, NH) scored the Pride’s first TD late in the second quarter ... SJF won the game, 40-14.
Empire 8 Standings: 1. Ithaca (6-1, 4-0), Alfred (6-1, 4-0), 3. St. John Fosher (7-1. 3-1), 4. Utica (4-3, 1-2); 5. SC (2-5, 0-3), Norwich (2-5, 0-3), Hartwick (4-3, 0-3)
Ithaca Scouting Report: For the second straight week, Springfield will face a nationally ranked team (IC is 16th) with a dominating QB ... Josh Felicetti is 179-122-7 .682 1,679 yds and 21 TD passes ... his favorite receiver is Jeff O’Hara who has caught 30 passes for 441 yds and 4 TDs ... the ground game is led by Jamie Donavan with 563 yds and 5 TDs ands Alex Baes, 516-5 TDs ... defensively, LB Dustin Ross has 53 tackles, five for losses, four interceptions and four fumble recoveries.
SC’s Offense: SC is #5 nationally in rushing offense at 292.1 yds per game ... HB Tim Broulliard (Plymouth, MA) had 50 yds on the ground and had a solid game of blocking as did WR Mike Grendal (Foxboro, MA) who also caught two passes vs. St. John Fisher.
SC’s Defense: LB Ian Johnson (New Britain, CT) was a standout with eight tackles, an interception and a break-up ...also on defense, LB Andrew Madigan (New Britain, CT) had eight tackles and SS Kevin Fessette (Plattsburgh, NY) had seven.
SC’s Special Teams: Punter Mike Mahoney (Mashpee, MA) punted six times, two of which were inside the SJF 20-yd line.
Injury Report: Coach Mike DeLong is hoping that FB Andrew Jackson (Pennsville, NJ) is recovered from a hamstring injury ... Jackson had scored seven TDs in the previous two games before the mid-week injury ... DE Mike Nicol (Hopkinton, MA) questionalbe, anbkle ... DE Steve Brutus (Stamford, CT), doubrful, ankle ... LB Tim McGonagle (Hanson, MA), questionable, hand ...SS Eric Arndt (Waldwick, NJ), knee, doubtful)