The Series: Springfield holds a 9-2 lead ... SC won the first game (1986), 24-21 ... the Pride has won the last three including a 56-27 triumph a year ago ... in that game, graduated QB Ryan Sylvia rushed for a career high 197 yds with four TDs.
SC’s Last Game: Springfield came back from a 34-13 second half defecit and closed to 34-33 with 5:24 to play on Andrew Jackson’s (Pennsville, NJ) one-yard run ... the extra point attempt was missed.
Empire 8 Standings: 1. Ithaca (4-0, 2-0); Alfred (3-1, 2-0), Utica 3-1, 1-0; 4. St. John Fisher (4-1, 1-1), 5. Norwich 2-3, 0-1, Hartwick (2-2, 0-2), SC (0-4, 0-2).
West. Conn. Scouting Report: The Colonials, 3-1, rode a record-setting, six TD performance from Sr. QB Joe DiMeglio (19-25, 254 yds) in last week’s 56-7 win over Plymouth St. ... other victories are St. Peters 37-13 and William Patterson 35-0 ... only loss is to national D III power Rowan, 49-3 ...rushing game is balanced between Jason Adamson (52.2 yds per game) and Rick Jackson (46.5) ... Adamis Gonzalez is DiMeglio’s favorite receiver with 29 receptions, 373 yds and three TDs ... however, Vinny Sheperis had seven catches for 92 yds vs. Plymouth ... LB Kenny Jost has 27 tackles.
SC’s Offense: Soph. HB Chris Sharpe (Derry, NH) was the Co-Offensive Player-of-the-Week in the Empire 8 ... Against Utica, Sharpe had five carries for 94 yds, caught one pass for 64 yds, and scored two TDs ... talk about a big-play performer: Sharpe’s TDs were on a 77-yard run and a 64 yard pass reception ... he also returned four kickoffs for 99 yds ... HB Derron Walker (White Plains, NY) and FB Andre Clayton (Manchester, CT) rushed for 86 and 72 yds, respectively.
SC’s Defense: Jr LBs Andrew Madigan (New Britain, CT) and Seth Trunko (Verona, NY) and DB Paul Zalenski (Meriden, CT) had eight tackles apiece against Utica.
SC’s Special Teams: Fr. Nick Ford (Laconia, NH) returned three punts for 59 yds in the Utica game.
Injury Report: Sr. QB Damian Gunningsmith (Trumansburg, NY) sustained a hip injury and is doubtful for West Conn. ... Sr. FB Andre Clayton (Manchester, CT) sprained an ankle and is questionable ... Jr. DE Ed Yakubian (Hull, MA) has a strained knee and is probable.