Springfield Beats Bears 38-7

Darius Adams
Darius Adams

NEW LONDON, Conn. -- Senior Jordan Wilcox carried 21 times for 187 yards and a touchdown as Springfield, the No.1 team in New England, rushed for 441 yards en route to a 38-7 win over Coast Guard in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) game.

Senior quarterback Jake Eglintine (2 of 5 for 30 yards) rushed for 106 yards on 18 carries and also scored one of the Pride's five rushing touchdowns. Sophomore Hunter Belzo finished with eight carries for 66 yards and two touchdowns in the win.

Springfield remains unbeaten improving to 6-0 overall and 3-0 in the NEWMAC while the Bears drop to 3-3 overall and 1-2 in conference play.

The Pride, who have the top rushing offense in Division III with 433.8 rushing yards per game, finished with 471 yards of total offense with 69 carries for 441 rushing yards while Coast Guard was held to 153 total yards, just seven of those on the ground.

Coast Guard sophomore Ryan Jones, making his second career start, was 16 of 35 for 146 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

Senior Darius Adams led the Bears with four receptions for 74 yards and the only touchdown, an 18-yard reception in the third quarter.

Springfield would score touchdowns on its first three drives taking a 21-0 lead after Wilcox scored on a 5-yard run on the first play of the second quarter.

Eglintine's 4-yard run with 11:51 left in the first quarter capped the Pride opening drive before Belzo's 1-yard run on the next possession pushed the lead to 14-0 with 4:55 left in the opening quarter.

Springfield finished the first quarter with 199 yards with Wilcox carrying six times for 112 yards. Wilcox went 40 yards on the Prides first play from scrimmage.

Junior Chris Humulock added a 29-yard field goal with five seconds left in the first half to give Springfield a 24-0 lead. The Pride had 309 yards of total offense in the first half (282 rushing) while the Bears had 34 yards at halftime.

The Bears drove down to the Pride 2 on its opening possession of the second half before sophomore linebacker intercepted Jones and returned it 53 yards.

Coast Guard would get the only points in the third quarter when Jones threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Adams with 4:08 left.

The Bears successfully recovered an onsides kick after the touchdown and drove to the Pride 23 before turning it over on downs. Coast Guard played much better in third as they amassed 103 yards while holding Springfield to just 30 total yards.

Belzo scored on a 5-yard run with 13:31 left before junior fullback Josh Thomas bulled his way in from two yards out to close the scoring with 9:29 left in the game.

Coast Guard senior Matt O'Donnell led the Bears with 12 tackles, 10 solo while sophomore Patrick Crowley had nine tackles, eight solo. Freshman Andre Horner recovered a fumble for the Bears, the only Springfield turnover in the game.

Williams led the Pride with nine tackles, eight solo, 1.5 tackles for a loss, a sack and an interception.

Coast Guard is back in action next Saturday, Oct. 14th, at Maine Maritime with kickoff set for noon.

 

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