By Darin MacEacheron
NORTHFIELD, VT –The Springfield College football team won their second straight game against a conference opponent on Saturday by defeating Norwich 33-16 moving their record to 4-1.
The Pride did what they do best in this game which is running the ball. On the day, Springfield had 347 yards rushing yards. Jared Baron, Tim Callahan and Hunter Belzo all rushed for 100 yards or more showing off how complete this backfield is. Belzo had a hat trick scoring three times and Callahan added a score as well.
Chad Shade returned from injury to start at quarterback and he was doing a good job moving the offense down the field but in the third quarter, Shade exited with a leg injury. Along with David Wells being out, the Pride had to resort back to running back Hunter Belzo behind center.
The Pride have done surprisingly well without a natural quarterback. Last week they pulled out a close 17-14 win against WPI and after Shade went down against Norwich, the Pride managed to score 26 points.
Defensively, the Pride played exceptionally well holding Norwich to only 16 points on 199 yards of total offense. Ryan McCarthy and David McMillan combined for three interceptions and Nick Giorgio had two sacks and blocked a kick in the contest. AJ Smith lead the team with eight tackles and Marlowe Scott added seven tackles.
Norwich’s Aaron Connor was their lone highlight as he rushed 22 times for 110 yards. Other than him, they struggled to get the offense going against this stingy Pride defense.
Moving forward, the Pride finish the season with five more conference games starting with a matchup against Coast Guard on Saturday at noon.
The Pride will once again enter the game with a question at the quarterback position. The Pride have to decide if they want to ride it out with Belzo but until Saturday’s matchup, we will have to wait for the answer.
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