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Springfield College Football Showdown with Merchant Marine Postponed Due to Government Shutdown

Marshall Hastings
Staff Writer

Jon Santer/The Student
Jon Santer/The Student

The scheduled football game this past Saturday at Merchant Marine was postponed due to the government shutdown. The Pride, coming off a 49-21 loss at home against Hobart, were scheduled to visit Kings Point in a crucial midseason match-up.
Currently, Springfield holds a record of 3-3, while going 0-3 in conference play. The Pride have lost their last three games, including two at home, while Merchant Marine was set to enter the game with a 3-1 record. The Pride won the contest last year at home, 66-13.
The game not only offered the Pride a chance to end their losing streak, but it also served as an important game regarding bowl eligibility. In order to be bowl eligible, a team must win 60 percent of their games. If the game is not rescheduled, the Pride will have to win their final three games.
Last year, the Pride used the match-up with Merchant Marine to spring them into the ECAC Northeast Championship Bowl against Alfred, a game they would win 31-8.
At this time last year, the Pride boasted an identical record as this year, coming in at 3-3 after losing their last two contests to Union and Hobart. The Pride went on to take down St. Lawrence, RPI and WPI to receive a bid into the bowl game.
Springfield hosts St. Lawrence this weekend on homecoming.
The kickoff on Saturday is set for 1:30 p.m.

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