The start of what would be another statement win for the 2017 Springfield College football team commenced on the first play following Catholic University’s Blake Gomez’s 50 yard kickoff. Senior fullback Jordan Wilcox, weaving and trucking his way through the Cardinal defense, before breaking away for 58 yards on Springfield’s first drive of the game was only the beginning of a Pride routing of Catholic 68-20.
Wilcox muscled his way to the 10 yard line and cashed in a five yard rush on the following play to put the Pride up 7-0. The Cardinals had a difficult time moving the chains all day and could not build the early momentum to keep up with Springfield’s running game.
Following a second Pride touchdown on the back of Hunter Belzo (27 rushing yards, one touchdown) with 5:38 left in the opening quarter, the Cardinals started their second drive of the contest on their own 25. Catholic was only able to make it to the 30 yard line, as Luke Jimenez (seven tackles, one interception), after limiting Cardinal running back Chance LeGrand (33 rushing yards) to five yards, picked an Alejandro Ros (15-25, 153 yards, two passing touchdowns) pass from the air, two yards from midfield and returned momentum to Springfield off the interception.
The first quarter ended with the Pride holding a 21-0 advantage. Wilcox and senior quarterback Jake Eglintine made sure any Catholic comeback would be out of the question. Behind a 134 yard, two touchdown day from Eglintine and a three touchdown on 212 yard performance by Wilcox, Springfield stretched its lead to 48-0 with one minute left before the half. The Cardinals avoided the shutout after a four yard Ros pass to Gomez (38 receiving yards, two touchdowns), put Catholic on the board with 0:21 seconds remaining.
Springfield averaged ten yards per play and devoured 674 total yards. The Cardinals could only muster 323 total yards, less than half of the Pride’s total.
The Springfield win came on the afternoon of homecoming, and in a game dedicated to Sarah Kilby, daughter of Springfield College ‘92 and ‘93 graduates Dan and Kate Kilby, who passed away after a fight with Shwachman–Diamond Syndrome. With the victory, the Pride breaks their record for their best start to a year (7-0 in 2006), and is two wins away from an undefeated regular season.
“Everyone plays for a different reason,” said senior Tyler Hyde. “I play for Sarah, I play for Luke Bradley. A lot of the guys on this team play for a lot of different people. Maybe it’s for themselves, maybe it’s for the girl in the stands – whatever they play for, the goal today was play for your ‘why.’ We could tell from the beginning, we were fired up, and wanted it more.”
The Pride will receive a bye week before returning to the gridiron to take on Maine Maritime in Castine on Nov. 4.