May 24, 2018
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Springfield football team dominates Husson with running game

By Charlie Merritt, Special to the BDN

BANGOR, Maine — The Springfield College Pride scored 30 first-half points and tallied 538 total yards to roll by the Husson University Eagles 36-2 Saturday at the Winkin Complex.

The Pride (1-1) totaled 457 rushing yards, running their triple option offense to move the chains and keep the Eagles defense guessing. Husson (0-2) managed only two points by way of a fourth-quarter safety.

“This is the premier regional opponent in the northeast and the hardest team on our schedule. It’s a real good measuring stick to where we are in the region,” Husson head coach Sean Murphy said.

Mike Davis opened the scoring for the Pride with an 8-yard TD run with 10:15 left in the first quarter. The Eagles’ offense never was able to get into a rhythm as they went three and out on their first seven possessions, leaving the defense on the field for most of the first half.

“Our execution was not very good. Offensively we really struggled to get anything going in the first half and that hurt our defense and the amount of plays they were on the field,” Murphy said.

The Pride took a 14-0 lead into the second quarter after Andy Bean punched one in from eight yards away with 54 seconds left in the quarter. In the second quarter the triple option continued to prove dominant as the first option, fullback Joel Altavesta, ran in a 16-yard touchdown, Franco Bianchi scored a touchdown from the six, and Ricky Peacock booted a 29-yard field goal resulting in a 30-0 halftime score after two extra points were blocked.

Altavesta led the Springfield rushing attack with 23 carries for 116 yards and a touchdown. Bean added 82 yards and a score and Davis rushed for 93 yards of his own and a touchdown.

“Our defense, it doesn’t quit,” said Husson freshman safety Derek Smith, who had seven solo tackles. “We had a lot of good tackles today. Springfield is a great team and the triple option is one of the hardest things to stop. We’re going to keep working and get better.”

Husson’s offense was hard pressed to get into a grove, allowing eight sacks and only averaging 2.0 yards per rush. Byron Jackson led the Husson rushing attack with 37 yards on seven carries. Quarterback Kash Keezer finished the day completing 7-of-17 passes for 51 yards and two interceptions, finding his favorite target Ben Foss three times for 26 yards.

“Special teams did well. We handled pressure well, and our punter did a good job,” Murphy said. “It’s a quick turn around and we put everything to bed on Sunday.”

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