SPRINGFIELD, Mass., September 9, 2006 - Springfield College junior quarterback Chris Sharpe (Derry, N.H.) rushed for 268 yards and four TDs, and passed for 107 yards and two more touchdowns in leading the Pride to a 38-30 upset victory over Union College tonight at Springfield's Benedum Field. It was the 2006 season-opener for both teams. Union is currently ranked in the top 14 in two different national polls.
In the upset vicory over the Dutchmen, Sharpe shattered the Springfield College football record for total offensive yards in a single game, as the junior quarterback totaled 375 yards. Sharpe broke the 32-year old record of 303 yards set by Jack Levy back in 1974 (vs. Ithaca). The junior quad-captain also tied the SC record for most rushing yards in a single game with 268, tying Bill Pacitto's mark set back on November 14th, 1987, against AIC.
A native of Derry, N.H., Sharpe opened the scoring with a 66-yard run on the second play from scrimmage, just 48 seconds into the contest.
In the second quarter, with 12:30 remaining, Sharpe completed a 54-yard bomb for a touchdown to junior wide receiver Kyle Anderson (Providence, R.I.), giving SC a 13-10 lead. With 6:41 left in that quarter, Sharpe raced 69 yards for another TD. Then with 4:17 left, Sharpe completed his second touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Brian Rose (Franklin, Mass.) from 20 yards out.
At the half, Sharpe had a hand in all four SC touchdowns as the Pride led, 26-17.
Union then scored the first two touchdowns of the third quarter to take a 30-26 lead. Senior running back Tom Arcidiacono ran for a total of 168 yards and three TDs on 24 carries. Arcidiacono scored touchdowns of five and 33 yards in that quarter giving the Dutchmen the lead with 4:24 remaining in the third. Arcidiacono also had scored on a 16-yard run in the 2nd quarter.
Sharpe then scored two more rushing touchdowns -- one of 34 yards with 2:49 left in the third, and a second of four yards with 6:42 left in the fourth.
Union had one more great chance to tie the score with a first and goal at the two-yard line with about four minutes remaining, but Arcidiacono was dropped for a loss of one, then a pass into the end zone was incomplete, Arcidiacono then lost six yards, and a fourth-down shovel pass from nine yards out went incomplete.
SC took over on downs and ran out the clock.
Arcidiacono became Union's all-time rushing leader with 3,730 yards.
Union senior QB Anthony Marotti went 15 of 28 for 276 and one touchdown. He was intercepted twice.
Senior safety Kevin Fessette (Plattsburgh, N.Y.) led SC with nine tackles, one interception, and one-half tackle-for-loss.
For Union, junior LB Vito Pellerito and junior DE Chuck Pinckney had nine tackles each. Included in Pinckney's totals were three and a half tackles-for-loss and one sack for eight yards.