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Football Hits the Road For Matchup At Utica

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – July 31, 2007 – The Springfield College football team hits the road for its fourth-straight road contest to open up the 2007 slate on Saturday when it takes on Utica. The Pride look to get back on the winning track after dropping its last two games to Montclair State and Alfred. The game can be heard online as Utica is streaming their broadcast over the internet. To listen to the game, click here.

The Series:
Springfield and Utica have faced each other three times, with Springfield winning two of the three. Thus far, home field advantage has stayed true. In 2004 at Springfield in Springfield’s first year of Empire 8 play, the Pride defeated the Pioneers, 46-0. In 2005, it was Utica winning at home, 34-33, on an SC missed extra point. In 2006, Springfield was in control, 41-7.

Springfield’s 2007 Recap:
Springfield began the 2007 campaign by defeating Union College in Schenectady, N.Y., 35-13, in a night contest that was delayed 92 minutes by lightning. Senior QB Chris Sharpe ran for 224 yards and 2 TDs (of 40 and 36 yards). The 2006 Melberger Award winner also threw for 72 yards and 1 TD (of 42 yards) to senior WR Kyle Anderson. Sharpe was named the Empire 8 Offensive Player of the Week for his efforts, the 5th time he has won that award in the last two years. Senior HB Derron Walker ran for 85 yards and 1 TD (5 yards), and junior FB Andrew Jackson rushed for 69 yards. At Montclair State on Sept. 15, it was a different story as SC trailed 9-0 early in the second quarter, tied it later at 9-all and 16-all, but could never quite get over the hump. Chris Sharpe ran for 142 yards and 4 TDs. Last Saturday, in SC’s Empire 8 opener at Alfred, the Saxons handled then-#18-ranked SC with ease, 37-7. Sharpe ran for 106 yards and 1 TD. He also broke the SC career rushing record versus the Saxons. He now has 3,264 yards on the ground, breaking Kevin Cahill’s mark of 3,209 set from 1997 through 2000.

Empire 8 Standings as of Sept. 22:
Alfred (3-0, 1-0); Hartwick (2-1, 1-0); St. John Fisher (4-0, 1-0); Utica (1-2, 0-0); Norwich (2-2, 0-0); Springfield (1-2, 0-1); Ithaca (2-2, 0-2).

Empire 8 Scores from Sept. 22:
at Alfred 37, Springfield 7; at Hartwick 35, Husson 27; St. John Fisher 37, at Ithaca 16; at Norwich 48, Maritime (NY) 15.

Empire 8* Schedule (Sept. 29)
Springfield at Utica*, 12:30 pm; Brockport at Ithaca, 1:00 pm; Alfred at Norwich*, 1:30 pm; St. John Fisher at Hartwick*, 7:00 pm.

Springfield’s Scouting Report:
As a team, Springfield is ranked 43rd in the nation, according to D3football.com . SC was ranked 9th in the preseason and after one week of action. SC was ranked 18th entering the Alfred game last week. Last year, Springfield was ranked 10th nationally after finishing with an overall record of 10-2, winning an Empire 8 co-championship, and reaching the second round of the NCAA post-season tournament. The Pride defeated Curry (42-14) in the first round of that ‘06 tourney, before losing to eventual Final Four participant St. John Fisher (27-21). Sharpe ran for 91 yards and 3 TDs versus Utica last year. FB Andrew Jackson ran for 103 yards and 1 TD versus the Pioneers. SC led 34-0 at the half, 41-0 at the end of three quarters. Sharpe is currently ranked 4th nationally in rushing with 157.3 yards rushing per game. He is tied for 8th in scoring (14.0 ppg).

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