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WNE Upends Football, 24-13, In Pynchon SAW Game

WNE Upends Football, 24-13, In Pynchon SAW Game

Springfield, Mass. - September 4, 2021 - The Springfield College football team returned to the gridiron and was downed by crosstown-rival Western New England, 24-13, in the annual Pynchon SAW game on Saturday afternoon. 

For Springfield College, Saturday marked its first football game since November 16, 2019 as the Pride went 668 days without playing a game. The contest was the eighth time that these two rivals met in the Pynchon SAW Game, which is derived from city founder William Pynchon and the acronym of "SAW" is for the first initial of both schools, Springfield And Western New England.  

Springfield totaled 272 yards of total offense, including 211 on the ground, but was hampered by three lost fumbles.  Springfield, which held the ball for over 34 minutes in the game, was led by 109 rushing yards from Armando Torres (San Juan, Puerto Rico), while Patrick Ladas (Berlin, Conn.) scored the Pride's lone touchdown and Christian Hutra (Holmes, N.Y.) connected for a pair of field goals from 33 and 40 yards.  Defensively, DJ Brown (Wading River, N.Y.) and Jack Duignan (Monroe, Conn.) each made 11 tackles, Aiden Lewin (Orlando, Fla.) made his collegiate debut with nine stops and a sack, and Damien Rabis (Southington, Conn.) had three pass break-ups.  

After the Pride fumbled on their opening possession inside the WNE 30-yard line, the Springfield defense snuffed out a 4th-and-2 from their own four-yard line to get the ball back midway through the quarter. However, three plays later, Springfield put the ball on the turf again and the Golden Bears responded with the game's first score with 5:31 on the clock. 

Springfield got great field position after Torane Burton (Nantucket, Mass.) returned the ensuing kickoff 43 yards to the Pride 45 yard line.  Springfield then manufactured a nine-play drive that last just over five minutes and was finished up by Ladas plowing his way into the end zone from two yards out. After a three-and-out by WNE, the Pride marched inside the hosts 10-yard line but was unable to finish the drive with a touchdown as Hutra gave Springfield a 10-7 lead following his 33-yard field goal with 9:50 on the clock.

WNE regained the lead for good thanks to a 48-yard touchdown strike through the air just over two minutes later.  Springfield would march their way inside the WNE 20-yard line once again on their next drive, but another lost fumble proved costly.  The Pride's defense forced another three-and-out and Hutra was able to put three more points on the board with a 40-yard kick as time expired to make it a 14-13 game at the half. 

The Golden Bears took the opening drive of the second half 72 yards, chewing up over five minutes of clock in 13 plays to extend their lead to 21-13.  Springfield came up short on a pair of fourth downs and the hosts tacked on a field goal in the fourth to complete the scoring. 

Next Saturday, Springfield will head to New Jersey to clash with Rowan.

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