No. 13 Union Hangs On For 30-23 Win Over Football
Schenectady, N.Y. - September 18, 2021 - The Springfield College football team was edged by nationally-ranked Union, 30-23, on Saturday in non-conference play at Frank Bailey Field.
The Dutchmen, who were ranked 13th this week in the latest D3football.com National Poll, improved to 3-0, while the Pride slipped to 1-2.
Springfield had 435 yards of offense in the game, including 290 on the ground, but was hampered by five turnovers, including three lost fumbles. The Pride had the ball for 33:28 in the game, including nearly 19 minutes in the second half and averaged over six yards per offensive play in the contest. David Wells (Shelton, Conn.) threw for 145 yards and a score and rushed for two touchdowns and 56 yards. Tim Callahan (Enfield, Conn.) ran for a team-best 94 yards, while Isaiah Cashwell-Doe (Woburn, Mass.) hauled in a 74-yard touchdown for the Pride. Kyle Niehr (Bay Shore, N.Y.) had a team-best 12 tackles for Springfield, which held Union to 271 yards of total offense.
Union opened up the game with a quick score, converting a pair of third downs on their first drive before a nine-yard strike from Will Bellamy to Finn Duran gave the hosts a 7-0 edge just 3:04 into the contest. After the teams traded possessions, Springfield put the ball on the turf for first time on the afternoon, and the Dutchmen capitalized with a 27-yard field goal to open up a 10-0 lead at the 5:11 mark of the first quarter.
The Pride's offense started to find its rhythm, only to have another fumble on the Union 25 stall a promising drive with 2:07 on the clock. Springfield forced a three-and-out and would then find the end zone for the first time with 11:18 left in the first half as Wells plunged in from four yards out to cap off a eight-play drive that started on Union 37 following a 14-yard punt by the hosts.
However, Union would answer right back, as they needed less than three minutes to gain 77 yards, as Bellamy and Robbie Tolbert amassed 68 yards in the air before Bellamy ran it in from a yard out with 8:23 on the clock. A failed extra point would make it a 16-7 game in favor of Union, but Wells would waste no time going to the air for a 74-yard catch and run over the middle to Cashwell-Doe as the Pride pulled within 16-14 just 20 seconds later.
Union's next drive bolstered by a pair of 15-yard penalties from the Pride, but the Dutchmen's 41-yard field goal attempt was no good. The Pride then manufactured another promising drive, but the visitors turned it over on downs on the Union 21 when they came up just short on fourth down as first half concluded a 16-14 game.
It was a tough start to the third for Springfield, as a fumble three plays in resulted in a Union touchdown on their next possession, before three plays later, Union would intercept Wells and return it 31 yards for a score as the hosts quickly opened up a 30-14 cushion just 3:41 into the frame.
Springfield marched 81 yards in 10 plays to start the fourth quarter, as Wells found the end zone again, this time from four yards out, as he capped off a drive that lasted 4:52 to pull Springfield within 30-20. The two-point conversion was not successful, but the Pride forced another three-and-out from Union and took over on their own 45 yard line. 12 plays later, Christian Hutra (Holmes, N.Y.) drilled a 27-yard field goal and it was a one-score game with 2:54 on the clock.
The Pride recovered the ensuing on-side kick, but was flagged for offsides and Union took over after they recovered the rekick. However, Springfield's defense came up with three big stops and the Pride had its final possession begin at their 15 yard line with 1:16 left in regulation. Wells moved the ball into Union territory, only to have Colin Lama come up with an interception to seal the non-conference win.
Springfield will conclude non-conference play next Saturday in its fourth-consecutive road game as it heads to Maine for a 1 pm contest versus Husson.
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