Second-Quarter Surge Lifts Husson Past Football, 26-21
Bangor, Maine - September 25, 2021 - The Springfield College football team wrapped up non-conference play on Saturday and was defeated by Husson, 26-21.
In the first meeting between the two schools since the opening round of the 2017 NCAA Division III Championship Tournament, Husson scored all 26 of their points in the second quarter to earn the win and improve to 3-1 on the year. Springfield, which was receiving votes in this week's AFCA Division III National Coaches Poll, slipped to 1-3.
Husson had 428 yards of total offense in the game, including 334 in the first half, as it threw for 325 yard in the victory. Tim Callahan (Enfield, Conn.) ran for a team-best 90 yards and a touchdown for the Pride, while Isaiah Cashwell-Doe (Woburn, Mass.) also found the end zone. Aiden Lewin (Orlando, Fla.) registered 14 tackles, including six solo stops, and returned an interception 55 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter. Springfield had three lost fumbles in the setback.
Springfield's defense came up with a big stop on Husson's opening drive that went 10 plays as the Pride forced a turnover on downs as the hosts came up empty on 4th-and-9 from Springfield's 29 yard line. The Pride would go three-and-out on their first two offensive possessions, but started to find its rhtyhm on its third drive as it marched in Husson territory before putting the ball on the turf which Husson recovered on their 44 yard line.
The Eagles capitalized on the turnover, as four plays later John Bell snagged a 37-yard catch to find the endzone at the 13:50 mark of the second quarter. Springfield answered right back, going 63 yards in seven plays as Callahan plowed his way into the end zone with 10:25 on the clock to gain a 7-6 lead.
Husson regained the lead for good on their next drive, as Aidan Hogan snagged a pass and scampered down the sidelines 54 yards for a touchdown to make it 13-7 with 9:09 left in the half. The Pride fumbled on their next drive on the Husson 32 yard line, and just 2:28 later, Bell ran the ball in from 12 yards out to make it a 19-7 contest. Springfield turned the ball over on downs on the Husson 35 yard line with 1:24 remaining, only to have the hosts score on fourth and goal from the one-yard line with a Tyler Halls touchdown grab to take a 26-7 lead into the break.
On their opening drive of the second half, Springfield coughed the ball up inside the red zone, as Husson was able to recover on their eight yard line. The teams would trade possessions before Lewin jumped a route across the middle to snag an interception, which he raced down the right sideline for a 55-yard pick six to pull the Pride with 26-14 with 13 seconds left in the third.
The Pride got great field position after stopping Husson on fourth down on the hosts 49-yard line, but Springfield was backed up with a pair of penalties and was forced to punt with 7:10 left in regulation. Springfield would get the ball back after a Husson punt, and Cashwell-Doe found daylight on the right side from 14 yards out to cap off a 12-play drive as Springfield pulled within 26-21.
Christian Hutra (Holmes, N.Y.) then delivered a beautiful onside kick that Ian Porter (Middletown, N.J.) was able to elevate over the Eagles and recover, but the Pride was flagged for fair-catch interference as Husson held on for the win.
Springfield will have its bye week next week as it prepares to open up New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play on October 9 in the Pride's home opener at 3:30 pm.
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Photo by Chuck Lavery