Football Falls to Springfield in Season Opener

Union, N.J. (9/8/18) – Springfield College collected 418 yards on the ground on their way to blanking the Kean University football team in their season opener by the final of 42-0 on Saturday afternoon.

The shutout is the first for Kean since the 2013 season when they suffered a 7-0 loss to The College of New Jersey.

Quarterback Chad Shade led the Pride (2-0) with 116 rushing yards and a touchdown on the day.  He also completed one pass for 14 yards.

For the Cougars (0-1) sophomore Dante Capozzoli led the defense with 19 tackles on the afternoon including a sack and a fumble recovery.

Springfield needed only two plays to get on the board in their first possession as Nick Rajotte broke free for a 41 yard sprinting touchdown.

The Pride started in Cougar territory near the end of the first quarter and used just three plays to get into the endzone.  Tim Callahan finished the series with a 12 yard dash for a 14-0 lead.  Springfield closed out the first half rushing for 52 yards on five plays to take a 21-0 lead into the half.  Joshua Thomas tallied the TD with a three yard run.

Trailing 28-0, Kean had their best scoring opportunity as a Pride personal foul gave Kean starting position at midfield.   Rylan Pangborn found Kyle Rooney for 35 yards to push into the redzone.  Two plays later the Pride were able thwart the threat by forcing a fumble and recovering at the eight yard line.

The Kean defense returned the favor in Springfield's next possession as Ben Davis forced a fumble in the redzone that was picked up by Capozzoli at the five yard line.

Springfield closed out the fourth quarter with two more scores for what would be the final.

For the Cougars Paris Crawford gained 79 yards on 19 carries.  Pangborn was 10-for-20 on the day.  Defensively Louie Zambardino recorded 10 tackles.

For the Pride Callahan registered two TDs on 10 carries for 56 yards.  Defensively Nick Giorgio collected 10 tackles, two and half for a loss, forced a fumble and added a breakup.

Kean opens NJAC play next weekend when they travel to Salisbury University.