Saxons’ season ends with loss to Springfield in ECAC Bowl
SPRINGFIELD, MA – The Alfred University football team lost to host Springfield College, 31-8, Saturday afternoon in the ECAC Northeast Bowl Championship.
With the loss, only Alfred’s second in eight ECAC Bowl games, the Saxons conclude the 2012 season with a 6-4 record. Springfield, which beat Alfred for just the third time in nine tries, ends its season at 7-3.
Neither team could get much offense generated early, as the Saxons punted on their first four possessions and Springfield punted on its first three. On their fourth possession, however, the Pride drove 40 yards in six plays to score a touchdown and take a 7-0 lead with 2:03 left in the opening frame. Springfield scored on three of its next four possessions (field goal, two touchdowns) to take a 24-0 lead going into the final frame.
The Saxons broke through 39 seconds into the fourth, when freshman wide receiver Maleke Fuentes (Olean, NY/Olean) scored on a two-yard run. The TD was set up by a 55-yard punt return to the Springfield 4-yard line by AU junior wideout Jonathan Ruffin (Copiague, NY/Copiague). The two-point conversion pass from junior quarterback Joe Enslin (Blairstown, NJ/Belvidere) to senior tight end Adam Schutz (Geneva, NY/Geneva) was good and AU trailed 24-8. Alfred would get no closer, however, as Springfield scored a touchdown on its ensuing drive to account for the game’s final points.
Springfield ran for 361 yards and had 390 yards of total offense to 208 (64 rushing, 144 passing) for AU. The Pride also held an edge in first downs over the Saxons, 22-9, and had just one turnover to three for Alfred.
Freshman tailback Malcolm Downey (Greenburgh, NY/Woodlands) had a team-best 28 rushing yards for AU, while senior free safety Jon Jackson (East Amherst, NY/Bishop Timon) had 23 and Fuentes added 16. Enslin and sophomore Tom Dzielski (Grand Island, NY/Grand Island) split time at quarterback for AU: Enslin was two-of-eight for 50 yards and Dzielski completed seven of 12 passes for 94 yards with two interceptions. Schutz caught five passes for 89 yards, while junior wide receiver Josh Phillips (Syracuse, NY/West Genesee) (34 yards) and Fuestes (21yards) each had two catches.
Quarterback Jon Marrero ran for 160 yards and a pair of touchdowns and fullback Joel Altavesta ran for 83 yards and a score for Springfield. Marrero completed two of five passes for 29 yards.
Senior linebacker Brendan McGinnis (Walworth, NY/Gananda-East Rochester) had 11 tackles and senior strong safety Reggie Pressley (Rochester, NY/Gates-Chili) had 10 (two for loss) to pace the AU defense. Junior linebacker D.J. Welch (Avon, NY/Avon) had nine tackles and senior end Chris Steeves (Rochester, NY/Gates-Chili) and sophomore linebacker J.R. Britton (Rochester, NY/Greece Arcadia) each had eight. Sophomore cornerback Michael Perkins (Rochester, NY/East) had five tackles and an interception.
Corey Kaiser had nine tackles and Matt Berni had five (two for loss, one sack) to lead the Springfield defense. Sam Weiss had an interception and broke up a pair of passes.
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