Sept. 21, 2008
WEST HAVEN, Conn. - Seven different players scored touchdowns, including a pair from junior running back Rodney Reynolds, as the Yale junior varsity football team beat Springfield 54-0 Sunday afternoon at Clint Frank Field. The Bulldogs also got a pair of touchdowns from their defense.
Freshman linebacker Wes Moyer ended Springfield's first drive with a sack, and after that the Yale offense began taking over. Freshman tailback Alex Thomas converted a third-and-six at the Springfield 34 with a 15-yard run that featured a nice stutter step. Freshman quarterback Dawson Halliday capped the drive by finding freshman wide receiver Chris Morris on a slant pattern in the end zone from nine yards out. Morris kicked the extra point to make it 7-0.
Thomas had a 21-yarder midway through Yale's first drive of the second quarter, and freshman tailback Jake McCrary ended that one by taking the ball in from a yard out.
Springfield then went on its longest drive of the day, as freshman defensive back Josh Grizzard just missed an interception. Sophomore defensive back Marcus Wallace brought the drive to an end by scooping up a fumble and taking it 88 yards for a touchdown to make it 20-0 late in the second half.
A sack by freshman linebacker Cliff Foreman helped stall the next Springfield drive, and freshman defensive back Sudiptho Paul blocked the ensuing punt to set the offense up at the Springfield 45. On the next play freshman quarterback Bryan Farris hit Reynolds for a touchdown to make it 26-0 heading into halftime.
Thomas, who finished with 110 yards on nine carries, opened the second-half scoring with a 54-yard touchdown run in which he broke several tackles before racing up the right sideline. Freshman fullback Josh Kozel punched the ball in from one yard out early in the fourth quarter to get the lead to 40.
Freshman defensive lineman Michael Anderson's fumble recovery set up the seventh Yale score, a 37-yard touchdown run by Reynolds. Sophomore linebacker Dan Walsh capped the scoring by returning a fumble recovery 30 yards for the 54-0 final.
Yale outgained Springfield 251-151 on the ground and limited the Pride to an 0-for-2 performance on pass attempts.
The Yale JV team hosts Ivy League rival Brown on Oct. 5 at Noon.