Oct. 30, 2005
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Springfield topped Yale 33-19 in JV football Sunday afternoon at Frank Field despite a 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Bulldogs TB Steven Santoro '09 (Airmont, NY). Santoro also had a 45-yard return, and the Bulldogs got a blocked punt from WR Ken Ebeling '09 (Mahwah, NJ) that DL Shane Jones '09 (Tullahoma, TN) returned to the one-yard line with 5:18 to play, but the Bulldogs were unable to turn it into a touchdown.
The Pride started the scoring with a touchdown on the opening drive, taking the ball 79 yards in 15 plays - all runs. Springfield converted three fourth downs on the drive, including the final one on fourth-and-five from the Yale seven for the touchdown. The Elis caught a break when the ensuing kickoff went out of bounds and set Yale up at the Springfield 43. Ten plays later, QB Ryan Fodor '09 (Madison, CT) dove over the line with his arms outstretched from two yards out for the touchdown. The Bulldogs missed the extra point, and would never wind up catching the Pride.
Springfield added another touchdown at 8:30 of the second quarter, but the Bulldogs answered that one immediately thanks to another crucial special teams play. Santoro field the ball on the left hashmark at his own five, then cut towards the right sideline. He burst through a pack of would-be tacklers, avoided an attempt to push him out of bounds, and then outraced the last Springfield defender into the end zone. PK Chris Yergan '09 (South Orange, NJ) added the extra point to pull Yale within one.
A Yale fumble gave the Pride the ball at the Eli 17 later in the quarter, and six runs later the score was 20-13 after Springfield missed the extra point attempt. The Bulldogs drove down to the Springfield five with time running out in the half but missed a field goal attempt.
An interception of Fodor on a pass that bounced off a Yale receiver enabled the Pride to extend its lead in the third quarter, as Springfield took over at the Yale 23 and got the ball into the end zone with four runs. A 44-yard run by TB Brian Stephenson '09 (Lima, OH) helped Yale get to the two, and from there Fodor zipped a pass to WR Grant MacQueen '09 (Princeton Jct., NJ) to get Yale back within seven with 2:18 left in the third. That was to be Yale's final score of the day; the Pride added another touchdown early in the fourth and then stopped three Yale tries from inside the three and a fourth-down draw from the eight after the blocked punt.
With a 1-2 record in their first three games, the Yale JVs conclude their season against Harvard on Nov. 18 at 1 p.m.
report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity