PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Junior QB Kevin Cahill (New York Mills, NY) and senior FB Jay Miller (Marlboro, Mass.) combined for 235 yards rushing and four touchdowns Saturday, leading Springfield College to a 51-33 Freedom Football Conference victory over Plymouth State College at Currier Field.
Cahill rushed 20 times for 115 yards and three TDs (from 52, 5 and 8 yards), and Miller carried 12 times for 120 yards and one score, a 74-yard scamper. Cahill also completed 6-of-10 passes for 114 yards and one touchdown.
The win snaps a three-game losing streak for the Pride, who improve to 2-4 overall and 2-2 in the FFC. The 51 points is the most ever scored against Plymouth State, as the Panthers drop to 3-3 overall and 2-2 in the FFC. In fact, the Panthers had only given up as many as 40 points in a game three times in its 30 years.
The verdict overshadowed a strong performance by PSC sophomore halfback Russ Massahos (Windham, NH), who rushed 24 times for 111 yards and a touchdown and caught six passes for 57 yards.
Springfield took a 21-0 lead in the first quarter on a 17-yard return of a recovered fumble by Rich Moran (Hartford, CT), a 44-yard TD reception by Tory DeFrancesco (North Branford, CT) and Miller’s 74-yard burst. The Pride made it 28-0 early in the second quarter on a 12-yard TD run by Bob Sedlor (Yonkers, NY).
“You can’t get down 28 points to a team like Springfield and expect to win,” said PSC head coach Chris Rorke. “They made a great play to strip Massahos and score on the recovery.”
The Panthers got on the scoreboard late in the second quarter on a 35-yard pass play from Matt Simpson (Auburn, ME) to Tim Shaw (Bristol, RI), his first career TD. When Massahos scored on a four-yard run to open the scoring in the third quarter, making it 28-13 Springfield, it was still anyone’s game.
Cahill then took matters into his own hands, scoring all three of his TDs in the second half. The Panther offense tried to keep pace, answering Cahill’s touchdowns with three of its own – Simpson sneaking it in from a yard out, Simpson hitting Eric Taylor (Saratoga Springs, NY) on a 41-yard pass play, and Dan DeMuth (LeMars, Iowa) barreling in from 10 yards out. But in the end, it was too much Springfield offense for the Panthers to handle.
“Offensively, I thought we moved the ball well,” said Rorke. “Even in the first half there were opportunities, but we missed them.”
After three straight home games, Plymouth State hits the road next Saturday (Oct. 23) for a non-conference battle at Bentley College (2:00 p.m.).