Sept. 23, 2007
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - A day after the varsity's impressive 51-12 win over Cornell, the Yale junior varsity team showed it was capable of putting some points on the board as well. Six different Bulldogs found the end zone, including freshman defensive back Gio Christodoulou on an 80-yard punt return and freshman defensive end Sean Williams on a 47-yard fumble return, as Yale beat Springfield 47-16 at Frank Field.
The lone Bulldog to score twice was freshman fullback Shane Bannon, and he found the end zone first with a short run as Yale took a 7-0 lead on its first possession. After Springfield scored and got a two-point conversion for an 8-7 lead, the Bulldogs quickly re-gained control. Sophomore quarterback Matt Kelleher's 49-yard touchdown to a wide-open freshman wide receiver Chris Stanley gave Yale the lead back, and the Elis never relinquished it.
Bannon's second score was set up when a botched snap on a Springfield punt gave the Bulldogs the ball at the Springfield 26. Bannon's five-yard run made it 21-8 with 4:25 left in the second quarter.
Christodoulou's big play came 39 seconds before halftime. Williams then put the game even further out of reach by ripping the ball away from a Springfield ball carrier and taking it back all the way for a 34-8 lead with 2:31 left in the third quarter.
Freshman quarterback Brook Hart's 15-yard run in the fourth quarter answered Springfield's second touchdown, making it 40-16. Freshman tailback John Pagliaro capped the scoring with a 16-yard run with seven minutes to play.
The JV team plays at Brown next Sunday at 1:00 p.m.
report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity