October 29, 2006

Junior Varsity Team Shuts Out Springfield 38-0

Oct. 29, 2006

WEST HAVEN, Conn. - Junior tight end Mike Duvall and freshman tailback Brandon Scott scored two touchdowns each and the Yale defense limited Springfield to five total yards of offense in the second half as the junior varsity Bulldogs cruised to a 38-0 win Sunday afternoon at Clint Frank Field.

The Bulldogs started scoring on their first drive, which was keyed by two third-down conversion runs from freshman tailback Ricardo Galvez and another from sophomore fullback Eric Vidal. Vidal's six-yard run on third-and-three gave Yale a first down at the Springfield 20, and on the next play freshman quarterback Richie Scudellari threw to Duvall for the lead.

A 32-yard pass from Scudellari to sophomore wide receiver Jarrett Drake highlighted Yale's next drive, which ended with a one-yard toss to Duvall wide open in the end zone off a play action fake.

The Bulldog defense made sure those two touchdowns would be more than enough. Freshman defensive end Max Newton brought down a scrambling Pride quarterback Anthony Nalen for no gain on a third-and-13, forcing a Springfield punt. Sophomore defensive lineman Uthman Arogundade stopped a Pride run in the backfield on third-and-nine on the next drive to force another punt on Springfield's last possession of the second quarter.

That was a prelude to a dominant second half in which the Eli defense did not allow a first down until the final seconds of the game. Back-to-back Newton tackles on second and third downs ended Springfield's first drive with a punt. The next one ended with an interception by freshman defensive back Wells Stewart at the Yale 48.

Arogundade recovered a fumble two plays into the next Falcon drive, then came through with a sack on third-and-15 to stop Springfield's fourth drive of the half. The fifth drive was also a three-and-out, and by the time the Falcons got the ball back for the sixth time only 2:16 was left in the game.

By then Yale had built up a commanding 38-0 lead thanks to a three-yard touchdown reception by sophomore wide receiver Grant MacQueen, a six-yard touchdown run by Galvez, and touchdown runs of 11 and seven yards by Scott.

The win improves the JV team's record to 2-1. The Bulldogs play at Harvard Friday Nov. 17 in their season finale.

report by Sam Rubin '95 (sam.rubin@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity

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