FAIRFIELD, Conn – Junior running back Keshaudas Spence (Dorchester, MA), sophomore quarterback R.J. Noel (Lowell, MA), and junior defensive lineman Tory Moore (Worcester, MA) have all been honored with Northeast Conference weekly awards after Sacred Heart's impressive 56-28 win at Bryant on Saturday. Noel was named Rookie of the Week for the second consecutive week, Spence the Offensive Player of the Week for the second consecutive time, and Moore was named Defensive Player of the Week. The Pioneers have now hauled in 10 NEC weekly honors this season.
A week after setting a new career high with 211 yards on the ground, Spence ran for 180 yards and a touchdown. In the past two weeks alone, Spence has accounted for 391 yards on the ground and three touchdowns. Spence is now over 1,000 yards (1,003) this season for the first time in his career and sits just 336 yards shy of the Pioneers all-time single season rushing record (Ed Pricolo, 2004). The last Pioneer to rush for over 1,000 yards in a season was Evin Jones in 2008.
The rookie quarterback Noel threw four touchdowns and added another one on the ground, leading the Pioneers to their fourth road victory of the season (4-0). Noel has now scored nine touchdowns (8 passing, 1 rushing) in the past two weeks and has 23 total for the year. Noel leads the Northeast Conference with an astounding 18:3 touchdown to interception ratio.
Troy Moore snags his first Northeast Conference award this season after a dominating performance up front against Bryant. The preseason All-Conference nominee notched three sacks, six tackles for loss and a forced fumble against Bryant. Moore was disruptive all afternoon long and seemed to live in the Bryant backfield. He has already eclipsed his season totals from a year ago, with seven sacks and 13.5 tackles for loss.
The Pioneers look for three wins in a row this coming weekend against the Red Flash of Saint Francis University.