Sept. 17, 2005
NEW ROCHELLE, NY - Tyler Arciaga (Bonita, CA) threw for a career-high 240 yards and four touchdowns, while junior wide out Joey Henley (Kent, WA) had five catches for a career-high 159 yards and a touchdown to lead the Sacred Heart University Pioneer football team to a 38-14 win over host Iona College in a non-conference game Saturday afternoon.
Sacred Heart, 1-2, scored first with a Nick Passalacqua (Utica, NY) field goal with 9:35 left in the first quarter. The Pioneers made it 10-0 with 3:34 left in the period on a 76-yard Arciaga to Henley hookup.
After the SHU score, Greg Bielski fumbled on the kickoff return and freshman Adam Concannon (Brookhaven, NY) fell on it for the Pioneers. On the first play Arciaga hit junior Alvin Franklin (New Haven, CT) in the endzone for a 17-0 Sacred Heart lead.
Iona, 1-2, got on the board on a 15-yard run by Vinny Christoforo that capped a seven-play, 57-yard drive for the Gaels.
The Pioneers wasted no time answering, moving 76 yards in three plays with Arciaga finding Franklin for another 14-yard scoring strike and a 24-7 lead. Prior to the TD, Arciaga and Henley hooked up for a 40-yard reception to put them in scoring position. SHU made it 31-7 with 5:01 left in the first half on a 27-yard run by sophomore Jason Payne (Cortlandt Manor, NY).
The Gaels gave themselves a little momentum going into the intermission by driving 87 yards in 1:30 with no timeouts remaining. Backup QB Dustin Croick engineered the march, finishing it off with a 23-yard scoring pass to senior Matt Miller.
Neither offense was spectacular in the third quarter but the weather provided some fireworks. The game was delayed for 90 minutes with :56 left in the quarter when a series thunderstorms produced lightning strikes in the local area.
The Pioneers got the only score of the second half when Andy Grant (New Hartford, NY) recovered a fumble by Iona QB Michael Biehl that was caused by Jon Corto (Orchard Park, NY) who came on a blitz. Arciaga made it hurt when he connected Corey Bundy (Selden, NY) for a 25-yard touchdown and a 38-14 lead.
Sacred Heart's defense sacked three different Iona quarterbacks a total of seven times for 66 yards and held Iona to just 11 yards rushing on the day. Corto, who finished with ten tackles, was credited with 2 ½ sacks. The junior linebacker also caused three fumbles and was credited with one pass breakup.
The Pioneers will have a bye week next Saturday. They will open up the Northeast Conference portion of their schedule on October 1 at Wagner College.
GAME NOTES: Senior RB Ed Pricolo was held to 79 yards rushing on 18 carries, his lowest total in two years. He needs 149 yards to become the school's all-time leading rusher....Freshman linebacker Adam Concannon had an excellent day on special teams, recovering a fumble and making two more solo tackles on kickoffs....The Pioneers forced their first two turnovers of the season Saturday and also failed to turn the ball over for the first time in three games....Senior DT Dave Mihalov (Bridgeport, CT) came out as one of the tri-captains for the opening coin toss but didn't play in the game due to a leg injury....The four TD passes by Tyler Arciaga ties a school record shared by four players....The 159 yards receiving by Joey Henley is the sixth highest single-game performance in school history. The top five games are all held by one player - DeVeren Johnson, who is the school's all-time receiving yardage leader and was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in 2002.