SHU's Jason Payne Rushes for 123 yards in 49-8 Loss to Monmouth

SHU's Jason Payne Rushes for 123 yards in 49-8 Loss to Monmouth

Oct. 6, 2007

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FAIRFIELD, Conn. (October 6, 2007) - Sacred Heart senior running back Jason Payne (Cortlandt Manor, NY) ran for 123 yards on 10 carries but the Monmouth Hawks rang up 593 yards of total offense en route to a 49-8 win in Northeast Conference football action Saturday afternoon. MU's David Sinisi rumbled his way to 200 yards on the ground, scoring three touchdowns to lead the Hawks to their first win of 2007. The Pioneer losing streak hit four-straight with the loss, dropping the team to 2-4 overall and 0-2 in the league.

The Hawks (1-4, 1-1 NEC) got plenty of big plays on Saturday, starting on the first possession of the game. After forcing a SHU three-and-out, punter Derek Marks (East Lyme, CT) set up to punt the ball away on the Pioneer 28-yard line when a low snap gave defensive back Derek Bischoff time to break free and block the kick clean at the 18. Senior defensive back Ayo Falae scooped up the loose ball on the 14 and ran it in for the score just under two minutes into the action.

Monmouth scored on their first four possessions and five of the six times the touched the ball in the first half. Sinisi followed the blocked punt with a 41-yard touchdown scamper followed by a one-yard plunge that capped a 12-play drive. Senior quarterback Brett Burke hooked-up with fellow senior Adam San Miguel on a 39-yard score to make it 28-0 with just under nine minutes to play in the half.

The Pioneers (2-4, 0-2 NEC) caught a break on the Hawks next possession as a high snap on fourth down forced punter Jack Daniels to chase the loose ball into his endzone, batting it away for a team safety. Taking the two-points and the ball right back, the Pioneers looked like they would cut into the Hawk lead further thanks to Payne. The senior tailback took a handoff off tackle right and scampered up the right sideline with Brian Robinson saving a touchdown pushing him out of bounds at the MU 13 yard line.

Seven plays later, SHU got the ball down to the Hawk one after defensive offsides, setting up a third and goal. Quarterback Tyler McKeon (Worcester, MA) mishandled the snap and MU's Larry Hudson fell on the fumble at the one squashing the SHU scoring threat and giving his team back the ball with 2:15 on the clock.

Sinisi need just one play to break the Pioneer comeback hopes, busting through the line and outrunning several SHU players en route to a 99-yard highlight reel touchdown scamper and a 35-2 run. The play tied Monmouth record for the longest run from scrimmage, set by Jim Varick against Sacred Heart on Campus Field in 1994, a 32-13 Hawk win.

Monmouth added second half scores on a Burke to John Nalbone 18-yard pass and a Ryan Skorupka three-yard run. The Hawks finished with 331 yards rushing led by Sinisi's 200 and 119 yards on 16 carries from Bobby Giles. Through the air, the Hawks had 262 yards passing. Burke threw for 241 and two scores, completing 15-of-19.

The Pioneers got on the scoreboard to open the fourth quarter as sophomore fullback Brian Friedman (Point Pleasant, NJ) scored his first career touchdown on a four-yard burst of left tackle to cap a 14-play, 60 yard drive with 13:11 left.

Payne's 131 yards included both his first half 52 yard bolt and a 73-yard scamper in the third quarter that set the Pioneers up first and goal on the Hawk three. Monmouth's defense held tough and bounced SHU back to the five before taking over on downs.

SHU finished with 274 yards of total offense, just 85 through the air, while converting just three of 13 on third down. Friedman rushed for 48 yards on 12 carries including his four-yard score. Sophomore Steve Tedesco caught five pass for 44 yards in the loss

Senior safety John Wilson (Bloomfield, CT) led the team in tackles for the third-straight game making 15 stops (7 solo/8 assists). Sophomore linebacker Andre Geraghty (Bellevue, WA) made 11 tackles, one for a loss. Junior Steve Young (Brooklyn, NY) had eight tackles and came up with a sack.

The Pioneers get back on the road next week when they travel to the University at Albany to take on the Great Danes. Kickoff is scheduled 4:00 pm.