Pioneers Hold Off Stony Brook, 38-35
Oct. 30, 2004
STONY BROOK, N.Y. (AP) - ]Junior tailback Ed Pricolo (Johnston, RI) ran for over 100 yards for the eighth consecutive game and scored three touchdowns to lead the Sacred Heart University Pioneer football team to a 38-35 win over Stony Brook University in a Northeast Conference tilt Saturday night. The win was the fourth straight for the Pioneers, now 5-3 overall and 2-3 in the NEC.
Lars Anderson started the scoring for the Pioneers with a 27-yard field goal with 6:36 left in the first quarter. Rod Williams answered for the Seawolves with a 40-yard run for a touchdown on the first play of the second quarter. The extra point attempt hit the upright and Stony Brook held a 6-3 lead. Pricolo, who finished with 155 yards, put the Pioneers back on top 10-6 when he scored the first of his three touchdowns with 10:27 left in the first half that capped a 10-play, 71-yard drive.
The points came fast and furious in the last two minutes of the first half. Pricolo started the flurry with his second TD of the game, this one from five yards out to make it 17-6. On the next Stony Brook possession, Williams fumbled the ball and senior Mike Scott (Groton, CT) picked it up for the Pioneers and raced 27 yards for a touchdown and a 24-6 Sacred Heart lead.
Stony Brook temporarily took the momentum away from the Pioneers when Sal Davis took a reverse handoff on a kickoff and raced 97 yards for a touchdown. The Seawolves went for the two-point conversion, but the running attempt by T.J. Moriarty was stuffed.
The Pioneers put up one more score, to make it 31-12 at the intermission, with :26 left in the half on a one-yard plunge by Pricolo. The TD was set up thanks to a 56-yard hookup from SHU QB Dan Ammel to sophomore wideout A.J. Franklin to the Seawolves' two-yard line.
The Seawolves took the opening kickoff of the second half and marched down the field, mostly on the arm of Moriarty and the receiving of junior receiver Josh Anderson. Moriarty finished it off with his legs, running seven yards up the middle for a touchdown to bring Stony Brook back within 31-19.
Not to be outdone, the Pioneers answered with a 22-yard TD pass from Ammel to junior receiver Brian Butterworth. That pass finished off a methodical drive down the field that took over five minutes off the clock and gave the Pioneers a 38-19 lead.
After Sean Forman banged home a 37-yard field goal with :29 left in the third quarter to make it 38-22, the Seawolves held the Pioneer offense, forcing it to punt. On the return, Londre Blocker took a flip from Josh Anderson as he was being tackled and raced 76 yards for a touchdown. The Seawolves tried for the two-point conversion, but Moriarty's pass on the attempt fell short, but Stony Brook had cut the Pioneer lead to 38-28.
With 5:28 to go in the game Moriarty hit Williams on a screen over the middle, catching the Pioneers blitzing. Williams took the ball straight up the middle 60 yards for a touchdown. The extra point by Forman made it a three-point game at 38-35.
On the next Pioneer position, the Stony Brook defense came up big and sacked Ammel twice, driving the Pioneers back to their own 12. David Whalen was forced to punt and managed to get the ball out to only his own 42 yard line as he kicked into a stiff wind.
The Pioneer defense stiffened and help Moriarty as he tried to pick up a first down on a third and five. Foreman lined up for a 41-yard field goal with 1:32 left but the kick sailed wide right. The Pioneers managed to pick up a first down after taking over the ball and ran the clock out.