Nov. 15, 2008
FAIRFIELD, CT - James Mallory ran for 150 yards and two touchdowns, part of a 337-yard ground attack by the Central Conneticut State football team, as the Blue Devils ran past Sacred Heart 49-14 in a Northeast Conference game on senior day Saturday afternoon.
Central Connecticut, 7-4 overall and 4-3 in the NEC, took advantage of five Pioneer turnovers and a blocked punt. The Blue Devils also knocked out SHU starting quarterback Dale Fink in the first quarter with a shoulder injury.
Things went badly for the Pioneers right off the bat. Forced to punt on the opening drive, senior Derek Marks had his punt blocked by London Lomax and the Blue Devils recovered on the Pioneer ten. Four plays later Josh Vargas ran it in from one yard out for a 7-0 CCSU lead.
On the second SHU possession Fink was hurt on a second-down play on an attempted pass to Steve Tedesco. He was hit as he threw and was driven to the turf. He had to be helped off the field and didn't return.
In his place, freshman Ray Sheehan (Howard Beach, NY) came on in relief. He ended up completing 19 of 34 passes for 214 yards with a couple of scores, but did throw three interceptions.
After the Fink injury, the Pioneers punted again. CCSU QB Aubrey Norris and Mallory engineered a 57-yard drive on the ground that culminated in a seven-yard TD run by by Mallory to make it 14-0.
The Blue Devils led 28-0 at the half and run it up to 42-0 before the Pioneers got on the board in the fourth quarter. Mark Uyeno (Setauket, NY) caught his first career touchdown pass, a 13-yarder from Sheehan, with 10:06 left in the game to break up the shutout. He had caught a 22-yard pass two plays earlier to set up the score.
Junior Steve Tedesco (Mission Viejo, CA) caught his tenth TD of the season, a 23-yard strike, for the other Pioneer score. He finished the game with seven catches for 101 yards. He finished the year with 77 receptions, shattering the school single-season record he set last year with 59.
The Pioneers close the season with an 8-3 record, the first winning campaign since 2003.