Central Connecticut Blue Devils (1-3, 0-0 NEC) at Sacred Heart Pioneers (2-2, 0-0 NEC)
Saturday, Sept. 30 – 5 PM
Campus Field – Fairfield, Conn.
FAIRFIELD, Conn. - The Sacred Heart football team returns to Campus Field Saturday night at 5 p.m., hosting the Central Connecticut Blue Devils for Homecoming. The game is also the conference opener for both teams. Saturday night's game will be broadcast on ESPN3.
Last Time Out: The Pioneers rallied from two double-digit deficits last week at Bucknell, tying the game 31-31 with 4:12 to play. However, John Burdick's 46-yard field goal as time expired gave the Bison a 34-31 win and SHU its second consecutive loss. Kevin Duke threw for a career-high 244 yards against Bucknell. Eli Terry rushed for a career-high 66 yards and his first career touchdown. Lawrence Nembhard had a career-high 77 receiving yards and his first touchdown. Kevin Sears led the SHU defense with 16 tackles.
- SHU has won its last two Homecoming games by identical 31-6 scores (2015 vs. Cornell, 2016 vs. Marist)
- Freshman Ezekiel Ennis was named the NEC Special Teams Player of the Week on Monday after racking up 171 kick return yards last week at Bucknell. Ennis tied the game 17-17 with a 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to start the second half.
- The Pioneers lead the NEC in both rushing offense (193.5 yds./game) and total defense (283 yds./game).
- Four Pioneers had double-digit tackles at Bucknell last week, led by Kevin Sears' 16.
SHU vs. CCSU
The Series: Saturday marks the 20th installment of the Sacred Heart/Central Connecticut rivalry on the football field. The Blue Devils lead the series 11-8 and have won the last two meetings.
Last Meeting: SHU erased a 10-point halftime deficit to take a 35-34 lead with 1:28 to play at Arute Field on Nov. 5, 2016, but a 35-yard Ed Groth field goal with 0:15 remaining gave Central Connecticut a 37-35 win. RJ Noel completed 20 of 32 passes for 263 yards and three touchdowns, and added a rushing score. Andrew O'Neill had a career-high 106 receiving yards and a touchdown, while Moses Webb had eight receptions for 97 yards and two scores. CCSU quarterback Jacob Dolegala threw for 328 yards a score. Joey Fields had eight receptions for 122 yards and a touchdown. Alec Finelli made a career-high 13 tackles.
Scouting the Blue Devils: Picked fourth in the NEC preseason poll, just ahead of the Pioneers, CCSU enters Saturday's game with a 1-3 record after a 57-6 win over Walsh last week. Running back Cameron Nash rushed for 109 yards and two touchdowns as Drew Jean-Guillaume had two scores as well. The Blue Devils lead the NEC in red zone offense, converting 10 of 11 opportunities. Nash is fifth in the NEC in rushing, averaging 65.8 yards per game.