LORETTO, Pa. – The Sacred Heart football team earned its first win over the Saint Francis U since 2011 Saturday, defeating the Red Flash 16-7 at DeGol Field.
The Pioneers controlled the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. Offensively, SHU outgained Saint Francis U on the ground 241-128 and had the ball for 36:06. Defensively, the Pioneers forced three turnovers and held the Red Flash to 0-for-8 on third down.
Kevin Duke was 13-for-23 passing for 93 yards. Nate Chavious carried the ball 22 times for 84 yards. Khaamal Whitaker and Kevin Barry each led the defense with eight tackles. Whitaker added a fumble recovery and an interception. Jake Davis had seven tackles, including a sack, and a forced fumble. Tim Johnson added five tackles and an interception.
Sacred Heart – 4-6, 2-3 NEC
Saint Francis U – 5-5, 3-3 NEC
The Turning Point
Sacred Heart scored on its first play from scrimmage. After returning the opening kickoff 18 yards to the SHU 24, Ezekiel Ennis took the ball on an end-around and ran 76 yards to the end zone to put the Pioneers ahead 7-0 with 14:42 to play in the opening quarter. Near the end of the first, Whitaker recovered a Freddy Bopst fumble at the Red Flash 24 yardline. Three players later, Josh Freiria made a 39-yard field goal to give the Pioneers' a 10-0 lead with 0:14 left in the first.
How They Scored
14:42 1Q – SHU 7, SFU 0; Ennis' 76-yard end-around puts the Pioneers in front on their first play from scrimmage.
0:14 1Q – SHU 10, SFU 0; The Pioneers turned a Whitaker fumble recovery into a 39-yard Freiria field goal.
3:11 2Q – SHU 13, SFU 0; Freiria's second field goal of the day from 27 yards out capped a 10-play, 45-yard drive that took 3:45 off the clock.
1:31 2Q – SHU 13, SFU 7; The Red Flash answered the Freiria field goal with a five-yard touchdown pass from Bopst to Colin Hindle.
6:07 3Q – SHU 16, SFU 7; Freiria made his third field goal of the day from 31 yards out to put the Pioneers ahead by nine.
Key Stats and Notes
- SHU had the ball for 19:02 in the second half, and 10:22 in the fourth quarter alone.
- Ennis scored his fourth touchdown of the season on Saturday. He has three touchdowns in the last four games.
- SHU held the Red Flash to 26 yards of total offense in the fourth quarter on just 10 plays.
- Freiria's three field goals are a career-high.
SHU closes the 2017 season on Saturday, Nov. 18 with a 12 p.m. game against Wagner on Senior Day.