Sacred Heart Earns Convincing 38-7 Win over Robert Morris
FAIRFIELD, Conn. – For the second straight week, the Sacred Heart football team turned out over 300 yards of rushing en route to a strong 38-7 win over Robert Morris (2-7, 0-5 NEC). All five SHU touchdowns came in the first half as the Pioneers' defense allowed season lows of 172 yards of total offense and 70 yards rushing.
With the win, SHU (6-3, 4-0 NEC) can clinch at least a share of the Northeast Conference Championship and the conference's automatic bid to the FCS Playoffs with a win next weekend at Duquesne.
Senior Jordan Meachum followed up last weekend's school record performance with 145 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 18 carries, putting him over 1,000 yards rushing for the first time in his career. First-year Julius Chestnut tallied a game-high 152 yards on the ground and one score, and graduate quarterback Kevin Dukecarried 10 times for 38 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Junior Kezio Snelling had a game-high 59 yards receiving and Andrew O'Neill caught three passes for 45 yards.
On defense, senior Noah Provenzano made his second interception of the season to set up SHU's second touchdown. Chris Agyremang (1.5), Mike Wilen (0.5) and DeAndre Byrd (1.0) combined for three Pioneer sacks. Wilen led the team with eight total tackles, Agyemang chipped in seven and Bryd finished with two tackles, both of which were for a loss.
SHU got off to fast start, wasting no time by driving 78 yards on seven plays to take a 7-0 lead when Duke ran in untouched from a yard out at the 10:33 mark. The drive was sparked by a 29-yard run by Meachum, that put him over 1,000 yards rushing on the season and set up first and goal from the 10-yard line.
On the ensuing drive, RMU faced a third down and long when Provenzano stepped up with the interception and returned it 17 yards to the RMU 43.
SHU picked up two first downs before Meachum scampered 16 yards into the end zone to make it 14-0 with 6:17 remaining in the opening quarter.
The Pios struck once again right before the end on the quarter to take a 21-0 lead with 12 seconds remaining. Duke hit Snelling for 19 yards to set up 1st-and-goal at the one, then Duke used a play-fake and took the ball into the end zone himself for his second score of the opening frame