September 5, 2011

Holmes Earns NEC Honor

Freshman defensive back Tyrell Holmes was named the Northeast Conference football rookie of the week on Monday.  Holmes and the Blue Devils topped Southern Connecticut 35-21 on Saturday afternoon, winning their 15th straight home game.

Holmes received his first career start in his first game as a Blue Devil.  The former two-time All-State selection at Connecticut's Bristol Eastern High School made quite a splash in his collegiate debut, recording seven tackles (2 solo, 5 assist) and intercepting a pass during the Blue Devils' 35-21 victory. 

Holmes made six of his seven tackles in the second half to help Central hold off a pesky Owls' offense.  He denied Southern in a red zone opportunity late in the third quarter when he picked off Kevin's Lynch's pass at the three-yard line on a 2-and-9 play. 

He added a fourth-quarter pass break-up to his line, too. Holmes played well against the run, making a trio of stops in which he limited the ball carrier to two yards or fewer.

Holmes and the Blue Devils return to action on Saturday night at James Madison at 6 p.m.