Football Falls at Home to Sacred Heart

Football Falls at Home to Sacred Heart

The Central Connecticut football team dropped a 35-27 home decision to Sacred Heart on Saturday afternoon in New Britain.  With the loss the Blue Devils are now 2-8 overall and 0-5 in Northeast Conference play.  The Pioneers improve to 8-2 overall and 4-1 in league play.

Sophomore running back Brenden Lytton rushed for a career-high 193 yards and two touchdowns, replacing an injured Rob Hollomon who did not dress on Saturday.  Senior quarterback Nick SanGiacomo finished the game with 134 passing yards and a touchdown.  Senior Tyrell Holmes caught six passes for 76 yards.

The Blue Devils got on the board first with 1:33 left in the first quarter.  Following a three and out for the Sacred Heart offense, sophomore Keir Minor blocked the Pioneer punt and it rolled into the end zone.  The ball was recovered in the end zone by senior Josh Alaeze for the score and the 6-0 lead.  Sophomore Ed Groth's point after was good and the Blue Devils led 7-0.

Sacred Heart tied the game with 9:55 left in the second quarter.  Quarterback R.J. Noel found Tim Goodwin for a two yard score that capped an eight-play, 40 yard drive following a CCSU punt.  The Pioneers had first and goal on the drive, and on third down Noel faked a run up the middle, then found Goodwin for the score.

The Pioneers then struck again, quickly, following a CCSU fumble, and took a 14-7 lead with 8:43 left in the second quarter.  Following the fumble, Noel hit Jackson king for the 29-yard score and the first lead of the game for the visitors.

The Blue Devils answered and tied the game with 6:04 left before halftime.  Junior C.J. Morrison recorded his first interception of the season to give the Blue Devils the ball deep in SHU territory.  Two plays later Lytton ran it in from 32-yards out to tie the game 14-14.  The scoring rush was the third of the season for Lytton. 

The Pioneers took the lead with 16 seconds left before halftime on a seven-yard pass from Noel to Tyler Dube.  It was 21-14 at the half after Groth missed a field goal attempt for the Blue Devils as time expired.

The Blue Devils tied the game 21-21 with 10:59 left in the third quarter.  SanGiacomo hit Holmes from four yards out to cap a 52-yard drive for the Blue Devils.  A long pass from SanGiacomo to Holmes set up the scoring play.

Following a pair of punts from each team, the Pioneers retook the lead, 28-21, on a 63-yard pass and patch from Noel to Moses Webb with 13:37 left in the fourth quarter.  The scoring pass was the fourth of the game for Noel and the first for Webb.

Lytton rushed for his second touchdown of the game, this time from 54-yards out, on the next possession for the Blue Devils, cutting the SHU lead to 28-27 with 12:!5 left.  The point after was no good and the Pioneers held onto the slim lead.

Noel hit Dube again with 7:47 left in the game to push the SHU lead to 35-27.  The scoring pass was the fifth for Noel and his second to Dube.  It capped a 12-play drive for the Pioneers that took 4:22 off the clock.

Lytton rushed 30 times for 193 yards and his two scores, which came from 32 and 54 yards.  He averaged 6.4 yards per carry.  Chris Abner led the Blue Devil defense with 15 tackles.  Andrew Murdock added 10, including a pair for a loss.  Morrison had a sack and an interception in the game. 

The Blue Devils will return to action next week hosting the NAACP Harmony Classic at Arute Field vs. Howard University beginning at 1 p.m.  The game is the final home game of the season for the Blue Devils, and they will honor their senior class prior to kickoff.

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