Sacred Heart Pioneers (2-4, 0-1 NEC) at Robert Morris Colonials (2-4, 0-1 NEC)
Saturday, Oct. 21 – 12 PM
Joe Walton Stadium – Moon Township, Pa.
FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The Sacred Heart football team gets back into Northeast Conference play Saturday when it travels to Robert Morris for a 12 p.m. kickoff against the Colonials.
Last Time Out: The Pioneers scored 19 unanswered points to take a 26-14 lead early in the third quarter against Dartmouth last week at Campus Field, but couldn't hold off a Big Green rally in a 29-26 loss. Kevin Duke threw for a career-high 330 yards and three touchdown passes. Byron Barney caught a career-high 10 passes for 93 yards and a touchdown. CJ Parvelus had 12 tackles and an interception. The Pioneers outgained the Big Green 461-357 and held Dartmouth to 2-for-12 on third down.
- Freshman wide receiver Ezekiel Ennis was named NEC Rookie of the Week on Monday after having eight receptions for 69 yards and a touchdown against Dartmouth last week. It was his second NEC weekly honor this season.
- SHU has won each of the last four meetings against Robert Morris.
- Kevin Duke has thrown for 824 yards and five touchdowns in the last three games.
- Linebacker CJ Parvelus leads the NEC in tackles, averaging 9.5 per game. He had 12 tackles and an interception last week against Dartmouth.
SHU vs. Robert Morris
The Series: The Pioneers and Colonials meet on the gridiron for the 20th time on Saturday. SHU leads the all-time series 11-8 and have won the last four meetings.
Last Meeting: SHU forced three turnovers in a 16-10 win over Robert Morris at Campus Field on Oct. 22, 2016. The Pioneers had 373 yards of total offense while holding Robert Morris to 172 yards. Nate Chavious had a pair of one-yard touchdown runs on his way to 66 rushing yards. Ose Imeokparia led all players with 77 rushing yards. RJ Noel was 8-of-16 passing for 160 yards. James Rentz led the SHU defense with nine tackles and also blocked a field goal. CJ Parvelus had eight tackles.
Scouting the Colonials: Robert Morris is 0-1 in the NEC after a 51-14 loss to Duquesne last week. The Colonials took a 7-0 lead with 7:47 left in the first quarter on a 48-yard interception return by Drew Allen, but the Dukes scored 44 unanswered points after that. Running back Harrison Dreher had 78 yards rushing and a touchdown, finishing the night with 123 yards of total offense. Andy Smigiera led the RMU defense with nine tackles.