FAIRFIELD, Conn. – On a day where the Sacred Heart football team honored its 22 seniors, the Pioneers lost their season finale 28-15 to the Wagner Seahawks at Campus Field.
Wagner – 4-7, 2-4 NEC
Sacred Heart – 4-7, 2-4 NEC
The Turning Point
Wagner scored on its opening possession, as a 65-yard touchdown run by Ryan Fulse put the Seahawks ahead 7-0 2:02 into the game. Khaamal Whitaker intercepted Luke Massei at the Sacred Heart one yardline with 8:07 to play. On the next play, however, the Seahawks recovered a fumble in the Pioneers' endzone for a touchdown and a 14-0 lead. SHU cut the deficit to five by halftime, getting a three-yard touchdown pass from Duke to Trimble-Edwards, and a 43-yard field goal by Josh Freiria. Wagner scored 14 straight points in the third quarter to take a 28-9 lead.
How They Scored
12:58 1Q – Wagner 7, SHU 0; Ryan Fulse's 65-yard touchdown run gave the Seahawks the early lead.
7:59 1Q – Wagner 14, SHU 0; Sterling Lowry recovered a fumble in the endzone for a Seahawks touchdown.
10:37 2Q – Wagner 14, SHU 6; Duke's three-yard touchdown pass to Trimble-Edwards capped a 15-play, 93-yard drive that took 5:32 off the clock.
0:23 2Q – Wagner 14, SHU 9; After Austin Bailey recovered a fumbled Wagner punt return, Freiria knocked through a 43-yard field goal.
2:38 3Q – Wagner 21, SHU 9; Fulse's second touchdown run of the game, from seven yards out, gave Wagner a 12-point lead.
1:49 3Q – Wagner 28, SHU 9; After a bad snap on a punt gave the Seahawks first-and-goal at the SHU one yardline, Fulse punched in a one-yard touchdown run.
2:21 4Q – Wagner 28, SHU 15; Duke's second touchdown pass of the game was a 31-yard strike to freshman Brandon Ricketts.
Key Stats and Notes
- SHU outgained Wagner 439-296, but was 2-for-15 on third down.
- Kevin Duke was 24-for-40 passing for 377 yards and two touchdowns.
- RJ Trimble-Edwards had a career-high six receptions, 126 yards, and his first touchdown.
- Ricketts also scored his first career touchdown.
- Kevin Barry led the defense with nine tackles.