Oct. 24, 2009
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. (October 24, 2009) - The Sacred Heart Pioneers got 118 yards rushing from senior Brian Friedman (Point Pleasant, NJ) and 106 yards receiving from senior Steve Tedesco (Mission Viejo, CA) but were held to just a field goal in the second half falling to Wagner College, 49-28, Saturday afternoon. The two teams combined for 902 yards of offense but it was the Seahawks who outscored the Pioneers 28-3 in the second half en route to the Northeast Conference win.
The Pioneers (1-6, 1-4 NEC) took advantage of three Wagner (4-3, 3-1 NEC) turnovers in a fast paced first half that didn't feature a punt by either team. SHU piled up 340 of their 443 yards of offense over the first two quarters led by Friedman who carried the Pioneers with 98 of his yards coming in the first half.
SHU was forced to settle for a pair of freshman Jason Plescow (Miami, FL) field goals on their first two drives, from 32 and 35 yards out. The Seahawks on the other hand put up 14 points on their first two drives as Dominique Williams ran in from five yards out and quarterback Nick Doscher scored on a 15-yard scramble to lead 14-3 with 4:18 left in the first quarter.
The Pioneers cut it to 14-12 on their third possession as Friedman plunged in from a yard out to cap a 13-play drive that covered 83 yards. SHU got their first turnover on Wagner's next possession as the Seahawks once again drove deep into Pioneer territory but Doscher fumbled and linebacker Brian Flumere (Milford, MA) recovered on the 20-yard line. The Pioneers need just eight plays to convert as quarterback Dale Fink (Swansea, IL) found Tedesco in the back of the end zone, nine-yards out. Tedesco made an impressive one handed catch on the play but for the second-straight score, the Plescow point after attempt was blocked.
After a Fink interception, sophomore Titus McIntosh (Pompano Beach, FL) made his first of two interceptions on Wagner's next possession and the Pioneers added to their lead just three plays later. Sophomore Garry Coles (Southington, CT) broke off left tackle and burst up the sidelines for a 52-yard score to lead 25-21 with 1:10 to go. The Seahawks drove right back down the field looking for points right before the half but McIntosh came up with his second pick, out jumping the wide receiver in the end zone to thwart the threat and end the half.
The second half belonged to the Seahawks as they put 28 points on the board and held the Pioneer offense in check, limiting them to one-of-five on third down and 103 total yards. Running back Jeremy Martinez gave Wagner back the lead at 28-25 with his first of two second half touchdown runs with 10:34 left in the third. The Pioneers tied the game up with 5:45 left in the third as Plescow converted on his third field goal of the afternoon, hitting from 37-yards out to cap a 12 play drive.
The turning point of the game came after the Pioneers turned in a goal line stand on Wagner's next possession. On just the second play of the drive, SHU's Fink rolled to his right and looked for tight end Chris Rapp but safety Chaz Legette read the play and came up with the interception, returning it 21-yards for six to swing the momentum.
The Seahawks left no doubt in the fourth quarter as they tacked on two more scores with Doscher finding Tyrone Collins on a 21-yard scoring strike and Martinez putting the finishing touches on the win with his second score. Wagner rumbled their way to 302 yards and five scores on the ground in the win. Martinez finished with 127 yards and Doscher had 123 yards on the ground to lead the way.
In addition to Friedman's 118 yards rushing, Coles tacked on 93 yards on seven carries. Fink finished 20-of-37 for 185 yards, a score and two interceptions.
Sacred Heart will play their final road game of the season next Saturday, October 31st as they head to Robert Morris for a Halloween showdown with the Colonials. Kick-off is scheduled for 12 noon.