Wagner Seahawks (3-7, 1-4 NEC) at Sacred Heart Pioneers (4-6, 2-3 NEC)
Saturday, Nov. 18 – 12 PM
Campus Field – Fairfield, Conn.
FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The Sacred Heart football team closes the 2017 season on Saturday when it hosts the Wagner Seahawks at Noon for Senior Day.
At 11:30 a.m. Saturday, the Sacred Heart Department of Athletics will recognize seniors Dylan Ackerson, Kevin Daly, Jake Davis, Jaylin Deveau, Kevin Duke, Matthew Du Pilka, Vincent Favorito, Alec Finelli, Josh Freiria, Mickey Haller, Matt Ilalio, Anthony Merejo, Michael Montemurro, Mustapha Noibi, Andrew O'Neill, CJ Parvelus, Brendon Slade, Paul Stanton, Max Trudeau, Mike Whalen, and Khaamal Whitaker in a pregame ceremony. Following the football senior day festivities, the seniors on the dance team will be honored at 11:45 a.m. and the band seniors at 11:50 a.m. The seniors on the cheerleading team will be honored at halftime.
Last Time Out: SHU snapped a five-game losing streak to Saint Francis U last Saturday with a 16-7 win at DeGol Field. The Pioneers' defense held the Red Flash to 0-for-8 on third down and 239 yards of total offense. Ezekiel Ennis scored on the first play from scrimmage, a 76-yard end-around for a touchdown. Josh Freiria added three field goals. SHU had the ball for a season-high 36:06 and tied a season-high with three forced tournovers. Khaamal Whitaker, CJ Parvelus, and Kevin Barry each had eight tackles in the win.
- Freshman WR Ezekiel Ennis earned his second straight NEC Rookie of the Week honor on Monday. Ennis had a 76-yard touchdown run on an end-around at Saint Francis U last week.
- Fifth-Year defensive back Khaamal Whitaker earned his second NEC Defensive Player of the Week award on Monday. Whitaker led the SHU defense with eight tackles, a fumble recovery, and an interception.
- The SHU defense held Saint Francis U to 0-for-8 on third down and 239 yards of total offense last week.
- Senior Max Trudeau has recorded a sack in three straight games.
- CJ Parvelus is 14th in FCS in tackles with 10.1 per game.
SHU vs. Wagner
The Series: Sacred Heart and Wagner meet for the 20th time on Saturday. The Seahawks snapped a SHU two-game winning streak with a 45-20 win at Hameline Field last season.
Last Meeting: Wagner jumped out to a 25-6 lead on its way to a 45-20 win over the Pioneers at Hameline Field on Oct. 1, 2016. SHU was outgained 540-435 as Wagner rushed for 264 yards. RJ Noel threw for 327 yards and two touchdowns. Byron Barney had his first 100-yard receiving game with five catches for 103 yards. The Seahawks' Matthias McKinnon led all players with 157 rushing yards and two scores. Alex Thomson was 15-for-28 passing for 276 yards and three touchdowns.
Scouting the Seahawks: Picked third in the NEC in the preseason, Wagner enters the final game of the 2017 season at 3-7 after a 38-10 loss at #10/12 Stony Brook last week. The Seahawks led the Seawolves. 10-7 after the first quarter, but were shutout from there on. Running back Ryan Fulse had 121 rushing yards and a touchdown for Wagner. Fulse is second in the NEC, and seventh nationally, in rushing with 111.4 yards per game. As a team, Wagner is third in the NEC in pass defense (186.7 yards allowed/game) and second with 12 interceptions.