Pioneers Fall To Wagner On Senior Day

Pioneers Fall To Wagner On Senior Day

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.

- Four seniors on defense (Jake Davis, Tim Johnson, Michael Montemurro, and Brendon Slade) each had a tackle for loss.

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