Logan Marchi Ties School Record, Football Tops Lafayette in Shootout, 56-40

Logan Marchi Ties School Record, Football Tops Lafayette in Shootout, 56-40

EASTON, Pa. – Six touchdown passes for QB Logan Marchi and 56 points for the Sacred Heart offense proved more than enough on Saturday afternoon as the Pioneers toppled Lafayette, 56-40, in an offensive shootout from Fisher Stadium. A second consecutive win and first away from home in 2019 moves SHU to 2-1 on the season and 5-1 all-time against the Leopards, who drop to 0-3 on the year in defeat.

Marchi took on a starring role, dropping big plays all over the field, to finish 22-for-32 for 407 yards, six TDs and 0 INTs, engineering the highest-scoring game for the Pioneers since 2013. Marchi becomes just the second SHU QB to throw for six scores in a game, matching the program record established by Dale Fink against Duquesne on Nov. 14, 2009.

The beneficiaries on the receiving end were the WR duo of senior Kezio Snelling (five catches, 158 yards, 3 TD) and first-year Tyrese Chambers (nine catches, 133 yards, 2 TD) as the pairing combined for 14 catches for 291 yards and 5 TDs. For the reigning NEC Rookie of the Week Chambers, his nine catches and 133 yards receiving are both single-game program records for first-years.

The NEC's reigning Offensive Player of the Week RB Julius Chestnut picked up 74 yards and two scores on the ground. In total, SHU netted 506 yards of total offense, going 500+ for the second straight game.

SHU's defense allowed 623 total yards by Lafayette, including 545 yards combined passing and rushing from Leopard QB Kevin Shoemaker (411 passing, 143 rushing), but the Pioneers came up with two interceptions and four sacks which proved enough for the 16-point win.

First Quarter (14-3 SHU)

  • SHU won the toss, deferring to the second half, as Lafayette took the opening drive 42 yards down the field to set up a 40-yard field goal from Jeffrey Kordenbrock that opened the scoring
  • On the ensuing SHU possession, the Pioneers marched 78 yards down the field in nine plays to score the first TD of the day
  • Lafayette's Luke Ragone kept the SHU drive alive as he was flagged for a roughing the punter penalty on a fourth-and-eight that would've given the ball back to the Leopards
  • Benefitting from the flag, Marchi later found Chambers open at the far sideline who was finally tackled at the Leopards' 9-yard-line for a 45-yard gain
  • On third-and-goal from the seven, Marchi rolled out to his right and threw a seeing-eye strike to Snelling in the back of the end zone for the first SHU score of the day
  • Shawn Ramcheran dove in at the last second of a fourth-and-one pass from Shoemaker to breakup the play and give the ball back to SHU at their own 25-yard-line
  • On the next play, Marchi unleashed a bomb that traveled 50 yards in the air as he hit Snelling in-stride for a quick strike 75-yard touchdown pass to make it 14-3 SHU

Second Quarter (24-21 LAF)

  • The second quarter belonged to the Leopards who outscored the Pioneers 21-7 in the period to take a lead into halftime
  • Lafayette scored on three straight possessions, the first of which coming on a five-yard scamper from Shoemaker as the Lafayette QB made three Pioneers miss tackles on his way to the end zone
  • Between two stalled SHU drives, Lafayette scored again to retake the lead, as Joe Gillette took off along the Leopards' sideline 44 yards for the score, capping a 99-yard drive that started at the Leopards' 1-yard-line
  • Another quick scoring drive came later in the quarter as Lafayette marched 61 yards down the field in just 1:59, capped by Shoemaker's second rushing TD of the game to give the Leopards their largest lead of the game at 24-14
  • Allowing 21 unanswered points, SHU came away with a big answer prior to the half as the Pioneers went on an 11-play, 76-yard drive to make it a one-score-game at halftime
  • Chestnut rushed for 26 yards over three plays to get the drive started before Marchi found Chambers for three straight completions, the last of which going 20 yards for a Pioneer touchdown, making it 24-21 Leopards at the half

Third Quarter (42-27 SHU)

  • A decisive third quarter, the game was decided in the period as SHU came out of the halftime locker room and outscored the Leopards 21-3 while outgaining Lafayette 224-84 in the quarter
  • Going 75 yards in 14 plays across 4:11 of game action was just what the Pioneers needed to start the second half as the TD-scoring drive gave SHU a lead they wouldn't relinquish for the remainder of play
  • Marchi found TE Ed Cuddahy for an 11-yard pickup on a third-and-six early in the drive while later finding Chambers for a 16-yard pitch-and-catch on a fourth-and-six to send the Pioneers into the red zone
  • Just two plays later, after Chestnut's dive for the end zone came up just short on a 14-yard rush, Chestnut finished off the drive with a punch-in from one yard out
  • CB Lamar Evans came up with a huge pass breakup on a third-and-2 from the SHU 9-yard-line that forced Lafayette into a FG that made it 28-27 SHU midway through the quarter
  • It only took five plays for SHU to extend their lead as Marchi found Chestnut open down the middle of the field for 37 yards and just two plays later, the fifth-year QB hit Chambers on an out-and-up at the far side line for a 20-yard score
  • Evans was the beneficiary after a great SHU pass rush forced Shoemaker into a tough throw to his left that was picked by junior CB, marking the first turnover of the day for either side
  • Five plays later, Marchi once again went deep to Snelling, who was left wide open at the near side of the field as the senior went 65 yards for his third score of the day that made it 42-27 Pioneers late in the quarter

Fourth Quarter (56-40 SHU)

  • Looking to get back into the game, the first-year QB Shoemaker was forced into another error as a second straight Lafayette drive ended in a SHU interception, this time by junior DB Alaam Horne who returned his first career INT back 66 yards all the way to the Leopards' 6-yard-line
  • On a third-and-goal from the 1-yard-line, Chestnut pounded through the Leopards' defense for his second rushing score of the game as SHU scored on their fourth straight drive to make it 49-27 Pioneers
  • The SHU pass rush got after Shoemaker on the Leopards' next drive, with DE Chris Agyemang registering his second sack of the day before LB Mike Wilen sacked Shoemaker on a fourth-and-sixth to give the Pioneers the ball back in Lafayette territory
  • Marchi tied the school record with his sixth TD pass, this time going 37 yards to WR Yasir Berry who hauled in his first career catch and score as a Pioneer on the same play
  • Lafayette scored a couple touchdowns late to make it a two-score game with just over two minutes remaining but Del Driscoll put the game away, recovering the onside kick attempt and sealing the win for the Pioneers

NOTES

  • The 56 points scored for the SHU offense is tied for the sixth-most in a game in school history and represents the highest-scoring total in a game since defeating Bryant 56-28 on Oct. 19, 2013 (62 games ago)
  • In addition, the 56 points for the Pioneers is tied for fourth-most in school history against an FCS opponent
  • Marchi threw for a career-high 407 yards, marking the first time in his collegiate career he has thrown for over 400 yards and the fourth time he has gone for 300+ in a game
  • Marchi's 6 TD passes bested his previous collegiate career-high of four which he accomplished twice before prior to today
  • Over the last two games, Marchi has gone 43-for-69 (62.3 percent) on his pass attempts for an incredible 723 yards, 9 TD and 0 INT
  • Marchi is averaging 16.8 yards per completion across the last two games
  • SHU's offensive line – LT J.D. DiRenzo, LG Anthony Della Fave, C Josh Sokol, RG Nick Carnesale and RT Donald Rappoccio – continue to dominate in pass blocking as the Pioneers haven't allowed a sack in 108 dropbacks for Marchi through three games in 2019
  • Marchi's 75-yard TD score to Snelling is the longest TD pass for SHU in a game since an 80-yard throw from RJ Noel to Tyler Dube came against Cornell (Oct. 17, 2015 – 40 games ago)
  • This marked the first time a SHU QB threw for three first half TDs since Kevin Duke passed for three scores in a home loss to Dartmouth on Oct. 14, 2017 (18 games ago)
  • Marchi's three first half TDs is the highest single-game total for a SHU QB on the road since RJ Noel threw for three in a 35-27 win at Central Connecticut State (Nov. 8, 2014 – 26 games ago)
  • Marchi tied the single-game school record for TD passes in a game…joining Dale Fink as the lone two SHU QBs to throw for six scores as Fink accomplished the feat against Duquesne on Nov. 14, 2009
  • After seeing limited action in the season opener at Maine, Chambers has gone off in the last two contests, totaling 13 catches for 227 yards (17.5 yards per catch) and 3 TD
  • Chambers made history today, setting a SHU first-year single-game record with nine catches and 133 yards receiving
  • Snelling was open down the field all throughout the day, finishing with five catches for 158 yards and 3 TDs, all of which are single-game career-highs for the senior
  • This marked just the second 100+ yard receiving game in Snelling's career
  • Snelling's three receiving TDs are the most by a Pioneer in a game since Tyler Dube went for three at Marist on Sept. 19, 2015 (43 games ago)
  • The three receiving scores for Snelling is tied for the second-highest single-game total in program history, a feat accomplished just nine times by just five different Pioneers
  • Snelling's 31.6 yards per catch average is the fourth-highest single-game total in program history and the highest since Joey Henley put up 31.8 yards per catch back on Sept. 17, 2005 against Iona (154 games ago)
  • Chestnut matched his career-high with 21 carries on the day for 74 yards and two scores
  • Over the last two games, Chestnut has five total TDs (three rushing, two receiving)
  • Both Evans and Alaam Horne snagged their first career INTs
  • LB Mike Wilen tallied double-digit tackles for the fourth time in his career, finishing with a game-high 10 tackles including 2.5 TFL and one sack
  • DE Chris Agyemang racked up two sacks, marking the fourth time in his career in which he finished with more than one sack in a game
  • SHU moves to 5-1 all-time against Lafayette, winning the last five straight meetings, and are 3-0 in games played against the Leopards at Fisher Stadium
  • The marks the fourth straight time SHU has defeated a Patriot League opponent

NEXT GAME

A second consecutive road game awaits next week as the Pioneers face the newest member of the Northeast Conference, Long Island, at 1 PM on Saturday, September 21. The Sharks were a longtime power in the NE-10 and are in their first season as an NEC member in 2019.