Strong Third Quarter Pulls Sacred Heart Past Stony Brook, 42-24
Justin Holtfreter completed 17 of 26 passes for 186 yards and four scores and Sacred Heart (5-0, 4-0 NEC) used a 21-point third quarter to defeat Stony Brook (1-3, 1-3 NEC), 42-24, Saturday afternoon in Fairfield, CT. The Pioneers remain undefeated at 5-0 and beat the Seawolves for the second straight year.
With the Pioneers clinging to a 14-7 lead at the half, the team scored three touchdowns in the first 7:48 of the third quarter to take command of the game at 35-7. Brandon Graham hit paydirt from one yard away to cap off a 52-yard drive and the Pioneers capitalized on two Stony Brook fumbles. Following the first fumble, Holtfreter hit Andy Gonzalez from 21 yards away and on Stony Brook's next possession, Jayson Jarrett scooped up a fumble and ran 55 yards for a score. The scores came 1:21 apart.
The Seawolves answered on their next possession, but it was too little, too late. Mike Soto connected on a 17-yard field goal as Stony Brook drove 81 yards in three plays. Holtfreter finalized matters midway through the fourth quarter, engineering an eight-play, 40-yard drive and hit Deveron Johnson for a nine-yard score to put the game away at 42-10. Johnson was Holtfreter's favorite target on the day as the two hooked up six times for 94 yards and two touchdowns.
TJ Moriarty and Glentis Michel each had touchdown runs late in the fourth quarter to close the gap.
The Pioneers took advantage of a pair of Stony Brook specials teams miscues late in the second quarter to score twice and take a 14-0 lead. Pat Ross's nine-yard punt from deep in Stony Brook territory gave the Pioneers possession at the 16 yard line. Two plays later, Andy Gonzalez scampered in from six yards out. On the Seawolves next possession, Kiheme Cowan gave Sacred Heart the ball at the Stony Brook 16 yard line as he blocked a punt. Holtfreter hit Johnson in the endzone on the next play.
Scott Bard helped the Seawolves answer, engineering an eight-play, 82 yard drive as he hit Chris McGovern with a 40-yard strike in the final minute of the half to narrow the margin to 14-7.
The Seawolves offense outgained the Pioneers by a 371-317 margin. However, Stony Brook was stung for 11 penalties, costing them 155 yards.
Scott Bard was 13-of-29 through the air for 207 yards and a touchdown and he also ran for 53 yards. Londre Blocker made two catches for 78 yards.
Aden Smith led the defense with eight tackles.
Stony Brook takes on Monmouth next Saturday at Seawolves Field at 12:30 p.m. as part of Homecoming Weekend.