We’re in the thick of conference play now as the last teams that were without a conference game have now played one except for RMU. Now’s the time when things really start to matter for all involved. It was a big week, with SHU trying to bounce back on the legs of Keshaudas Spence and the Dukes making a big statement as they open up NEC play.
Let’s take a look at the game action in the NEC!
Dukes 34, Wagner 7
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SFU 28, Monmouth 10
Saint Francis got 14 points off of turnovers during the first quarter, and that was all they’d need to defeat the visiting Hawks. The Red Flash’s numbers were rather pedestrian otherwise – it really was the turnovers that made the difference. A good win nonetheless; Monmouth doesn’t appear to be their usual selves as an independent.
SHU 59, CCSU 36
Sacred Heart bounces back from their loss to Wagner by scoring two touchdowns in each quarter, tacking on a field goal in the second for good measure. SHU star Keshaudas Spence ran for 211 yards and two of those scores on only 23 carries.
The Blue Devils were never close despite putting up some points of their own. Central Connecticut was able to match the Pioneer running game, racking up equivalent yardage and touchdowns with their own two-headed attack, but quarterback Giacomo’s three interceptions – one a pick six – hurt the Blue Devils badly.
Brown 41, Bryant 14
Bryant led 14-7 midway through the first quarter, but after that it was Brown all the way. A definite factor – sophomore running back Paul Caneveri did not play. Caneveri was a huge part of Bryant’s victory over Wagner, and was also the main reason that the Bulldogs stayed in the game against Maine prior to that. I’ve been unable to find word of his status.
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So, some important wins from teams that needed them in conference games, a good win for SFU, and a poor performance for Bryant this week. Spence and the surprising Pioneers move on to Bryant next week in a pivotal NEC game. The last remaining team without a conference game will rectify that next week as RMU hosts Duquesne in the FCS version of the Backyard Brawl – should be fun!