Several NEC teams had the week off, but there were two very important games that were played. Duquesne’s win over RMU puts them alone at the top of the conference with a 2 – 0 record. As Dukes fans already know, this was an incredibly close game. The Colonials were a missed extra point away from forcing overtime.
Sacred Heart vs. Bryant was a completely different sort of game. The game was not that close, and the result leaves the NEC with only two teams with an overall winning record or conference winning record.
The Pioneers absolutely slammed the Bulldogs, doubling them up 56-28. Bryant actually managed to get within a touchdown of Sacred Heart during the third quarter, but an RJ Noel pass for a touchdown and a J.D. Roussel interception return for a touchdown put the game out of reach for Bryant.
Keshaudas Spence continues to look like the most dangerous player in the NEC. He averaged 6.4 yards per carry on his way to 174 yards and a touchdown. RJ Noel only passed for 193 yards, but he threw four touchdowns and ran for another. The Sacred Heart offense went off against what looked to be a strong contender for the NEC title, and with Spence doing what he’s doing, SHU is a strong contender as well.
Bryant’s offense was nowhere near as effective. The connection between quarterback Mike Westerhaus and wideout Jordan Harris continued to be strong – Harris accounted for 10 of the 17 completions and all three offensive touchdowns.
Conversely, the Bulldogs couldn’t run the ball even a little bit, netting three yards total on the ground.
If Duquesne can beat Bryant in a week’s time, it could really put the Bulldogs away for the season. The game against Sacred Heart on November 9th is looking more and more important. I’ve been incredibly skeptical of the success of the SHU Pioneers. Color me convinced. This team is legit – as long as Keshaudas Spence is in the backfield.