Sacred Heart rides defense, beats Monmouth 24-21
FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) -- Sacred Heart jumped out to an early lead and the defense held off a resurgent Monmouth offense,
holding on for a 24-21 win on Saturday.
Sacred Heart (8-2, 2-2 Northeastern Conference) opened the scoring on a 4-yard run by RJ Noel with 10:37 left in the first
quarter. Julian Hayes tied the game with a 58-yard touchdown run just over three minutes later before the Pioneers scored
17 unanswered points to take a 24-7 lead into halftime.
After Brandon Hill hit Thaddeus Richards for a 19-yard touchdown late in the third, Kwabena Asante's 2-yard score brought
Monmouth (4-5) within three, 24-21, with 6:25 remaining.
The Sacred Heart defense stiffened, however, as Preston Sanford intercepted Hill three plays later and, following a Sacred
Heart turnover, forced a four-and-out on the ensuing drive.
Kevin Sperduto paced the Sacred Heart defense with 11 tackles, three for a loss, including 1 1/2 sacks.
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