Crusaders Set To Face Dartmouth On Homecoming Weekend
The Holy Cross football team returns to Fitton Field this Saturday, Sept. 24, when it plays host to Dartmouth at 1:05 p.m. as part of Homecoming weekend. The game between the Crusaders and the Big Green will be shown live on Charter TV3 in Central Massachusetts, and can also be heard on WEEI 1440 AM in Worcester.
Holy Cross owns an overall record of 1-2 on the year. The Crusaders defeated Morgan State 51-24 in their season opener, before dropping two road games to nationally ranked opponents (No. 24 New Hampshire and No. 25 Albany). Holy Cross currently ranks first in the nation in first downs (30.3 per game) and third in passing offense (340.0 yards per game).
Senior quarterback Peter Pujals has led the Crusader offense by hitting on 99 of 157 passes for 1,020 yards and nine scores, and currently ranks first in the nation in completions. Junior tailback Diquan Walker has rushed for a team-best 171 yards and two scores on 32 carries, while catching four passes for 28 yards. Sophomore wide out Richie DeNicola has hauled in 29 catches for 301 yards and three touchdowns, while senior wide receiver Jake Wieczorek has posted 28 receptions for 285 yards and one score. DeNicola leads the country in receptions, with Wieczorek ranking second.
On the defensive side of the ball, junior linebacker Nick McBeath leads the team with 29 tackles and three tackles for loss, while senior free safety Luke Ford has added 26 tackles, a fumble recovery and a pass breakup. Senior defensive end Dewayne Cameron has recorded 18 tackles with two quarterback sacks and five tackles for loss, and senior defensive end Ryan Smith has totaled 11 tackles with three quarterback sacks.
Dartmouth currently stands 1-0 on the season, after defeating No. 22 New Hampshire 22-21 last Saturday. Junior quarterback Jack Heneghan led the Big Green by completing 22 of 46 passes for 229 yards and three touchdowns, in addition to rushing 14 times for 80 yards. Junior tailback Ryder Stone rushed seven times for 90 yards against the Wildcats, while senior wide out Houston Brown totaled eight receptions for 99 yards and a score. Defensively, senior linebacker Folarin Orimolade posted a team-best nine tackles with a forced fumble and two pass breakups.
“Dartmouth is coming to Fitton Field after posting a big win over New Hampshire in their first game,” said Holy Cross head coach Tom Gilmore. “They will present us with many challenges, but we are looking forward to finally playing at home for the first time this season.”
After the contest with Dartmouth, Holy Cross hits the road for its Patriot League opener. The Crusaders will travel to Lafayette for a 3:30 p.m. game on Saturday, Oct. 1.
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