Football Heads To Fordham On Saturday
The Holy Cross football team hits the road this week, heading to Fordham for a 1:00 p.m. game on Saturday, Nov. 4. The contest between the Crusaders and the Rams will be shown by Stadium and the Patriot League Network, and can be heard live on WEEI 1440 AM in Worcester.
Holy Cross stands 3-6 overall this year with a 2-2 mark in the Patriot League. The Crusaders own victories over No. 9 New Hampshire (51-26), Bucknell (20-0) and Georgetown (24-10), while falling to Connecticut (27-20), Dartmouth (27-26 in overtime), Lafayette (10-7), Monmouth (48-36), Yale (32-0) and Colgate (45-7). Holy Cross currently ranks 12th in the nation in third down conversion defense (31.3 percent), 16th in kickoff coverage (17.4 yards per return) and 25th in passing offense (260.6 yards per game).
Senior quarterback Peter Pujals has led the Crusader offense by completing 205 of 369 passes for 2,325 yards and 13 touchdowns. Senior wide out Blaise Bell has posted 42 receptions for 509 yards and five scores, while junior wide receiver Martin Dorsey has caught 35 passes for 468 yards and two touchdowns. Senior tailback Gabe Guild leads the Holy Cross ground game with 333 yards and a score on 78 carries.
On the defensive side of the ball, senior linebacker Nick McBeath leads the team with 96 tackles, four sacks, 11 tackles for loss, two interceptions, three pass breakups, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. Junior linebacker Ryan Brady has added 88 tackles, three sacks and eight tackles for loss, while senior defensive tackle Jack Kutschke has recorded 36 tackles, four sacks, 11 tackles for loss and two pass breakups.
Fordham currently stands 3-6 overall this year with a 2-2 mark in the Patriot League. After losing six of their first seven games, the Rams have won two straight over Georgetown (17-9) and Lehigh (45-35).
Senior quarterback Kevin Anderson has led Fordham by hitting on 146 of 238 passes for 1,716 yards and 14 touchdowns this season. Sophomore tailback D’Angelo Palladino has carried the ball 71 times for 475 yards and four scores, while junior wide out Jonathan Lumley has 33 receptions for 426 yards. Defensively, freshman linebacker Glenn Cunningham has totaled 68 tackles with five sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. Senior free safety Caleb Ham is also enjoying a strong season with 57 tackles, an interception and three pass breakups.
Holy Cross and Fordham are currently tied with identical 2-2 marks in Patriot League play. Both teams are just one game behind first place Colgate, and the winner will stay alive in the race for the conference title. The victor in this week’s game will also take home the Ram-Crusader Cup, which is presented annually at the contest between Holy Cross and Fordham. The trophy was first dedicated in 1951 in memory of Major Frank Cavanaugh, a former head coach at both schools.
After the contest with Fordham, Holy Cross will conclude the regular season with a game at Lehigh on Saturday, Nov. 11 (12:30 p.m.).