Crusaders To Face Yale In Home Opener
The Holy Cross football team will play its first home game of the season when it takes on Yale at Fitton Field on Saturday, Sept. 15. The game between the Crusaders and the Bulldogs will be televised live by Charter TV3 and the Patriot League Network, and can be heard live on WEEI 1440 AM in Worcester.
At halftime of the Holy Cross-Yale game, Bill McGovern and Rob McGovern will become the 26th and 27th individuals to be inducted into the Crusader Football Legends Ring of Honor. Saturday is also Faculty & Staff Appreciation Day, with tickets available to all Holy Cross faculty and staff for just $8.00 each. In addition, the first 500 fans to enter Fitton Field will receive free Holy Cross phone wallets.
Holy Cross stands 0-2 so far this year, with an 0-1 mark in Patriot League play. After being edged by Colgate 24-17 in their season opener, the Crusaders dropped a 62-14 decision at Boston College last week.
Junior running back Domenic Cozier has led the Holy Cross offense with 151 yards from scrimmage and a pair of touchdowns. Cozier has carried the ball 24 times for 97 yards and a score, while catching five passes for 54 yards and a touchdown. Junior running back Miles Alexander has a team-high 106 rushing yards on 26 carries, while junior quarterback Emmett Clifford has hit on 20 of 34 passes for 152 yards and a score.
On the defensive side of the ball, senior linebacker Ryan Brady leads the team with 29 tackles with two quarterback sacks and eight tackles for loss. Sophomore defensive back Joe Lang has added 13 tackles and one tackle for loss, while senior defensive back Corey Stefanik has seven tackles, a quarterback sack, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
Yale went 9-1 overall last season and won the Ivy League title with a 6-1 mark in conference play. Junior quarterback Kurt Rawlings is expected to lead the Bulldog offense after completing 189 of 281 passes for 2,320 yards and 19 touchdowns last season, in addition to rushing 64 times for 226 yards and two scores. Sophomore tailback Zane Dudek is also back, after carrying the ball 159 times for 1,133 yards and 15 touchdowns in 2017. Senior defensive end J. Hunter Roman is the top returning tackler for Yale, after totaling 21 tackles, three quarterback sacks and six tackles for loss a year ago. The Bulldogs are led by head coach Tony Reno, who is entering his seventh season at Yale. Reon’s career record stands at 33-27, including a 21-21 mark in Ivy League play.
Saturday’s game will be the 33rd all-time meeting between the teams, with Yale leading the series 28-4. The Bulldogs have won 14 of the last 15 meetings, and own a perfect 7-0 record at Fitton Field
After the contest with Yale, Holy Cross will remain at home to face Dartmouth on Saturday, Sept. 22, at 1:05 p.m.