Sa­cred Heart Pi­o­neers vs. Duquesne Dukes

Stamford Advocate - - Sports - — Doug Bon­jour

WHEN: Rooney Field; Pitts­burgh

WHEN: Satur­day, noon

TV/IN­TER­NET: NEC Front Row

RECORDS: Sa­cred Heart (6-3, 4-0 NEC); Duquesne (6-3, 3-1 NEC)

LAST MEET­ING: 37-21 Duquesne; Oct. 28, 2017 (Duquesne leads all-time 9-4)

TOP PLAY­ERS: Sa­cred Heart — Sr. QB Kevin Duke (1,629 pass­ing yds., 13 TD, 7 INT); Sr. RB Jor­dan Meachum (170 car­ries, 1,107 yds., 9 TD); Fr. RB Julius Chest­nut (97 car­ries, 562 yds., 6 TD); Sr. WR An­drew O’Neill (30 catches, 436 yds., 3 TD); Jr. DE Chris Agye­mang (47 tack­les, 7 sacks, 1 FF). Duquesne — Jr. QB Daniel Parr (1,740 pass­ing yds., 16 TD, 8 INT); Jr. RB A.J. Hines (166 car­ries, 986 yds., 12 TD); Sr. WR Ne­hari Craw­ford (50 catches, 838 yds., 9 TD); Jr. LB Brett Zan­otto (63 tack­les, 3.5 TFL); Sr. LB Jalen Booker (4.5 sacks, 1 FF)

MATCHUP TO WATCH: Meachum vs. Duquesne run de­fense — Meachum has five straight 100-yard rush­ing games, in­clud­ing an in­cred­i­ble 318-yard ef­fort in a vic­tory over Bryant. The Dukes are al­low­ing 149.4 yards on the ground per game, which ranks third in the NEC.

DID YOU KNOW?: The last two years, Duquesne has come painstak­ingly close to win­ning the NEC. The Dukes lost the head-to-head tiebreaker with St. Fran­cis in 2016, then dropped a win­ner­take-all game to Cen­tral Con­necti­cut State in Week 11 of last sea­son.

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