Our depth charts seem to follow the Wally Pipp rule. You can’t lose your spot due to injury (at least one of a relatively short duration). Also, if guys are in a rotation and one guy moves ahead of another guy, they don’t always change the depth chart. For example, I suspect Purdy will get more work this week than Abrams after their relative performances last week but Abrams is still second on the depth chart.
Did anyone see this stat from the QB at Merrimack? Granted it was against D2 St A's.
33-39 for 401 yards; I'll say this - if you throw against air - 33 for 39 is very accurate. That is very impressive regardless of who's playing defense. Very curious to see how this plays out against the secondary.
D-1A Grad Student from Louisiana Tech who played in 12 games in four seasons with them. He is ONLY 6'5 and 235.
First trip by the Eagles to Amherst since 1982...a respectable 34-21 loss to BC led by Natick's Doug Flutie.
That was always sort of a "barometer game" for us in the 70s/80s...they always played the week before our BC game as we played UConn. A close game or even a couple wins by UMass ovah BC then gave hope to the Sader cause for the BC game.
Holy Cross' Matthew Sluka exudes confidence as sophomore QB
Matthew Sluka, who last week led the Crusaders past FBS team in UConn, excelled as a dual threat in season opener JENNIFER TOLAND | TELEGRAM & GAZETTE | 5:16 pm EDT September 9, 2021
Holy Cross sophomore quarterback Matthew Sluka brings confidence to his position to begin with, and the decisions he made, the poise he showed and the plays he delivered in the Crusaders’ opening win at the University of Connecticut last weekend should only elevate his self-assuredness.
Holy Cross quarterback Matthew Sluka unleashes a pass during the first quarter against Connecticut last Saturday. Holy Cross quarterback Matthew Sluka unleashes a pass during the first quarter against Connecticut last Saturday. DAVID BUTLER II/USA TODAY SPORTS Sluka passed for 123 yards, rushed for 112, and accounted for three touchdowns in HC’s 38-28 victory. He directed the game’s opening, 77-yard scoring drive, and his 76-yard run in the fourth quarter led to a decisive touchdown.
“I think he believed he could do all of that exactly how he did it,” Holy Cross coach Bob Chesney said. “I think the confidence certainly does grow.”
HC’s win over UConn marked its first over a Football Bowl Subdivision school since the Crusaders beat Army 19 years ago. The victory vaulted Holy Cross into the Stats Perform Football Championship Subdivision Top 25 poll at No. 24. It is HC’s first in-season national ranking since Sept. 18, 2017.
“Any time you get to go 1-0 is a big deal,” Chesney said. “I think going 1-0 against an FBS opponent is a big deal. It’s something that hasn’t been done here since 2002, and that team might have beaten Army, but then went (4-8). I don’t think this is any time to relax or feel good about ourselves, or be in a situation where complacency sets in. That’s just not who we are or what we’re made of. We moved on very, very quickly after (the UConn) game.”
Holy Cross, which was one of six FCS schools to defeat an FBS school last weekend, plays its home opener against Merrimack at 2 p.m. Saturday at Fitton Field.
In the spring, Sluka played in four games and started two, and established himself as a dual-threat quarterback with an emphasis on his running skills. He completed 20 of 35 pass attempts for 187 yards and two TDs and carried 44 times for 234 yards and four scores.
He made several key throws against the Huskies, including a 24-yard touchdown pass to junior Ayir Asante in the first half and a 33-yard completion to sophomore Jalen Coker to set up senior Derek Ng’s third-quarter field goal.
“I hope everybody saw some growth in his game,” Chesney said. “He was fitting some balls into tight windows, and he was able to complete some balls downfield. I think some people had the question, ‘Can this kid even throw?’ and I think he proved he certainly can.”
In the spring, Sluka started the Patriot League Championship at Bucknell and the FCS playoff game at South Dakota State.
“I think having the spring allowed me to find the speed of the game,” Sluka, the Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week, said, “and it definitely helped me preparing for (the UConn) game.”
The Crusaders were 2 for 2 on fourth-down conversions, and Chesney liked Sluka’s decision-making on those plays (both handoffs to senior Peter Oliver).
“You go back to South Dakota State,” Chesney said, “and I think he would automatically pull them and try to make the plays himself. He started to trust the system and to trust and do his part in the system without trying to do too much, and that’s important as we move ahead.”
Merrimack is in the midst of its four-year NCAA Division 1 reclassification period, and will become a full member of the Northeast Conference in 2023-24. The Warriors registered their first FCS win over Delaware State in 2019. They went 0-3 in the spring and opened the 2021 season last Saturday with a 55-23 victory over St. Anselm.
While the coach at Assumption, Chesney went 4-1 against Merrimack, a former Northeast-10 Conference foe of the Greyhounds.
“I think they were a great program anyway,” Chesney said, “and one of the top opponents we played every year. It speaks volumes to see how well they’ve done building the program (to FCS level) the way it should be built.”
Fans, take heed of vaccination requirements Fans planning to attend Holy Cross’ home opener against Merrimack Saturday at Fitton Field should be aware of the college’s updated vaccination requirements for outdoor events.
For admittance, fans must present a valid form of photo ID and proof of vaccination, or documentation of an appropriately dated negative COVID-19 test at one of five prescreening areas, which will be located at Gates A and D, and inside Freshman Field, West Lot and the Premier Lot.
Once screened, fans will receive non-transferable wristbands that will allow them into Fitton Field.
Children under age 12 do not need to provide proof of vaccination or proof of a negative COVID-19 test for entry, but they will be required to wear a face covering while attending any indoor or outdoor Holy Cross event.
—Contact Jennifer Toland at email@example.com. Follow her on Twitter @jentandg.
I will be forced to take in this contest from home due to the kids’ sports today. The late start time isn’t quite late enough for us though I do appreciate the effort. Will be fun to at least see the best grass football surface in New England in HD.
I am in a similar boat. Today is my granddaughter's first context where she is a cheerleader. When you are in first grade, that is BIG stuff. I do hope to get to see some of the second half broadcast live.
In watching this clip from Spectrum these words from HCBC absolutely resonated loudly:
"The leading cause of success is well managed failure and the leading cause of failure is mismanaged success"!
Perhaps as important, all the interviewed players said the same thing in their own words: we celebrated Saturday and then back to work on Sunday. They've internalized Chesney's philosophy and that is critical.
Post by longsuffering on Sept 11, 2021 13:05:53 GMT -5
Kevin Gehl opens the streaming by saying HC is coming off it's biggest victory in their history. Kevin Shea standing next to him hides his double take as much as he can and is too polite to correct the other Kevin. Any BC victory or league clinching victory would rank much higher than UConn, but it is a great win to build on. Go Cross!
The size of a lineman doesn’t matter as much as you think it does. Plenty of 270-280 pound lineman who are athletic, agile, and have good technique are much better than a sloppy 310 pound guy who takes up space and not much else.
Those sloppy 310 pound guys looked pretty good against our d-line.