Holy Cross Football Hosts Monmouth on Saturday

Saturday, October 07, 2017
GoLocalWorcester Sports Team

Peter Pujals and the Holy Cross offense looks to get back on track
The Holy Cross Crusaders football (2-3, 1-1 PL) team will seek to snap a two-game losing streak on Saturday when they host (4-1) Monmouth at Fitton Field.

“Monmouth is a very good team with a roster full of talented players. They have been very impressive so far this year, as evidenced by their near-perfect record,” said Holy Cross head coach Tom Gilmore.

Kick-off is set for 1 p.m.

Holy Cross vs Monmouth

Saturday’s game will be only the third all-time meeting between the two teams with the series tied at 1.

The last time the two teams met was in 2015, with Holy Cross taking a 27-19 win.

Holy Cross Offense

After only managing seven points last week against Lafayette, the Crusaders offense looks to get back on track this week.

Quarterback Peter Pujals has completed 121 of his 222 passes for 1,316 yards and eight touchdowns on the season.

His top target has been wide receiver Blaise Bell, who has hauled in 30 catches for 374 yards and four touchdowns, while Richie DeNicola has brought in 17 passes for 160 yards.

Running back Diquan Walker leads the Crusaders with 207 yards and four touchdowns on 44 carries.

Holy Cross Defense

The Holy Cross defense enters the game as the eighth-best third-down conversion defense in the nation, allowing teams to convert only 27.8% of the time.

They also enter as the 22nd best scoring defense in the country, giving up just 18 points per game.

The defense is led by linebacker Nick McBeath, who has racked up 53 tackles, six tackles for loss, three sacks, two interceptions and a fumble recovery.

Fellow linebacker Ryan Brady leads Holy Cross with 55 tackles, two sacks and six tackles for loss.

Free safety Ahmad Tyler has recorded 29 tackles, one tackle for loss and five pass breakups.

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