Final weekend, the Crusaders of the Holy Cross confronted off towards the Fordham Rams for the coveted Crusader Ram Cup. It was the primary dwelling recreation at historic Fitton Discipline in Worcester, MA, and the Crusaders did not disappoint. That they had a troublesome battle, got here from behind with a 34-24 victory, regardless of missing some key gamers in a number of talent positions. This takes the Crusaders to 2-0 within the Patriot League as they proceed to manage their very own future because the Playoffs draw nearer.
How did it occur
Holy Cross continued their gradual offensive begin to the season with a lackluster first quarter and a half. They discovered themselves down 14-6 with Fordham quarterback Tim DeMorat edging and dicing secondary Crusader. He is the Patriot League preseason offensive participant of the 12 months, and has completely proven why. Desperately in want of a spark, the Crusaders discovered her in a plethora of recruits. First-year cornerback Terrence Spence blocked a punt and got here again for a landing to attain 14-13, drastically altering the momentum of the sport.
The Crusaders took the reins from that time on, led by a Herculean effort from freshman quarterback Matt Sluka. He got here out of nowhere and was ALL working in protection of the Rams. He additionally hit two large pictures, together with a landing to fellow first-year receiver Jalen Coker. His 57-yard landing was one of the crucial spectacular performs I’ve actually seen at Fitton Discipline. He completed the day with 145 speeding yards and a pair of touchdowns to go together with an enormous landing within the pink zone to seal the victory. His athleticism and dedication to run the ball are an absolute weapon, and it will likely be very attention-grabbing to see if he begins subsequent week.
Regardless of giving up far too many yards, the protection had some big performs to seal the sport. They stopped the Rams in 3 fourth downs, and cornerback John Smith had a key interception within the pink zone. Smith is rapidly turning into the highest nook of all the league and a reputation to observe as the following HC participant with NFL caliber expertise. Whereas it is not the very best day for the protection, the inspiration is there to make the playoffs.
The Crusaders host the Bucknell Bison subsequent Saturday and look to maneuver to 3-0 over the 12 months and into the Patriot League. They’re nonetheless checking out how the Championship / Leaderboard will work, however I feel Holy Cross ought to at the least land a spot within the Patriot League Championship with a win subsequent week. Take a look at the complete spotlight beneath, and as at all times (for now) GO CROSS !!!