Sacred Heart head coach Mark Nofri said that it’s always a goal to play meaningful games in November.
His Pioneers will do just that on Saturday, November 16 at Robert Morris.
The winner of the Week 12 matchup in Moon will lock up at least a share of the Northeast Conference crown.
At 3-1, the host Colonials control their own destiny. A Week 12 win over Sacred Heart followed by a triumphant regular season finale at Saint Francis would make Robert Morris the undisputed champion and the recipient of the NEC’s automatic bid to the FCS playoffs.
Saturday’s game at Robert Morris will be the regular season finale for Sacred Heart (3-2). The Pioneers can clinch a share of their first conference crown since 2001 with a win. They can secure an auto postseason berth with a win coupled by a Saint Francis loss to Wagner.
By now, you get the point – there’s a lot on the line in Moon, PA come Saturday.
On #FootballFriday, the eve of this highly-anticipated championship bout, NEC football communications director Ralph Ventre sat down with Robert Morris wide receiver Duane Mitchell in a Google+ Hangout. Mitchell spoke about Saturday’s big game, his relationship with quarterback Paul Jones, the RMU defense and more.
#FootballFriday #NECFB Google+ Hangout with Duane Mitchell
Adding to the championship circumstances surrounding Saturday’s Robert Morris vs. Sacred Heart match-up is the fact that Joe Walton will be coaching his final home game at the stadium named in his honor. Walton, a former New York Giants tight end and New York Jets head coach, is the only head coach in the history of Robert Morris football.
Following his NFL coaching career, Walton returned to his western Pennsylvania roots and started a Division I FCS program at what was Robert Morris College at the time. Twenty years later, Walton, a four-time NEC Coach of the Year, is set to pass the torch to assistant John Banaszak, who also has NFL pedigree.
With Walton’s final home appearance approaching, the Pittsburgh Post Gazette ran the following story…
Joe Walton deserves praise – Pittsburgh Post Gazette (Ron Cook)
Joe Walton has participated in 62 summer training camps during his illustrious football career, and he kicked off No. 62 differently than any of the previous 61. The soon-to-be 78-year old Walton participated in his first-ever Google+ Hangout…