Monmouth football got down early and made the necessary adjustments to get themselves back in the game.
But in a season where starting slow has almost always led to losses, today was no different, and it proved to be too big a hill to climb.
Down 17-7 after the first quarter and 24-7 at the half, the Hawks (4-5) scored 14 unanswered points but ultimately fell to Sacred Heart 24-21 (8-2) today in Fairfield, Connecticut.
It was an offense-filled start, as Sacred Heart drove right down the field on the opening possession – 69 yards in 12 plays – and got a four-yard touchdown run from quarterback RJ Noel that made it 7-0.
Monmouth bounced right back when running back Julian Hayes went off on a career-long run of 58 yards to even the score at seven. However Noel and the Pioneers offense took the ensuing possession right down the field to make it 14-7 with 4:51 left in the first quarter, scoring on a four-yard pass to Pat Casey.