NEW BRITAIN, Conn. – Senior tailback Reggie Woods (Bowie, Md.) carried the ball 24 times for a career-high 153 yards, to lead the Holy Cross football team to a 52-21 victory over Central Connecticut at Arute Field. The Crusaders totaled 419 rushing yards as team, their most in a single game since Oct. 29, 1983 against Columbia (583 rushing yards). Holy Cross improves to 1-2 on the season with the win, while the Blue Devils fall to 0-3 overall.
Junior quarterback Ryan Laughlin (Glen Mills, Pa.) completed seven of 14 passes on the day for 103 yards and three touchdowns, in addition to rushing 15 times for 64 yards and a score. He also directed a Crusader offense which totaled 522 total yards and 33 first downs on the evening.
Holy Cross opened the scoring at the 10:56-mark of the first quarter on a 39-yard touchdown pass from Laughlin to freshman tailback Gabe Guild (Overland Park, Kan.), before Central Connecticut came back with a two-yard scoring run by Rob Hollomon to tie the game at 7-7. The Crusaders regained the lead midway through the second quarter on a four-yard run by freshman tailback Brendan Flaherty (Beverly, Mass.), then the Blue Devils tied the score at 14-14 on a 68-yard scoring strike from Nick SanGiacomo to Aaron Berardino. Holy Cross pulled back in front on a 14-yard touchdown pass from Laughlin to senior wide receiver Mike Fess (Caldwell, N.J.0 with only 19 seconds left in the second quarter, and led 21-14 at halftime.
Early in the third quarter, Laughlin found Fess again for a 17-yard score to put the Crusaders up by 14 points. Central Connecticut responded with a five-yard touchdown run by Hollomon, before senior placekicker John Macomber (Vienna, Va.) kicked a 37-yard field goal to push the Holy Cross lead back to 10 points. On the Blue Devils' next play from scrimmage, senior linebacker Tyler Zeoli (King of Prussia, Pa.) forced a fumble which was recovered by senior linebacker Roman SanDoval (Allison Park, Pa.) and returned 11 yards for a touchdown, making the score 38-21.
In the fourth quarter, the Crusaders concluded the scoring with a two-yard run by Laughlin and a 15-yard rush from sophomore tailback Elad Covaliu (Rockville, Md.).
Freshman linebacker Kyle Young (Roxbury, N.J.) led the Holy Cross defense with 10 total tackles while making his first career start. Zeoli added seven tackles, with a sack, two tackles for loss and a forced fumble.
The Crusaders return to action next Saturday, Sept. 21, when they play host to Monmouth at 6:00 p.m.