Delaware 19, Sacred Heart 10 (FCS Playoffs 1st Round)

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NEWARK, Del. – In a stout defensive battle, the University of Delaware football team walked away with a 19-10 opening-round victory in the FCS Playoffs over Sacred Heart Saturday night at Delaware Stadium.

“I’m really excited about the result and I give Sacred Heart a lot of credit,” said Delaware head coach Danny Rocco. “I thought our defense played like a championship defense out there tonight and we did what we had to do to win the football game.”

Clinging to a 12-7 lead, the defense came up with the big play the Blue Hens needed again, putting an end to a lengthy Sacred Heart drive when redshirt junior Artis Hmmingway and redshirt senior Nijuel Hill combined for a sack to hold the Pioneers to a field goal early in the fourth.

With the help of redshirt junior Khory Spruill, the Blue Hens were able to sustain their own drive, using up over six minutes of clock and converting on a fourth-and-short to eventually see redshirt sophomore Anthony Paoletti power his way into the end zone to make it 19-10 late.

Spruill ran it 12 times for 52 yards to lead the Delaware rushing attack. Henderson was 17-for-27 passing for 113 yards and a score.

Sacred Heart RB Julius Chestnut recorded his ninth-straight 100-yard rushing game and ended the season with 855 yards, to bring him to 3,063 for his career and move him into second place on the SHU all-time chart.

Stadium: Delaware Stadium
Location: Newark, Del.
Attendance: 3175
Duration: 2:57

SHU: McCray, Marquez (87 PASS); Chestnut, J. (138 RUSH); Cuddahy, Ed (31 REC);

DELAWARE: Nolan Henderson (113 PASS); Khory Spruill (52 RUSH); Thyrick Pitts (50 REC);


Delaware 37, Maine 0

NEWARK, Del. – It was 469 days since the University of Delaware football team took the field, and it only took 13 seconds for redshirt junior Dejoun Lee to take the opening kickoff back for a touchdown to set the tone in a 37-0 romping of Maine Saturday at Delaware Stadium to open the 2021 spring football season.”We have a great appreciated for the commitment that has been made by the University, our president, our administration and our doctors and staff to get us to this point,” said head coach Danny Rocco. “It’s really a team effort and I talked to the team before the game and said, ‘let’s honor these people with our performance today and let’s honor our teammates who have also sacrificed in a big way,’ and I think we came out and did that today.”

It marked the first time the Blue Hens returned the season-opening kickoff back for a touchdown since 1933 when Allen Kemske lateralled to Joe Green who took in 85 yards against the University of Baltimore.

The 87-yard return was the start of a 177-yard all-purpose day for Lee who picked up another 85 on the ground off 14 carries with a rushing score and a pair of catches for five yards.

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Stadium: Delaware Stadium
Location: Newark, Del.
Duration: 2:55

MAINE: Fagnano, Joe (61 PASS); Banks, Tavion (19 RUSH); Miller, Andre (32 REC);

DELAWARE: Nolan Henderson (146 PASS); Dejoun Lee (85 RUSH); Gene Coleman (48 REC);