Rob SgarlataI hope everyone had a very restful Labor Day Weekend.  First and foremost, I am grateful to Bruce Simmons, our current Gridiron Club President, and Robbin Robinson, our Parent Coordinator, for the great tailgate and pregame activities for our fans and parents prior to this weekend’s game against Wagner.  I am also grateful to the Athletic Department members who are continually working to improve our game day experience for both our student-athletes and our fans.

On Saturday, we played a good, physical team in Wagner.  In spite of the loss, there are definitely some positives to build on.  Following the game, I told the team in the locker room that I was proud of their effort.  One of our main messages to the team throughout the preseason is to never quit and to always finish.

In the second quarter, Wagner forced a fumble and recovered the ball on our 3 yard line.  On the next play, junior Garrett Powers intercepted a pass in the end zone and returned it out to the 24 yard line.  At the end of the second quarter, our defense forced a punt which returned the ball to the offense with 1:15 left on the clock.  Kyle Nolan engineered a 2 minute drive which resulted in a field goal by Henry Darmstadter with no time left on the clock.  We will need improvements on offense, defense and the kicking game to defeat Dayton.  A short highlight of the game can be seen by clicking here.I would like to congratulate Alec May for being named to the Patriot League weekly honorable mention for his performance this weekend.  He recorded nine tackles, three tackles for loss, two sacks and a pass breakup.  A short highlight of his performance can be found by clicking here.

Unfortunately, we did not have enough positives in the game to win in the end.  We made too many mistakes to beat a good football team.  The great thing about a football season is that you cannot dwell on a loss for too long.  We have already had two good practices in preparation for our first road game at Dayton.

Our players have started classes and are in the full swing of things on the Hilltop.  In addition to school and football, we have been blessed to have a number of speakers address the team throughout the preseason.  I would like to thank Paul Tagliabue, Rodney Slater, Beau Riely, Colonel Greg Gadson, Brigadier General Sam Nichols, John Kuhns and Dave Quintero for taking time out of their busy schedules to visit with our players.  I sincerely appreciate their time.  It was great for our players and staff to listen to their experiences and unique perspectives.

Have a great week!

Rob Sgarlata

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