The Sacred Heart Club Football team started the 2021 season off with a 2-0 record in the first two games of their season. Their wins came against the My Healthy Community (MHC) Green Wave on Sept. 11 and the Clarkson University Golden Knights on Sept. 18.
The club football program has missed two years due to Covid, and in those two years 30 new freshmen have joined the squad.
“For the first time in two years, to get back on the field was a different set of nerves,” said Head Coach Greg Jones. “To go out there on the field with my team and put on a good showing after two years, it was very emotional for us.”
In their home opener, senior safety Chris Binkowitz picked up a tackle and an interception in the win over MHC Green Wave.
“Our season is great. We’re 2-0, it’s a long season, we have a lot more to accomplish and we are all invested in getting a ring,” said Binkowitz. “In the first two games, our team played very well. Even though we had a short pre-season, we all support each other and are invested in winning.”
On the offensive side, senior slot receiver David DePalma rushed for 132 yards with two touchdowns, and freshman quarterback Thomas Hurley provided 82 total yards as well as a rushing and passing touchdown in his Sacred Heart debut.
“Coming to Sacred Heart and playing football where I get a chance to play a full season and get back to normal a little bit, I’m happy to get the opportunity to play for SHU club football, and I am excited to be on the field with my team,” said Hurley.
Their second win of the season came after Clarkson University forfeited at halftime. Junior quarterback Aidan Sacco was a lead rusher for the Pioneers with 73 of their 134 rushing yards.
“I’m happy to be out there again,” said Sacco. “Last time I played football was in high school. I got the chance to play with good teammates and be coached by good coaches.”
Next up for the Pioneers is a battle against the Warriors of Eastern Connecticut State in Windham, Conn. on Sept. 25. They will be on the road again versus the University of Vermont on Oct. 2 before returning to Campus Field on Oct. 16 for a rematch with Vermont.
Sacredheartclubsports.com contributed to this article.