By Matthew Aveni
With the Central Connecticut Blue Devils having a very forgettable season, they suffered another home loss Saturday on Senior Day. With a closely contested battle Central fell 28-25 to the Bryant Bulldogs. With the loss, the Blue Devils are (2-7) on the season (2-4 in the NEC).
The Blue Devils were once again led by sophomore runningback Rob Hollomon, who once again rushed for over 100 yards. Hollomon has been a catalyst for this Blue Devil team all year. One of the positive aspects of this game was that quarterback Andrew Clements played very consistently from the start to finish.
The Blue Devils gave up a quick score to the Bulldogs with a 34-yard-pass from quarterback Mike Westerhaus to wide receiver Jordan Harris. The Blue Devils responded quickly by moving the ball down field and scoring on a field goal by Juan Duque. After a quick three and out by the Bulldogs, Central struck again. Andrew Clements hit Denzell Jones in stride in the corner of the end zone to give the Blue Devils their first lead of the game.
“We had great offensive flow in the first half,” said senior wide receiver Deven Baker.
Central brought their lead to 10 points when Clements again threw a touchdown pass to Scott Benzing. This was Benzing’s first career touchdown. Right before the half was over Bryant quarterback Westerhaus hit his tightend for a touchdown to cut the Blue Devil lead down to three at half.
The second half was all Bryant. They quickly scored two straight touchdowns to make the score 28-17 in favor of Bryant.
“We weren’t giving the same amount of energy as we were in the beginning of the game,” said Baker.
The momentum seemed to swing right towards Bryant and the Blue Devils could not put together a scoring drive.
In the fourth quarter the Blue Devil defense had its rhythm back and was stopping the Bryant offense. However, Clements and the offense could not catch their rhythm until the end of the fourth quarter. Clement hooked up with Devin Baker for a eighty-five yard touchdown.
The touchdown was not enough, with a failed onside kick attempted the Bryant Bulldogs ran the clock out and took the victory. With the Blue Devils making mistakes on both sides of the ball, Central Head Coach Jeff McInerney placed most of the blame on himself.
“The players did their best to win this game. It was my fault,” said McInerney.
This was after the Blue Devils went for it on fourth down in their redzone when they could have taken the three points with the fieldgoal. Another play that was called into question was when McInerney called for a trick play and quarterback Nick SanGiacomo was hurt after making the catch.
Even placing the blame solely himself, McInerney described the importance of having a game like this.
“We all learn everyday, I have coached many games in my career and each time I learn something new and so do my players. We can take this loss and learn something from every snap,” said McInerney.
With the loss the Blue Devils fall to 2-7 with a game versus Albany next Saturday.
One thing is for sure, McInerney puts his whole heart into this team and school saying, “I love this team and I love this school, and we will get better.”