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(This article originally appeared on Press Box.)

WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ — Sacred Heart (3-6, 1-5) defeated the Monmouth Hawks (3-5, 3-2) 26-25 in a thrilling game at Kessler Field. The Pioneers were led by running back Marcel Archer who ran 18 times for 86 yards and four touchdowns, including the game winner. Afterword, both head coaches were in very different moods. All Sacred Heart head coach Paul Gorham wanted to talk about was Archer.

“I think I have a good one-two punch with him and Greg Ibe,” Gorham said. “It keeps both those guys hungry, and he [Archer] runs so hard. He had a great game.”

Meanwhile, Monmouth head coach Kevin Callahan was visibly frustrated afterwards.

“We got off to a slow start today,” Callahan said. “That’s probably my responsibility for not making sure we were ready for a fast and an explosive start. You have to credit Sacred Heart for that. I thought we did a great job of getting ourselves back into it and retaking the lead. But unfortunately, we didn’t finish.”

The first half for Monmouth did not go well at all. They entered the locker room down 14-3. They needed a spark. They turned to Andrew Mandeville at quarterback. It nearly worked.

Having the same effect as he did in the season opener against Colgate, Mandeville ran for 110 yards, scored a touchdown, while passing for 89 yards and throwing another touchdown. It all started on the opening possession of the second half, as Mandeville led the offense on a five play, 49 yard drive that resulted in a Nick Romeo 13 yard rushing touchdown. And with 11:39 left in the third quarter, Monmouth was right back in it, with the score 14-10 Pioneers.

After having loads of problems getting the Pioneers off the field in the first half, the Hawk defense made a stand, forcing the Pioneers to punt.

Mandeville then led the Hawks offense on an eight play, 44-yard drive that resulted in an Eric Spillane 23-yard field goal, which set the Monmouth record for most field goals made in a single season, at 14. With 5:34 left in the quarter, it was 14-13 Sacred Heart.

Once again the Hawks defense made a stand, forcing the Pioneers to punt once again, and as the fourth quarter started, the next possession led to one of the first questionable coaching calls of the afternoon.

On the ensuing Hawks offensive possession Mandeville successfully led Monmouth on a 12-play, 80-yard drive that resulted in a Balial Sloan El three yard touchdown run. However, Callahan decided to go for two and it failed, so with 12:55 left, it was now 19-14 Monmouth.

“We needed to make that,” Callahan said. “At that point in the game, in the 4th quarter, we needed to make that stand up. We needed [it] so that a touchdown alone wouldn’t beat us.”

Sacred Heart answered right back, helped by a late hit out of bounds penalty on Monmouth defensive back Kenny Amsel. QB Dale Fink led his offense on a six-play, 81-yard drive, resulting in a 20-yard touchdown for Archer. But they also elected to go for two and they also failed, so with 11:10 left in the game, it was now 20-19 Sacred Heart.

The back and forth action continued as on the next Monmouth offensive possession, Mandeville hit Romeo for a 60-yard touchdown reception, and the Hawks took the lead again. But they went for two again – seemingly needing to make up for the last failed attempt – and failed again, with Mandeville throwing an interception. So with 9:24 left in the ball game it was now 25-20 Hawks.

The Hawks once again forced the Pioneers to punt, and with about seven minutes left, Mandeville got the ball back with a chance to seal the win. And they nearly did so.

He led the offense 61 yards in five plays, including a 52-yard scramble, setting up a 41-yard field goal attempt from Spillane. The field goal missed wide left, however, and the number one passing offense had 3:39 to see if they could pull the game out. And they did.

Fink led his team on a nine-play, 76-yard drive that included plays of 10, 15, 16, and 23 yards. It all led to a one yard rush from Archer, his fourth touchdown of the game. The two-point conversion that followed failed and they gave the ball back to the Hawks with just 51 seconds left, ahead by one, 26-25. Fink finished with 21-38 passing for 220 yards.

Callahan reinserted his more passing-oriented quarterback, Kyle Frazier into run the offense but a sack by Sacred Heart defensive end Justin Embler ended the Hawks chances and ultimately the game, and the Pioneers hung on to win 26-25.

Sacred Heart returns home to face Albany next Saturday.

Monmouth goes on the road next Saturday to face Wagner at 1 pm. They will need to get past this loss fast to start focusing for Wagner.

“It’s really frustrating,” Romeo said. “Basically every game we’re in until the end. We’re just not finishing. It really hurts. I look forward, I guess, to next week.”

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Martin Kaymer finished 21st today at the Andalucia Masters in Spain, and as a result Lee Westwood is now the #1 golfer in the world. He overtakes Tiger Woods, who has held it for 281 weeks.

Tiger, Phil Mickelson, Kaymer and Westwood are all playing this week at the HSBC Champions event in Shanghai. All four of them will have a scenarios to keep or take over the #1 ranking. It’s gonna be a great week.

I’ll remind everyone about this later in the week, but the TV coverage times are as follows:

Wednesday (remember, time difference means this starts Wednesday night)/Thursday Morning: Midnight-4am ET, Live, Golf Channel

Thursday Night/Friday Morning: Midnight-4am ET, Live, Golf Channel

Friday Night/Saturday Morning: 11pm-4am ET, Live, Golf Channel

Saturday Night/Sunday Morning: 11pm-4am ET, Live, Golf Channel

The final round coverage is a little misleading because as the timezones go west daylight savings time expires, so in a way that coverage is an hour bloated. Kind of hard to explain but with the DST expiring, the tournament will be over by the NEW 3am ET, which is the OLD 4am ET.

I hope that makes sense.

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UPDATE: The link to the Sony Music stream has been taken down, but 15 of the tracks are streaming on NPR.

Bruce Springsteen’s huge release — “The Promise — The Darkness on the Edge of Town Story” comes out November 16.

Today, Sony Music began legally streaming the 21 previously unreleased songs that make up the double CD release (also in the box set, obviously) “The Promise: The Lost Session — Darkness on the Edge of Town.”

That can be listened to here.

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(This article originally appeared on Press Box.)

Sacred Heart (2-6, 0-5) at Monmouth (3-4, 3-1)

Saturday, October 30, 2010

1pm – Kessler Field, West Long Branch, NJ

Radio: 1160AM, 1310AM, shoresportsnetwork.com

THE LAST WHISTLE: Monmouth comes off a 19-7 win off St. Francis last Saturday, highlighted by strong special teams and defensive play from Jose Gumbs. Next up for head coach Kevin Callahan’s team: Sacred Heart.

“They’ve got an explosive offense,” Callahan said. “They can put points up and have on just about everybody in and out of the league. They have a terrific passing game. The quarterback [Dale] Fink was an all-conference kid in 2008. He can really throw the ball and he’s got a good group of receivers to throw it to.”

The Pioneers come to West Long Branch after beating Georgetown 33-20 last weekend. That victory snapped a six game losing streak.

THE HISTORY: This will be the 16th matchup overall between the Hawks and Pioneers, with Monmouth holding an 11-4 lifetime record.

THE MATCHUP: Keys for Monmouth:

1) Offensively, be aggressive. The Pioneers have the second-to-worst scoring defense in the Northeast Conference, surrendering almost 30 points a game. Especially if the Hawks defense allows this game to become a shootout, Kyle Frazier’s bunch will need to put up the most points as possible.

2) Defensively, limit the big plays. The Pioneers come in with the best passing offense in the Northeast Conference, averaging 240 yards per game. Preventing big plays from receivers Mark Uyeno, Rich Rossi, Tony Patterson and Garry Coles will go a long way towards that.

Keys for Sacred Heart:

1) Keep doing what they’ve been doing offensively – pass the ball and score points. QB Dale Fink needs to have a big game. If he does, and the Pioneers stick to their season averages, the Hawks could be in trouble.

2) Defensively, get off the field. Just like with St. Francis last week, if you’re a team that gives up a lot of yards and a lot of points, the easiest way to rectify the problem is to force the opponents into three-and-outs get off the field as fast as possible.

THE QUOTE #1: “I get the comment about that every single game from the other team. ‘[#]83 in the backfield?’” Monmouth WR and defensive back Chris Hogan on the reaction he gets from playing both sides of the ball.

THE STAT: Monmouth kicker Eric Spillane is one field goal shy of tying the record for most in a season, 13, currently held by Steve Andriola from 2003.

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The PGA Tour and the Turning Stone Resort Championship announced that the event won’t return to the PGA Tour schedule in 2011. Turning Stone started out as the first event in the fall series, but moved into the FedEx Cup regular season this year, as a parallel event to the Bridgestone Championship.

The lowered exposure apparently moved the Turning Stone people to request a solo date during the regular season, but one could not be agreed upon, so they bowed out.

Ultimately, in my opinion, moving out of the Fall Series was the biggest mistake, and now a very nice event for a good cause is gone.

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You may remember last year I made a post about the partial 2010 PGA Tour schedule courtesy of Golf Channel’s Rex Hoggard. Here’s that post for the 2011 PGA Tour schedule, up and through The Masters:

Partial “Draft” 2011 PGA Tour schedule

Jan. 6-9 – SBS Championship

Jan. 13-16 – Sony Open

Jan. 20-23 – Bob Hope Classic

Jan. 27-30 – Farmers Insurance Open

Feb. 3-6 – Waste Management Open

Feb. 10-13 – AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am

Feb. 17-20 – Northern Trust Open

Feb. 23-27 – WGC-Match Play Championship

Feb. 24-27 – Mayakoba Golf Classic

March 3-6 – Honda Classic

March 10-13 – WGC-CA Championship (new sponsor likely to be Cadillac)

March 10-13 – Puerto Rico Open

March 17-20 – Transitions Championship

March 24-27 – Arnold Palmer Invitational

March 31-April 3 – Shell Houston Open

April 7-10 – Masters

The biggest change here is that the west coast swing is going to revert to it’s normal order — Farmers (San Diego @ Torrey Pines) falling in the week between the NFL conference championship games and the Super Bowl), followed by Phoenix on Super Bowl weekend, Pebble, LA, and then the Match Play.

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Darrelle Revis is healthy. Santonio Holmes looks destined for a larger role in the offense. The Jets are rested. They’re coming off a bye. They face a banged up Packers team. Sure win? Far from it.

The Jets went on a two game losing streak last season after the bye. I’m nervous about a post-bye hangover tomorrow. I also want to see improvements out of Mark Sanchez versus the Denver game when he made bad decisions. But in the end, I think you see a win.

And Cablevision and FOX reached a deal so those in the New York market can watch the game!

Packers 20
Jets 34

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