FAIRFIELD, Conn. – An award-filled week for Sacred Heart football continued on Monday as QB Logan Marchi and WR Tyrese Chambers picked up weekly honors throughout the day. These all come on the heels of the Pioneers' 56-40 road win at Lafayette in which SHU scored its sixth-most points in a game in program history while also recording their fifth straight victory over the Leopards.
Marchi was the big winner on the day, hauling in College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) FCS National Performer of the Week honors, an honor handed out weekly to the top individual performance in the nation. This marks the first time in program history that SHU has seen a player honored with National Performer of the Week honors. In addition to being named the NEC Offensive Player of the Week by College Sports Madness on Sunday, Marchi was officially announced as the Offensive Player of the Week by the NEC on Monday afternoon.
For Chambers, the first-year has grown into a go-to target for Marchi as the wide receiver earned his second consecutive NEC Rookie of the Week. The back-to-back NEC Rookie of the Week honors marks the first time a player has won the award in consecutive weeks this early in a season since Duquesne RB AJ Hines in 2016.
��Official #NECFB Rookie of the Week��— NEC Football (@NECFootball) September 16, 2019
�� Tyrese Chambers, @SHUBigRed
��️ Following his first career TD reception in a Week 2 win over Bucknell, the freshman was on the receiving end of two more scoring strikes in a 56-40 road victory over Lafayette. pic.twitter.com/0amjx7bUEI
Marchi took on a starring role, dropping big plays all over the field, to finish 22-for-32 for 407 yards with 6 TDs and 0 INTs, engineering the highest-scoring game for the Pioneers since 2013. Marchi becomes just the second SHU QB to throw for six scores in a game, matching the program record established by Dale Fink against Duquesne on Nov. 14, 2009. The six-touchdown total also represents the most passing TDs in a game for any FCS QB in Week 3. Marchi's 407 yards represents a new career-high, marking the first time in his collegiate career he has thrown for over 400 yards and the fourth time he has gone for 300+ in a game. The yardage total is the second-highest single-game total for a SHU QB in program history. Over the last two games, Marchi has gone 43-for-69 (62.3 percent) on his pass attempts for an incredible 723 yards, 9 TD and 0 INT. Marchi is also averaging 16.8 yards per completion across the last two games.
��Official #NECFB Offensive Player of the Week��— NEC Football (@NECFootball) September 16, 2019
�� Logan Marchi, @SHUBigRed
��️ Marchi followed up the NEC's first 300-yard passing performance by becoming the 1st quarterback to eclipse the 400-yard mark during the season's 1st three weeks (6 TD : 0 INT). pic.twitter.com/HbFEJcij7g
The reigning NEC Rookie of the Week WR Tyrese Chambers went off on in Saturday's 56-40 road win at Lafayette, registering nine catches for 133 yards and 2 touchdowns. Both his nine-catch and 133-yard efforts are new single-game program records for first-years. Six of Chambers' nine catches went for first downs or touchdowns while he caught 9-of-11 (81.8 percent) targets and carried the ball three times for 12 yards. Chambers' TD catches were for 24 and 20 yards, the second of which came in the Pioneers' opening drive in the third quarter that gave SHU a lead they wouldn't relinquish for the remainder of play. After seeing limited action in the season opener at Maine, Chambers has exploded over the last two contests, totaling 13 catches for 227 yards (17.5 yards per catch) and 3 TD.
Sacred Heart (2-1) is back in action on the road this weekend with a matchup at Long Island set for 1 PM on Saturday, September 21. This signals the start of the Pioneers' NEC slate as the seven-game conference schedule begins against the Sharks in what will be LIU's first league game as a member of the NEC.