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Sunday, October 28, 2007

MU football follow story

By TONY GRAHAM
STAFF WRITER


Monmouth University football coach Kevin Callahan had vowed no major changes in the days following the Oct. 13 lopsided loss to Wagner and leading up to Saturday's Northeast Conference game at Central Connecticut State.

But the Hawks spent some of the last two weeks in the privacy of Kessler Field working on a different offensive wrinkle.

"We changed how we called plays,''Callahan said in the wake of Saturday's 51-36 victory led by David Sinisi's school and Northeast Conference record six-touchdown performance.

""We ran the same plays we always run,'' said Callahan. ""We just did it from a no huddle look.''

The end result was Sinisi's record setting day in which he produced 311 all-purpose yards while Monmouth wracked up 524 yards of offense.

""I think it (no huddle) was absolutely a factor,'' said Callahan. ""It enabled us to keep their defense off balance.''

It was a defense that going into action had allowed and NEC low 275.1 yards a game and 111.3 yards on the ground.

""We had a good selection of plays to go to and we kept them of balance the entire game,'' Callahan said.

""It wasn't a fast paced no huddle. There were also times we huddled and were under center.''

Callahan said Monmouth has gone no-huddle before though not to the extent it did Saturday. ""It was different from what we've done in the past,'' he said.

""We had a no huddle offense in our game plan and the coaches put together a good game plan,'' said Sinisi. ""It just came down to execution. We did a good job of running it.''

None better than Sinisi whose record setting day including racing 46 yards into the end zone with a screen pass from Brett Burke (Wall) and a 37-yard TD run.

""He (Sinisi) had some excellent runs,'' Callahan said. ""He was creative in some of the cuts he made in getting tough yards.

""He caught the ball well and ran with it well after the catch behind the blocks of the offensive line which I thought did a good job all day long.''

NOTES...Burke, 19-for-25, 222 yards, two TD Saturday, has thrown for 742 yards the last three games. He had passed for 656 over his first four... Wideout Chris Kiley (Point Boro) had a career-high 52 yards rushing on seven carries...Senior Ayo Falae and Bobby Cole (Jackson) each recorded an interception and a pair of pass breakups...Freshman fullback Kevin Hahn scored his first touchdown of his career on a nine yard shovel pass...Senior Adam San Miguel (five catches for 45 yards) became the third Hawk to eclipse the 2,000 yard career mark.

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