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2018 Week 8, Holy Cross: Game Breakdown and Fearless Prediction

We break down the Holy Cross game - and we give our fearless prediction below the flip.

Head coach Bob Chesney is in his first year in Worcester and is working to build up his mark on the program, despite a 1-6 record.

He came to Holy Cross from Assumption College, where he compiled a 44-16 record and made the nearby school a solid member of the NE-10 conference. Assumption has been a strong D-II school over the last decade, engineering an upset over Fordham in 2010 (though that was before Chesney's time).

When Chesney came to Holy Cross, he brought in an almost entirely new staff from the one that Tom Gilmore had assembled.  Only four positional coaches remain, while Chesney brought in a new offensive and defensive coordinator.

Holy Cross also had, by far, the toughest schedule of any school in the Patriot League in September, starting with Colgate, who sits undefeated, Dartmouth, who sits undefeated, and Boston College - yes, that Boston College.  Throwing out those three games…

2018 Week 8, Holy Cross: Tailgate Report

This weekend in frigid Worcester, Mass, 1-6 (0-2) Mountain Hawks take on the 1-6 (0-2) Holy Cross Crusaders at 1:00 PM at Fitton Field.

Both teams enter Saturday looking to reverse big losing streaks, and looking to learn how to win.  The Crusaders have lost four straight, while the Mountain Hawks have lost six straight.

Both teams also will be looking to build some momentum through the end of 2018 to get some momentum into next year and perhaps finish with a .500 or better record in Patriot League play.  While Colgate and Georgetown are undefeated in league play so far, a flourish to end the season would be a helpful springboard into the offseason.

If you can't make it to the game, the game is streaming on the Patriot League Network,with Kevin Shea, Andy Lacombe and Breanna Wilson doing the call.  This is the local broadcast produced on Charter 3 TV in Worcester (which you can get on your TV if you live in that area).

Paired with the Holy Cross coverage you can pair it with the …

So This Is What Rock Bottom Feels Like

As a Lehigh football fan I have seen an awful lot.

I've seen the football program reach some pretty terrific highs.  I've seen a lot of Patriot League Championships.  Trips to FCS powerhouse programs - and beating them. FCS Playoff wins. 

Wins over Lafayette in the last two minutes of the game.  Overtime wins.  Shootout wins.  Wins without an offensive touchdown.  Do I remember WR Brian Klingerman?  I was in the stands explaining the new overtime rules. Yes, I've seen a lot.

I've also seen a lot of lows during the course of my Lehigh football fandom, too. 

Yes, I was at Yankee Stadium.  I was also at Murray Goodman when Tom Gilmore's Holy Cross team dropped 59 on the Mountain Hawks. 

I was at Lafayette in 1994 to watch Erik Marsh run over Lehigh.  Jonathan Hurt?  I was there.  I see the ghost of that play every time I set foot in Murray Goodman.  Yes, I've seen a lot.

In all of this time being a Lehigh fan, I never saw two things:

I never saw Lehigh lose six ga…