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Duquesne Set to Host NEC Championship Against Sacred Heart

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Following a 20-10 win against Bryant, Duquesne has clinched home field advantage for the 2020-21 NEC Championship Game, which is currently set for April 11.

It was announced Tuesday morning that the Dukes’ opponent will be Sacred Heart, which had their game on Sunday against Wagner cancelled following Wagner’s second COVID outbreak of the season. Sacred Heart currently sits second in the NEC standings with a 2-1 record, so the Pioneers will take on Duquesne.

The kickoff time from Rooney Field is still to be determined but the game will air live on ESPN3.

These two teams met on March 7 with the Dukes edging Sacred Heart by the score of 30-27 behind the performance of sophomore quarterback Joe Mischler, who passed for 231 yards and 2 touchdowns and added a score on the ground.

These two programs have history playing in the NEC Championship game as Duquesne has won five championships, while Sacred Heart has collected four titles.

The winner of this game advances to the FCS playoffs, with their matchups being announced on Sunday, April 18. These four rounds will culminate in the national championship game on Saturday, May 15 in Frisco, Texas.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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