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St. Francis football takes down Lincoln
LORETTO, Pa. Redshirt senior tailback Kyle Harbridge (Easton, Pa./Easton Area) tied his own record with his four rushing touchdowns in the Saint Francis Red Flash's 38-7 victory over Lincoln (Pa.) on Saturday afternoon at a soggy DeGol Field.
Lincoln (1-2) jumped ahead just 1:03 into the game, taking advantage of the sloppy conditions to force a turnover on SFU's opening possession. The Red Flash had trouble with the snap on its first two plays, and the Lions pounced on the second one at the SFU 12. Two plays later, the Lions had a 7-0 lead after a 10-yard touchdown pass from Doug Cook to Akeem Jordan.
The Red Flash (1-2) righted the ship on its ensuing possession. Harbridge broke the first play of the drive for a 64-yard gain and scored two plays later to even the score. Including the 19-yard kick return, Harbridge accounted for all 98 yards on the drive. Harbridge had 157 yards rushing in the first quarter.
Harbridge added his second touchdown on the first play of the second quarter, capping a drive which saw him carry the ball on each play while gaining 86 more yards on the ground. He finished the first half with 187 of his 230 yards on the ground. Adding in 43 kick-return yards, Harbridge's 273 all-purpose yards are the fifth most in a single game in school history.
Sophomore running back Khairi Dickson (Cleveland, Ohio/Cleveland Central Catholic) made it 21-7 with a 2-yard touchdown run and the ensuing two-pointer. In the first half, SFU outgained Lincoln, 253-48, in total offense. The Red Flash picked off Cook twice in the half, with reigning NEC Defensive Player of the Week DaQuan Minter (Johnstown, Pa./Greater Johnstown) getting one and freshman Lorenzo Jerome (Sunrise, Fla./J.P. Taravella) snagging the other.
As the rain continued to fall, the SFU offense continued to roll thanks to a couple of exciting punt returns. Senior Dane Domonkos (Windber, Pa./Bishop McCort) had a 49-yard return following the opening possession of the third quarter. Harbridge went in from 4 yards out on that possession. Sophomore Anthony Abeid (Youngstown, Ohio/Youngstown Christian) then had a 51-yard return on the next Lincoln punt, but a missed field goal kept the score at 27-7 midway through the third.
Junior linebacker Dylan Bear (Mars, Pa./Mars Area) recovered a fumble just after the miss, giving the Red Flash another score opportunity. This time, Harbridge scored for the fourth time on the first play of the drive, tying his own record of four touchdowns in a game set two years ago against Morehead State. Freshman kicker Lance Geesey (Harrisburg, Pa./Cumberland Valley) added a 22-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to round out the scoring.
The Red Flash held Lincoln to 91 yards of total offense while gaining 337 yards. The Flash also scored on 5-of-6 trips into the red zone after having no visits last week at James Madison.
The Red Flash will now look forward to hosting No. 21 Fordham next Saturday at noon.