The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

October 26, 2012

St. Francis hits the road, looking to snap two-game skid


sports@tribdem.com

— From a statistical standing, the St. Francis University football team is much improved compared to recent years, but the Red Flash have lost four of their past five games.

They’ll look to break out of their recent funk today at Northeast Conference foe Central Connecticut State. Kickoff at Arute Field is slated for noon.

St. Francis (3-5, 2-3) has lost back-to-back games for the second time this season. Two weeks ago Flash lost at nationally ranked Albany. They followed with a 31-24 loss to Wagner in a game where St. Francis finished with more first downs, rushing yards and total yards.

That’s been a prevalent theme for the Red Flash.

St. Francis has been competitive against the tougher teams on the schedule, but have not found ways to finish games.

And the Red Flash will be wary of Central Connecticut State (1-6, 1-4), and not only because the Blue Devils hold a 16-3 advantage in the all-time series.

Despite its record, Central Connecticut State upset Duquesne two weeks ago and is coming off a six-point loss at Robert Morris.

The Blue Devils are led by sophomore tailback Rob Holloman, who helped West Catholic High School in Philadelphia win the 2010 PIAA Class AA championship. Holloman has 673 yards rushing on the season, but has picked up his

game in NEC play, averaging 119.2 yards per game.

He’ll get a shot at a St. Francis defense that, while improved over last season, still only ranks seventh in NEC in scoring defense and 67 points in its last two outings.

Central Connecticut State, however, has performed more porrly than St. Francis on the defensive side of the football.

The Blue Devils allow an average of 37.1 points per game, which ranks last in the conference. It could provide a tonic for a St. Francis offense that has run the football well during the past five weeks.

Keion Wade leads the Red Flash with 510 yards rushing, and he’s followed closely by quarterback John Kelly, who has 478 rushing yards.

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