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St. Francis Close, But Can't Beat #16 Fordham

The Red Flash took the lead in the third quarter, but the 16th ranked Rams came back in the fourth to secure victory.
LORETTO, CAMBRIA COUNTY – The Saint Francis football team took a lead into the fourth quarter against a ranked opponent for the second time in three weeks Saturday, but No. 16 Fordham used a 21-point fourth quarter to defeat the Red Flash, 38-20, at DeGol Field.
 
The Flash led 20-17 heading into the start of the final period thanks to three Kyle Harbridge rushing touchdowns. A week after tying his own school record with four, the redshirt senior tied the third highest touchdown total in a single game. He also rushed for 291 yards, the third most in a single game in school history.
 
His first score brought the Flash back into the ballgame after the Rams (5-0) jumped out to a 14-0 lead. Harbridge accounted for all 75 yards on the drive, including the 67-yard score. SFU (1-3) missed the PAT, so the score remained 14-6 into the intermission.
 
Harbridge had his fourth 100-yard game of the season in the half, rushing for 115 yards. Junior linebacker Bishop Neal led all defenders with eight tackles in the first half.
 
Harbridge used another big run to pull the Flash to within 14-12 as his 66-yard carry set the table for a two-yard plunge on the very next play. SFU couldn’t convert the two-point conversion to remain behind by two.
 
After a Fordham field goal with 3:40 remaining in the period, Harbridge earned the hat trick with a 71-yard carry on the first play of the ensuing drive. The two-point pass from Max Ward to Harbridge was good to put the Flash ahead, 20-17.
 
Fordham came back in the fourth. On the first play of the quarter, Michael Nebrich’s scramble to his left ended with a 23-yard pass to Tebucky Jones in the back corner of the end zone. The two hooked up on the next drive for a 45-yard completion to set up Carlton Koonce’s eight-yard touchdown run.
 
A long punt return from Brian Wetzel set up the Rams’ final score, a three-yard touchdown pass from Nebrich to Wetzel.
 
Harbridge added four yards receiving and 89 return yards to finish with 384 all-purpose yards, the second highest total in school history. He passes Ted Helsel’s 365 against Gallaudet on Nov. 3, 1979, to move into second place.
 
The defense finished the game with five sacks, the fourth most in a single game in school history. Neal had one of the sacks among his 12 tackles and had 4.5 for a loss. Jake DeMedal had 10 tackles and Dave Coleman finished with nine, including eight solo stops.
 
Asalemo Fruean had a sack and a pair of quarterback hurries, while Max Ma’afala-Maiava, Semo Sila and Terrace Bourne each registered a sack.
 
The Flash moves into NEC play next weekend when it travels to Central Connecticut State for a noon kickoff Saturday.
 
--St. Francis Media Relations

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