St. Francis Tops Monmouth

The Red Flash score 21 points early on their way to a 28-10 victory.
LORETTO, CAMBRIA COUNTY – The Saint Francis Red Flash used a 21-point first quarter to cruise to a 28-10 win over Monmouth on Saturday afternoon at DeGol Field. SFU recorded three turnovers and six sacks. The six sacks are tied for the third most in school history and just one shy of the school record.
The first of those three turnovers came on the opening kickoff. Freshman Lorenzo Jerome forced Monmouth’s Tevrin Brandon to fumble, and junior Bishop Neal capitalized with a scoop-and-score. After Lance Geesey’s extra point, the Flash had a 7-0 lead just 12 seconds into the game.
The teams traded three-and-outs for three possessions until the Red Flash (2-4) used the passing game to extend its lead. Quarterback Max Ward connected with Dane Domonkos for 17 yards to the Monmouth 20. Three plays later, Ward hit Terell Smith for an 18-yard score on third down in the back corner of the end zone to push the lead to 14-0. Ward finished the first quarter 5-of-6 for 48 yards and the touchdown pass.
The Red Flash played takeaway again on Monmouth’s next drive. On third down, DaQuan Minter intercepted his fourth pass of the season and raced down the left sideline 44 yards to make the score 21-0 with 5:18 to play in the first quarter.
Monmouth kicked a 46-yard field goal with 4:32 remaining in the second quarter to break the shutout and to send the game into the intermission at 21-3.
The Flash had the only threat of the third quarter, but Geesey’s 42-yard field goal attempt was blocked. The Hawks turned the ensuing possession into their only touchdown of the game as Thaddeus Richards took a handoff on a reverse and weaved through a couple defenders to score from eight yards out on the first play of the fourth quarter.
Saint Francis salted the game away later in the quarter, capping a seven-play, 57-yard drive with a 23-yard jaunt by Kyle Harbridge. He finished as the game’s leading rusher with 94 yards on 26 carries. Domonkos and Smith each finished with three receptions to lead the team.
Jerome matched Minter with his fourth interception of the season on Monmouth’s final drive, returning the ball 21 yards before pitching to Solomon Leaeno. Leaeno raced 36 more yards to put an exciting cap on a strong afternoon for the Flash defense.
Jerome and Asalemo Fruean led the team with eight tackles apiece. Fruean finished with three of the team’s six sacks, putting him just one shy of the school record set in 1992. Terrace Bourne was just behind with a pair of sacks.
The team recorded nine passes defensed, with Jerome and Minter each having two. Jake DeMedal and Brandon Small each had seven tackles, and Joe Laukaitis registered six. He had the sixth sack.
The defense held Monmouth to just 191 yards of total offense, including only 81 yards passing on 28 attempts.
Saint Francis enters its bye week, returning to action Oct. 26 for Homecoming against Sacred Heart. Kickoff is noon.
--St. Francis Media Relations

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