St. Francis dominates Waldorf
September 29, 2012 11:08PM
Updated: November 1, 2012 9:52AM
FOREST CITY, Iowa — Heading into a key Mid-States Football Association-Midwest League matchup against NAIA No. 7-ranked William Penn University (Iowa), NAIA No. 17 University of St. Francis is clicking on all cylinders after another dominating 52 point outburst in a 52-6 victory over Waldorf College (Iowa) Saturday afternoon.
The win marks the second straight week in which the Saints surpassed the 50-point barrier — 52-13 against Iowa Wesleyan on Sept. 22 – and the third time in four games all-time against Waldorf. USF has now won each of the four games in the series by an overwhelming 186-16 point margin.
More importantly, the Saints have won each of the last two games by a combined 104-19 count after scoring just 22 total points the previous two weeks and splitting decisions against No. 1 Saint Xavier (31-3 loss) and Olivet Nazarene (19-16 win in double overtime).
“We knew coming into this season that if we could spread it around offensively, we would be difficult to beat and that was the case today,” said USF head coach Joe Curry. “We are playing well right now. We just need to stay healthy.”
The Saints took control from the start scoring the game’s first 21 points in just under 10 minutes and opening up a 35-6 advantage 20 minutes into the affair.
It could have been worse for the host Warriors (3-2, 0-2) on their Homecoming, too.
The Saints twice got inside the Waldorf 5-yard line and failed to score and also missed on a 31-yard field goal late in the opening half.
E.J. White, coming off back-to-back league player of the week honors, opened the scoring with a 17 yard scamper and then went to the air for another two scores, 30 yards to John Magee and 60 yards to Desmond Page. By half-time, the junior quarterback had already thrown for 320 yards and finished with 352 out of 21-of-34 accuracies.
Page served as White’s primary target catching six passes for 141 yards.
Anthony Hubert also got in on the scoring act with his first two touchdowns of the season – a 33 yard dash in the first quarter and a 12 yard run late in the third quarter.
Moments after Hubert’s second score, Malik Norman rang up USF’s longest rushing touchdown of the season bursting off the right tackle for 44 yards similar to Hubert’s first touchdown.
“We started off the game great offensively, defensively and on special teams,” continued Curry, whose team forced a fumble on both Waldorf’s first kickoff return and offensive series. We got the turnovers and punched them into points.”
USF turned three of Waldorf’s five giveaways into 16 points, including six on a Toney Brown 30 yard interception return.
Waldorf, who came into the contest averaging 45 points and 477 yards of total offense per game, was held to a season low six points and 129 yards of total offense.
“All in all, it was a good performance for us,” closed Curry, whose team has won three games in a row to improve to 4-2 overall and 2-0 in league play.
USF returns to the state of Iowa next weekend to face undefeated William Penn (5-0, 2-0). Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m.