Pioneers Fall at Saint Francis, 21-14
Oct. 28, 2006
LORETTO, PA - Senior Anthony Doria threw three touchdown passes, including the clincher with 8:21 to go in the third quarter to lead Saint Francis University to a 21-14 win over visiting Sacred Heart University in a Northeast Conference game Saturday afternoon. The win snapped a seven-game losing streak for the Red Flash.
Sacred Heart, 2-7 overall and 1-4 in the NEC, took a 7-0 lead with 6:14 left in the first half on a 25-yard pass from Tyler Arciaga (Bonita, CA) to freshman Steve Tedesco (Mission Viejo, CA). It was the third straight game Tedesco has recorded a TD.
Saint Francis, 2-7 and 1-4, pulled even on the final play of the first quarter with a 15-yard pass from Doria to Michael Caputo. Joey Henley evened it for the Pioneers when he caught a five-yard fade pass in the end zone from Arciaga with 8:24 left in the first half.
The Red Flash answered quickly, driving 76 yards on just six plays, capped by a 33-yard pass from Doria to Antoine Rivera.
Freshman Jeff Hodges blocked a punt by Bobby Fuller of St. Francis with just over two minutes to play in the first half, giving the Pioneers the ball on the Red Flash 29. It looked as if the Pioneers would manage the go-ahead score, but Arciaga was picked off on a controversial call on a pass thrown to Corey Bundy at the goal line. It looked as if the ball had his the turf, but the officials ruled the Red Flash had intercepted the ball.
The Pioneers had another opportunity to take the lead when the took the opening kickoff and drove the ball to the Red Flash seven, where they had a first and goal. Arciaga tried three straight passes to the end zone, but was unable to punch it in. Sophomore kicker Joe Schroeder came in to try a 24-yard field goal in a wind gusting over 30 mph, and missed it wide left.
The Red Flash made it hurt, as they took the ball 80 yards in five plays and took a 21-14 lead on a six-yard pass from Doria to Maurice Sales.
With 5:45 to play in the game, it looked like the Pioneers had tying score when Arciaga hit Tedesco in stride for a 57-yard touchdown. However, the play was called back due to a holding call. The Pioneers were penalized nine times for 109 yards.
Evin Jones had his best day as a Pioneer, running 12 times for a game-high 126 yards. Senior Todd Harris of Saint Francis ran 30 times for 119 yards and in the process became just the fifth back in NEC history to pass the 3000-yard mark for his career.