St. Francis is somewhat of an enigma, but is likely better than their record. Other than a lopsided loss to Georgia Southern to open the season, the Red Flash has been in every game. The most questionable loss is to Central Connecticut, who is 3 – 5, but includes among their total a win against lowbie Salve Regina.
The spark for the Red Flash is unquestionably Kyle Harbridge, who averages 173 yards per game. He is so successful that SFU’s quarterback, Max Ward, only has to throw for around 100 yards per game. Harbridge is a machine, already rushing for over 1200 yards through just seven games. He is among the leaders in FCS for rushing.
Simply put, if the Dukes are going to have any success, it will start with stopping Harbridge. Is this possible? Maybe. The Dukes were certainly able to stop the usually-productive Dominique Williams when they played Wagner.
Defensively, St. Francis likes to get turnovers. They have nine picks on the year and four fumble recoveries. Conversely, since the quarterback doesn’t need to throw very much and since Harbridge doesn’t lose the ball, they’ve only given up five turnovers total.
The two big players to watch on SFU’s defense are DaQuan Minter and Lorenzo Jerome, who have combined for all nine interceptions. Jerome is just a freshman, Minter just a sophomore. Otherwise, the Dukes will need to keep track of Bishop Neal, the Red Flash leader in tackles and tackles for a loss, including 2.5 sacks.
St. Francis is coming off of a statement win against Sacred Heart and will be looking to maintain such momentum. Duquesne finds themselves in a must-win situation if they are to maintain any hope of winning the conference. The key is taking care of the ball on offense and stopping Harbridge on defense. Easily said, but incredibly difficult to do.
Game week coverage continues tomorrow with the five keys to victory!