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Local Sports

St. Francis suffers big loss to top-ranked team

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The University of St. Francis football team fell to 0-2 on the season after dropping a 68-23 setback against No. 1 Saint Francis (Ind.).

Saint Francis (Ind.) outscored the Saints (0-2), 34-6, in the second quarter to take a 48-9 halftime lead. Nick Ferrer led the Cougars (2-0) with 301 yards and five passing touchdowns.

After the hosts scored a touchdown on their opening first drive, the Saints cut into the deficit when Grayson Burnette hit a 26-yard field goal.

The Cougars scored the next two touchdowns, both on passes by Ferrer. Jarrell Williams returned the ensuing kickoff 54 yards to spark a 46-yard touchdown drive that culminated with a four-yard pass from Don Butkus to Jean Pietrzak to make it 20-9.

Saint Francis (Ind.) added some separation in the latter portions of the second quarter scoring four more touchdowns, including three from Ferrer and one blocked field goal that was returned for a score.

The Saints scored twice in the fourth quarter as Arthur King returned an interception 39 yards for a touchdown and Aaron Ellis hit Lexus Jackson for a 49-yard score.

The Saints used three different quarterbacks on the day, with Ellis totaling a team-high 100 yards.

Butkus, who battled through a first-quarter injury, threw for 66 yards and a score.

Luke Mander also forced a fumble that Tariq Thurman fell on. Mason DeLong recorded a game-high 11 tackles, Kody Randa added 10 stops and Josh Woodard had nine tackles.

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