Dukes Roll to 24-7 Win over St. Francis
Oct. 21, 2017
PITTSBURGH -- Duquesne overcame an early deficit, scoring 24 unanswered points and forcing two first-half turnovers en route to a 24-7 victory over visiting St. Francis (Pa.) in a Northeast Conference (NEC) matchup on Saturday afternoon at Rooney Field.
The Dukes win their sixth consecutive game to boost their record to 6-1 overall and 3-0 in NEC play, while the Red Flash fall to 4-3 on the season with a 2-1 mark in league action.
This marks Duquesne's first six-game winning streak since the 2002 season.
The Dukes held St. Francis to a season-low 153 total yards, including just 30 yards on the ground. The Red Flash came into the game averaging 353.0 yards on the year. Meanwhile, Duquesne finished with 377 total yards in the triumph.
St. Francis wasted little time getting on the board on Saturday as quarterback Bear Fenimore scored on a one-yard run on the first possession of the game. The Red Flash scoring drive took just four plays as St. Francis gained a 7-0 edge just over a minute into the contest.
Sophomore kicker John Domit's (Greensburg, Pa./Hempfield) 28-yard field goal on Duquesne's first possession of the game would minimize the deficit to 10-7.
On the next Red Flash drive, St. Francis was marching deep into Dukes territory when junior cornerback Jonathant Istache (Belle Glade, Fla./Glades Central) forced and recovered a fumble before returning it 40 yards to the Red Flash 25-yard line.
This set up a 21-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Tommy Stuart (Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall/Boise State) to senior wide receiver Chavas Rawlins (Monessen, Pa./Monessen/West Virginia), giving Duquesne its first lead of the day at 10-7 with 1:07 showing on the first quarter clock.
Early in the second quarter, Stuart marched the Dukes 78 yards in 17 plays before keeping it himself on a one-yard touchdown run, pushing the Duquesne advantage to 17-7 at the 5:49 mark of the second quarter. The Dukes' third scoring drive of the contest drained 7:46 off the clock.
Duquesne would come up with another key turnover on the next St. Francis drive, as junior safety Brandon Stanback (Harrisburg, Pa./Bishop McDevitt/Buffalo) intercepted a Fenimore pass near midfield.
The Dukes capitalized on their second takeaway of the game, as junior running back P.J. Fulmore (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Catholic) gave Duquesne a 24-7 lead with a 16-yard touchdown run to cap a six-play, 51-yard drive.
The Dukes would hold onto that lead for the remainder of the contest, limiting the Red Flash offense to just 48 yards in the second half.
Stuart completed 15-of-22 pass attempts for 142 yards and a touchdown to go with 11 rushes for 46 yards and a rushing touchdown.
Sophomore running back A.J. Hines (Wilson, N.C./Fike) ran for a game-high 123 yards on 28 carries. He eclipsed the 100-yard mark for the 10th time in his career and the third time this season.
Fulmore added 14 carries for 68 yards and a score in the win.
Rawlins paced the Dukes' receiving corps with five receptions for 45 yards and a touchdown.
Istache led the Duquesne defense with seven tackles (six
With the Red Flash threatening to score late in the ball game, senior safety Abner Roberts (Pittsburgh, Pa./University Prep) recorded his team-leading third interception of the season. He added a pair of solo stops in the win, as well.
Duquesne had five sacks by five different players on the afternoon.
Duquesne improves to 9-0 all-time at Rooney Field against the Red Flash. All told, the Dukes are 21-2 against St. Francis in Pittsburgh.
After falling behind 7-0 in each of the last two weeks, Duquesne has responded with a combined 68 straight points.
The Dukes hit the road for an NEC matchup at Sacred Heart next Saturday, Oct. 28. Kickoff is slated for noon ET in Fairfield, Conn.