FOREST CITY, Iowa – Heading into a key Mid-States Football Association - Midwest League matchup against NAIA No. 7-ranked William Penn University, 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 Saturday afternoon. | Box Score
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 in 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.
St. Francis twice got inside the Waldorf five-yard line but failed to score and also missed on a 31-yard field goal late in the opening half.
Junior quarterback E.J. White (St. Cloud, Fla./ St. Cloud), 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, 33 yards to sophomore running back John Magee (Plainfield, Ill./ Plainfield South) and 60 yards to senior wideout Desmond Page (Columbus, Ohio/ Briggs). White threw for 269 of his 301 yards in the first half.
Page served as White's primary target catching six passes for 90 yards with Magee collecting six passes for 84 yards. Sophomore wide receiver Troy Torrence (Chicago, Ill./ De La Salle Institute) also made a solid debut with two receptions for 64 yards after missing the first five weeks of the season with a shoulder injury.
Junior tailback Anthony Hubert (Quincy, Fla./ West Gadsden) 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, sophomore running back Malik Norman (Homewood, Ill./ Homewood-Flossmoor) rang up USF's longest rushing touchdown of the season bursting off 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 30-yard interception return by junior cornerback Toney Brown (Mulberry, Fla./ Mulberry).
Waldorf, which came into the contest averaging 45 points and 477 yards of total offense per game, was held to a season-low six points and 161 yards of total offense. Seven different Saints totaled no less than five tackles with each of the seven also registering at least one stop behind the line of scrimmage.
"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.
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