JAMESTOWN, N.D. – Opening day was a display of dominance for the NAIA No. 1 University of Saint Francis Cougars.
Saint Francis romped over Jamestown 55-7 on Saturday in its 2017 opener. Saint Francis will play its home opener against Saint Francis of Illinois at noon next Saturday.
Running back Justin Green rushed 11 times for 94 yards and three touchdowns to lead the way for the offense, with backup Ryan Cinadr rushing 10 times for 70 yards and a score. Saint Francis quarterback Nick Ferrer was 17 of 20 passing for 254 yards and touchdown passes to Rocky James and Nate Carson.
Sean Boswell led all receivers with five catches for 73 yards, James had three receptions for 75 yards, Dan Ricksy three receptions for 48 yards and Duke Blackwell a pair of receptions for 35 yards.
Not to be outdone, the Saint Francis defense held Jamestown to 175 total yards and only 62 yards on the ground. Eric Dunten led the Cougars with seven tackles, Piercen Harnish, Wilmer Cole and Caleb Hankenson had six tackles apiece and Malachi Manion had five. Ryan Johnson intercepted a pass.
Harnish also took a fake punt 52 yards for a touchdown.
Green started the scoring with a one-yard run to cap a 59-yard drive, the first of his three touchdowns, all in the first half. The Cougars went up 13-0 on a nine-yard touchdown run by Cinadr. Ferrer's 15-yard touchdown pass to James made it 20-0. Green scored twice more, on 30 and nine yards, to make it 34-0 at halftime.
Harnish's fake punt touchdown made it 41-0. Carson scored on a five-yard shovel pass from Ferrer to increase the lead to 48-0 in the third quarter.
Saint Francis' final scored came on a five-yard pass from backup quarterback Clay Senerius to Blackwell.
Jamestown's only score came with 1:24 left on a 10-yard pass play from Jordan Mann to James Hagen.
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