Red Flash beaten by the Blue Hose

CLINTON, S.C. — Ben Cheek threw a 50-yard touchdown pass to DarQuez Watson, and Malachi Brown returned a blocked punt for a score as Presbyterian defeated Saint Francis, 26-14, on Saturday.

A leaping Saint Francis defender had Cheek’s short pass to Watson graze his fingertips, Watson caught it, spun and sprinted to the end zone, his first TD of the season.

The Blue Hose (3-3) led 3-0 on a Brett Norton 35-yard field goal at the end of the first quarter and then tacked on two more five plays later as Saint Francis’ next drive ended with a safety as a fourth-and-2 snap sailed over punter Andrew Zecca’s head and rolled out of the end zone.

The defenses scored for each team in the second quarter — Brown’s blocked punt for Presbyterian and a Louie Gartner fumble recovery and 49-yard return to put the Red Flash (3-2) on the board.

Bear Fennimore passed for 185 yards and a TD for Saint Francis.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

Saint Francis 0 0 7 7 — 14

Presbyterian 3 9 0 14 — 26

First Quarter

PRE–FG Brett Norton 35, 0:07.

Second Quarter

PRE–Team safety, 14:11.

PRE–Brown 17 blocked punt return (Hartshorn kick), 4:33.

Third Quarter

SF–Gartner 49 fumble return (Bofenkamp kick), 6:28.

Fourth Quarter

PRE–Watson 50 pass from Cheek (Hartshorn kick), 9:43.

SF–Toney 15 pass from Fenimore (Bofenkamp kick), 8:08.

PRE–Marable 12 run (Inabinet kick), 4:01.

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING–Saint Francis, J. Jordan-Toney 19-89, A. Miliner 5-16, J. Denley 2-6, B. Fenimore 2-(minus 13). Presbyterian, B. Cheek 15-93, T. Marable 21-84, M. Robinson 11-40, D. Davis 2-8.

PASSING–Saint Francis, B. Fenimore 18-33-1-185. Presbyterian, B. Cheek 10-18-0-153.

RECEIVING–Saint Francis, K. Lewis 7-58, J. Solano 4-53, C. Holder 1-42, J. Jordan-Toney 2-13, J. Ajayi 1-6, R. Henry 1-6, R. Alexander II 1-5, T. Johnson 1-2. Presbyterian, D. Watson 3-65, D. Davis 4-60, D. McGhee 3-28.

TEAM STATS SF PRE

First downs 16 20

Rushes-yards 30-58 52-204

Passing 185 153

Comp-Att-Int 18-33-1 10-18-0

Return Yards 36 134

Punts-Avg. 5-41.0 6-38.7

Fumbles-Lost 2-0 3-1

Penalty-Yards 2-20 3-35

Time of Possession 28:21 31:39

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