Red Flash schedule FBS foe

College football

LORETTO –The Saint Francis football program will open its fall 2021 campaign on the road with the first game in program history at an FBS opponent, as the Red Flash will travel to Eastern Michigan on Friday, Sept. 3.

The Red Flash will kick off their return to action this fall against a 50-year member of the Mid-American Conference, under the lights in Ypsilanti.

“We’re looking forward to the opportunity to open the 2021 season with a great test and a historic first for our program,” coach Chris Villarrial said. “It is also exciting to have a game day on our calendar in September as we return to campus and begin preparation for spring practices.”

The meeting between the Red Flash and Eagles adds to a list of non-conference competition for SFU during Villarrial’s tenure. Previous September opponents for Saint Francis over the last decade have included James Madison, North Dakota State, Richmond, Towson, Albany and former FCS members Georgia Southern and Liberty.

Eastern Michigan went 2-4 in a MAC-only 2020 season while averaging 33.2 points per game. The Eagles closed the season with wins over Western Michigan and Northern Illinois, scoring a combined 94 points in those two contests.

Saint Francis is scheduled to begin spring practices later this semester for Villarrial’s 11th season as head coach in Loretto. A spring practice schedule will be announced later this winter.


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