FORT WAYNE – It may not be a homecoming game, but Saint Francis is coming home for the first time in more than a month.
After three road games against highly ranked teams and an early October bye week, the Cougars (5-2, 2-1 MSFA Mideast) are returning to Bishop DArcy Stadium for the first time since a 76-14 pasting of Concordia University on Sept. 22.
Saturday, they will face a new opponent in Siena Heights (3-5, 2-2) but perhaps with an old quarterback.
Josh Miller, who has been sidelined with a high ankle sprain suffered in Saint Francis 25-13 victory at then-No. 1 Saint Xavier on Sept. 29, could return to the starting lineup Saturday, replacing his replacement, David Yoder.
The 6-foot junior, who had been the opening-day starter, played in the second half of Saint Francis 28-19 victory at No. 5 William Penn. He completed 3 of 6 passes for 31 yards, had an interception and tossed a 5-yard touchdown pass to Akeim Kelsaw.
Hes a game-day decision, Saint Francis coach Kevin Donley said.
Miller has 165 yards rushing and two touchdown runs to go along with five touchdown passes and 97.5 passing yards per game.
Yoder averages 123 yards passing and has five TD passes.
And regardless of who will start Saturday, there is no quarterback controversy.
Yoders accurate, makes plays, is cool, Donley said. Miller is the student of the game, is a leader. When either of them are in there, the other 10 are very confident. Yoders got a little swagger to him and nothing ever bothers him. Miller is a warrior; hes a general.
If Donley has any kind of concern, its the fear of complacency.
Donley has often referred to the middle portion of the Cougars schedule as the gauntlet when they beat Saint Xavier, lost at No. 1 Marian, then went back on the road against No. 5 William Penn. Which means Siena Heights will be the first unranked opponent in more than a month.
Thats human nature, Donley said of a possible letdown. How do you combat against it? I wish I knew; Id bottle it and sell it. The only way you can deal with it is be direct, be honest, lay it out there.
Weve got to take care of ourselves, and weve got to continue to progress. If we take a step back right now, that would be tragic. We just got through pushing forward. We played great competition.
That said, Donley cited Siena Heights defense that holds opponents under 150 rushing yards per game and the challenge it brings into Bishop DArcy Stadium.
Theyre going to be a pain, Donley said. Theyve got some cats who can play.