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Saint Francis cruises to home win

In a game that underscored efficiency, seventh-ranked Saint Francis (6-2) cruised to a 31-7 victory over Siena Heights (3-6) at Bishop D'Arcy Stadium on Saturday.

The Cougars, who hadn't played at home in more than a month, rolled to a 17-0 first-quarter lead, held a 24-0 edge at half, and coasted from there against the Saints, who are in their first season of varsity football.

"We could have come out here flat," Saint Francis coach Kevin Donley said. "You give these guys (Siena Heights) some opportunity, they could have made it difficult. We had to come out and play hard. I wish we would have played a little harder in the second half, but we were up 24-0."

Andre Turner scored two first-half touchdowns, Austin Coleman scored on a 63-yard touchdown pass from starting quarterback Josh Miller, and the Saint Francis defense didn't allow a score until Siena Heights scored on a 2-yard reverse play with 54 seconds remaining.

Miller, who has been hampered with a high ankle sprain suffered Sept. 26 in a victory over against then-No. 1-ranked Saint Xavier, played the first half only. He completed 9 of 13 passes for 159 yards, and also ran seven times for 55 yards.

Back-up David Yoder played much of the second half and completed 8 of 14 passes for 114 yards and a touchdown, and Wesley Hunsucker played the final Saint Francis series. He did not make a pass attempt, and was sacked once.

Saint Francis will play its final regular season home game Saturday against Taylor.

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