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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 5:40 pm

Saint Francis announces football schedule


Saint Francis, the back-to-back NAIA football champions, will open its 21st campaign at home at 6 p.m. Aug. 25 against Robert Morris University (Illinois). It is the first of two home night games in 2018.

USF, which finished 14-0 in 2017 including a 24-13 win over then No. 2 Reinhardt University (Georgia) for the title, will play four non-conference games before opening its Mid-States Football Association Mideast League schedule at home against No. 18 Marian University at 6 p.m. Sept. 29.

The rest of the Cougars’ home portion of its schedule includes MSFA games against St. Ambrose (Iowa) on Sept. 15, Siena Heights on Oct. 13 and Missouri Baptist on Oct. 20.

The road schedule starts with the University of St. Francis (Peoria, Ill.) on Sept. 8 followed by No. 6 St. Xavier University on Sept. 22; at No. 15 Concordia on Oct. 6; at Lindenwood-Belleville (IL) on Oct. 27 and at Taylor on Nov. 3.

The Cougars will open spring workouts at 6 a.m. April 10, the first of 10 practice sessions leading up to the annual Black vs. Blue Game at Bishop D’Arcy Stadium at noon April 21.


2018 schedule

Aug. 25: Robert Morris University, D’Arcy Stadium, 6 p.m.

Sept. 8: At St. Francis (Ill.), Peoria, Ill. TBD

Sept. 15: St. Ambrose (Iowa), D’Arcy Stadium, Noon

Sept. 22: At Saint Xavier, Chicago, Ill., TBD

Sept. 29: Marian, D’Arcy Stadium, 6 p.m.

Oct. 6 : At Concordia (Mich.), Ann Arbor, Mich., TBD

Oct. 13: Siena Heights, D’Arcy Stadium, Noon

Oct. 20: Missouri Baptist, D’Arcy Stadium, Noon

Oct. 27: At Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.), Belleville, Ill., TBD

Nov. 3: Taylor, Upland, TBD

Nov. 10 Open