Football Team Hunts Second NEC Title Saturday at Merrimack


It’s a battle of unbeatens in the Northeast Conference with the 2022 league title at stake when the football team visits Merrimack on Saturday.

SFU (8-2, 6-0 NEC) and Merrimack (8-2, 6-0 NEC) will kick off at noon and the game will be streamed on ESPN3.

SFU extended its winning streak to eight straight games on Nov. 12, dismantling Duquesne, 51-14, on Senior Day at DeGol Field. The winning streak is the longest for the program in a half a century and the eight wins matches the total of the 1992 squad, which posted an 8-2-1 mark. The last time a Saint Francis team won nine games in a season was 110 years ago, in 1912, when head coach Joe Savage’s team went 10-3.

The numbers for the Flash during the win streak are eye-popping: SFU has averaged 39.5 points per game during the run, while allowing opponents just 14.8 ppg.

Sophomore quarterback Cole Doyle (left) has thrown for 16 touchdowns and just three interceptions. He tossed four TDs in one half of playing time last week against Duquesne, earning NEC Offensive Player-of-the-Week honors following his performance.

On the defensive side of the ball, the program has been just as effective. SFU ranks 11th in all of FCS (130 schools), allowing opponents an average of 18.3 ppg.

Sophomore Donnell Brown has been dominating on the defensive unit all season long. He enters the game at Merrimack with 43 total tackles, 11-and-a-half tackles for loss and four-and-a-half sacks. The defensive lineman has recovered two fumbles and forced another.

The Flash have already clinched the NEC’s automatic bid to the FCS Playoffs because Merrimack is ineligible to compete in the 2022 NCAA postseason as it transitions from Division II to Division I.