Even with a new quarterback behind center, Saint Francis picked up right where they left off in Daytona when they won the NAIA National Title in December.
The #1 Cougars clawed out a 42-9 win over Robert Morris at home to start their season off 1-0.
"I think today just showed that football’s a team sport," said senior running back Justin Green. "It’s not all about just one person and I think today we proved that."
Along with putting up 42 points, the Saint Francis offense tallied up 388 total yards of offense (208 passing, 180 rushing) against the Eagles.
Taking over for the reigning National Player of the Year, Nick Ferrer, first year starter Matt Crable began his career 189 passing yards (16/23) and three total touchdowns (2 passing, 1 rushing). Crable also threw an interception in the 3rd quarter, when the Cougars already had a comfortable 35-3 lead.
In addition to an 84 yard kick-off return to start the second half, Justin Green, who was named the MVP of last year’s NAIA National Championship Game, rushed for 115 yards and two touchdowns.
Saint Francis will be off next week before they face St. Francis-Illinois on September 8th.