ATHOL SPRINGS, N.Y.-St. Joe’s used a strong second half to beat St. Francis Friday night at St. Francis, 27-20..
St. Joe’s lead by one, 7-6 at halftime but scored on three straight second half possessions to put the game away.
Versatile Nigel Davis was once again tremendous on both sides of the ball for St. Joe’s. St. Francis held him in check in the first half as he was held to 6 yards on 7 carries. The Marauders had just 50 yards of offense in the first half. It was a different story in the second half. Davis finished the game with 132 yards on 11 carries including a 72 yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter.
After that sluggish start head coach Dennis Gilbert switched to the Wildcat offense and Davis replaced another versatile player, senior Tyler Hill at quarterback. Hill started at qb because Mike McCarthy is injured. Davis was 2 for 2 for 44 yards and a touchdown passing. Hill caught a 23 yard touchdown pass from Davis.
Davis was tough on defense too. He had 7 tackles, two for a loss and a fumble recovery. Rod Payne had 12 tackles including two for a loss. St. Joe’s held Brendon Misterman to 55 yards on 22 carries.
St. Francis quarterback Gerald Hickson threw for 201 yards and three touchdowns. Kordell Holness-Lightbody caught two TD passes, one for 25 yards and another for 28 yards.
St. Joe’s finished the game with 282 yards of offense. They ran for 180 yards in the second half.
St. Joe’s is 4-1, and 1-0 in league play. Next week they travel to Erie, Pennsylvania to take on powerhouse Cathedral Prep.