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INDIANAPOLIS - After jumping out to an early lead, the Marian football team lost 31-24 to No. 1 St. Francis Saturday night at St. Vincent Field. The Knights fall to 2-2 overall and 0-1 in the MSFA. 

Marian's start was electric as the defense forced a quick three-and-out and Charles Salary raced 45 yards to the house on the ensuing drive to give the hosts an early 7-0 lead. After another defensive stop that was highlighted by a Michael Annee and Chad Scaggs sack, Luke Johnston found Johnny William for a 54-yard touchdown pass to double the lead.

St. Francis stopped the bleeding momentarily with a field goal to cut the Marian lead to 11, but the Knights wasted no time responding. Maurice Woodard was able to get to the sideline and broke up the sideline. After rumbling 69 yards, Woodard was brought down at the 16, wihch set up a Cameron Fox 34-yard field goal. The 17-3 lead held through the quarter.

A bit of controversy swung momentum early in the second quarter. Johnston dropped back and threw a pass to the sideline for William. William went up with St. Francis' Blake Schumaker. It appeared the ball was caught simultaneously, but the officials ruled it an interception and St. Francis took over. On the first play of the drive, Nick Ferrer hit Rocky James for a 44-yard completion and then found Dan Ricksy for a four-yard touchdown pass.

Things got worse for the Knights on the kickoff as they fumbled the ball away and the Cougars recovered on the Marian 36. St. Francis once again took advantage of the turnover, scoring the tying touchdown on a five yard pass from Ferrer to Dan Ricksy. It took a few drives, but Marian was able to regain the lead late in the half on another beautiful strike from Johnston to William. This time, the two connected for a 57-yard touchdown to give the Knights a 24-17 lead that held until half.

St. Francis was the first team to get on the board in the second half with a long 93-yard drive that ended with Ferrer's third touchdown pass of the night. The drive took 11 plays and lasted 5:10 and Ferrer hooked up with Sean Boswell for a six-yard TD. After another defensive stop, the Cougars put together a long drive again. Marian was able to hold St. Francis to a field goal try, but JaRon Clark flew in from the left and blocked the kick to keep the score tied.

In the fourth quarter, St. Francis chewed up over seven minutes with a 13 play drive that encompassed 89 yards and resulted in a 10 yard Justin Green touchdown run. The TD put St. Francis in the lead for the first time all night. 

The Knights had one final drive to try and tie the game, but on a fourth down pass, Johnston threw it deep to Brandon Dillon and it fell incomplete to give St. Francis the ball on downs. The Cougars were able to get a first down with 1:28 to play and the Knights were unable to get the ball back. 

St. Francis ran 79 offensive plays for 530 yards, hwile Marian ran 44 for 389 yards. Johnston finished 11-for-22 for 199 yards and two touchdowns. Woodard led the ground game with 119 yards on 11 rushes and Salary added 80 yards on 10 carries. William finished with three catches for 116 yards and two touchdowns. Clark led the way defensively with 11 total tackles, while Austin Ginther added nine and David Diehl had 7.5. 

Marian will host St. Ambrose Oct. 7 at 1:05 p.m. on St. Vincent Field.

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St. Francis (Ind.) (5-0)3147731
Marian (2-2)1770024
Indianapolis, Ind.
St. Francis (Ind.)Indv. LeadersMarian
#17 Justin Green - 138Rushing #5 Maurice Woodard - 119
#13 Nick Ferrer - 403Passing #14 Luke Johnston - 199
#6 Rocky James - 163Receiving #19 Johnny William - 116
St. Francis (Ind.)Team StatisticsMarian
127Rushing Yards 190
403Passing Yards 199
0Turnovers 2
41:06Possesion Time 18:54