Wildcats take down St Francis in Round 1 of FCS Playoffs
- Updated: November 26, 2016
Villanova PA: As the month of November comes to end, The Playoffs begin in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), known as Division I-AA and that is what took place on Saturday afternoon as the Villanova Wildcats took on Saint Francis Red Flash in Round 1 of the FCS Playoffs from Villanova Stadium on the campus of Villanova University. Villanova enters the playoff game with a 8-3 record and off a win over Delaware while St Francis comes into playoff game against Villanova with 7-3 record and off a loss to Wagner.
St Francis won toss & deferred to 2nd half, Villanova got ball to start the game and they would open the scoring with a 23 yard field goal for early 3-0 lead, then the Wildcats would add to their lead on 3 yard touchdown run by RB Aaron Forbes for 10-0 lead in 1st QTR. St Francis would answer the Wildcats scoring drives with 1 big play as QB Zach Drayer finds WR Kamron Lewis from 74 yards to get on the board down 10-7. Wildcats would strike back fast as TE Ryan Bell would rumble 59 yards to make it 17-7 at end of 1st. The Wildcats would add to the lead when QB Zach Bednarczky finds Jarrett McClenton for 53 yards touchdown to make it 24-7, then TE Ryan Bell would score his 2nd touchdown of game to make it 31-7, that would be he 3rd 2 touchdown of the season. Villanova would take a 31-7 lead into halftime.
St Francis got ball to start the 2nd half, both teams defense would make some big plays. Early in the 4th quarter, St Francis would pick off Villanova QB and return it 78 yards for touchdown, went for 2 point conversion, got stopped as the Wildcats lead 31-13. St Francis would add a late touchdown by QB Zack Drayer from 1 yard out which would make it 31-21. A crowd of 2,059 saw the Wildcats take down St Francis by the score of 31-21 to advance on in the FCS Playoffs. The Wildcats will now play South Dakota State, With the loss, Saint Francis ends their season with a 7-4 record.
QB Zach Bednarczyk: 18-27 for 254 yards, 3 Pass TD, 1 INT, 8 rush attempts for 55 yards
RB Matt Gudzak: 14 rush attempts for 63 yards
TE Ryan Bell: 5 catches for 110 yards, 2 TD
Saint Francis Red Flash:
QB Zack Drayer: 14-25 for 237 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT, 10 rush attempts for 9 yards & 1 TD
RB Marcus Bagley: 8 rush attempts for 26 yards
WR Kamron Lewis: 6 catches for 129 yards, 1 TD
Villanova Coach Andy Talley:
Saint Francis Coach Chris Villarrial: