Colonials’ dismal season finally ends
LORETTO – Robert Morris College’s worst season under its only football coach came to a miserable end Saturday.
Junior Michael Hall rushed for 150 yards on 34 carries, including a 2-yard touchdown in overtime, as St. Francis (Pa.) edged the Colonials 14-7 for its first Northeast Conference victory since 1999.
St. Francis (2-8, 1-6) won two of its last three games, and its first-ever against Robert Morris in nine games. The Red Flash beat LaSalle 23-16 two weeks ago to end a 30-game losing streak. Yesterday they ended a 26-game conference losing streak, winning only their second NEC game since the league’s inception in 1996.
Robert Morris (3-7, 2-5) has had just two losing seasons under coach Joe Walton since the Colonials started playing football nine seasons ago. The other was a 4-6 mark in 1998.
St. Francis tied Robert Morris 14-14 in 1994, but had lost every other game since and had been outscored by the Colonials 273-52 all-time.
But it was the St. Francis defense that dominated in muddy conditions at the Pine Bowl yesterday. Robert Morris rushed for just 54 yards on 39 carries, including Devin Wilson’s 50 yards on 19 carries.
St. Francis sacked Robert Morris quarterback Andrew Geyer six times for minus-54 yards, and forced two interceptions. Geyer threw for 107 yards, completing 10 of 22 passes.
St. Francis took a 7-0 lead as Robert Miller-Mitchell returned a fumble 22 yards with 5:12 left in the first quarter. Robert Morris tied the game on Geyer’s 3-yard run, which capped a seven-play, 75-yard drive with 8:56 left in the game.
Robert Morris got one possession in overtime after Hall’s go-ahead touchdown, but couldn’t convert.
After Geyer threw an incomplete pass, Robb Butler was tackled for 7-yard loss by Daunte Neal of St. Francis, who also had three sacks.
Geyer’s next pass was incomplete and he was sacked for an 8-yard loss by Neal and Michael Craig to end the game.