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An overtime loss to lowly St. Francis (Pa.) in the finale last season had haunted the Robert Morris football team for nearly a year.

An overtime loss to lowly St. Francis (Pa.) in the finale last season had haunted the Robert Morris football team for nearly a year.

The Colonials did something about it Saturday, overwhelming the Red Flash, 36-6, at Moon Stadium to even their Northeast Conference record.

“This was the first stop of the payback tour,” Robert Morris running back Sam Dorsett said. “Next week is the next stop.”

Robert Morris (3-1, 1-1) will shoot for its third consecutive victory this coming Saturday at home against Stony Brook, another team to defeat the Colonials last season.

“We’re getting better every week. We’re coming together as a team,” said Robert Morris coach Joe Walton, who was honored yesterday when selected fans received a bobblehead doll created in Walton’s likeness.

“It’s been a lot of fun. A lot of people have been calling. I’ve never been involved with anything like it before. I told my wife, ‘I’ve finally made it,'” he said.

Dorsett, a senior who is the all-time leading rusher at Robert Morris, also helped to make the day special for Walton, gaining 165 yards rushing and scoring twice to tie former Robert Morris great Tim Hall for the most career rushing touchdowns at the school with 27.

It was Hall’s previous record for most career yards which Dorsett had broken earlier this season.

Dorsett’s 77-yard touchdown run in the second quarter put Robert Morris ahead 22-0. He added a 32-yarder in the third quarter to give the Colonials a 36-0 lead before St. Francis got its only points in the fourth quarter on a 15-yard scoring pass from freshman Anthony Doria to sophomore Maurice Sales.

St. Francis (0-4, 0-2) is battling injuries and playing with a lineup dominated by underclassmen as coach Dave Opfar attempts to build a respectable program, which has been saddled with a string of losing seasons.

“I want our guys to understand that we’re a very young football team,” Opfar said. “This is not a time to panic. This is what happens when freshmen and sophomores are playing against juniors and seniors.”

Once Robert Morris scored on a 20-yard field goal by Nate DiLorenzo and a 24-yard blocked punt return by Devin Wilson to open the scoring in the first quarter, about the only question remaining was whether the Colonials would be able to post a shutout.

They almost did.

“Our defense has played pretty well the first four weeks,” Walton said. “Before the season began, I felt our secondary would be a concern. But it was a great move switching Robb Butler from wide receiver to strong safety.”

Sophomore Drew Guyer, who won a quarterback battle for the starting job during last week’s practices and following a 31-24 road victory over St. Peter’s, completed 11 of 15 passes for 145 yards and twotouchdowns. His 14-yard scoring strike Dante Settles gave Robert Morris a 16-0 lead in the second quarter. Just before the half, he connected with Tyjuan Massey on a 24-yard score.

St. Francis, which plays at La Salle on Saturday, was led by freshman running back Todd Harris, who gained 61 yards on 11 carries.


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