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Subject: A bit of the St. Francis Article at the Blog

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Date Posted: Friday, September 23, 02:27:26pm

The Duquesne Dukes have played the team from Ft. Francis more often by far than any other team in our football history in a series that began before World War I. According to the College Football data Warehouse, Duquesne won that first game in 1913 by a score of 19-0 and would win all but 6 of the next 37. Duquesne fans seem to have developed a special relationship with the Red Flash (or as we lovingly call them the “Frankies”) almost akin to them being our little brothers. We root for them to win every game they play except, of course, when they play Duquesne.

But like any good little brother, they aren’t supposed to win when they play big brother. If they do, it can be traumatic to our psyche. It throws our vision of our place in the football universe into a tailspin. As recent as last year, I remember being upset with our family member from St. Francis when they pulled out of playing basketball against Duquesne for taking away for sure a D-I opponent win. It forced us to play a game against a D-II opponent to get the “gimme”.

I can remember thinking that when we last played in Loretto under the lights that this would be a W on our schedule.

I was wrong… hurray for the underdog… little brother finally landed one square on the jaw of their domineering big brother by a score of 31-14. The game wasn’t even that close.

After two years of therapy, I’m finally ok with being blown away at St. Francis. I’ve actually aware of a new found respect for our private catholic school brothers just to the east. In fact, I’m even proud of them to a point that the Dukes now must take them seriously and bring their best or the same thing will happen. This is actually better for both teams. I know that some of the coaching staff are nervous, but with a nervousness that forces the anxiety to be well prepared. Hopefully Duquesne fans will make the very enjoyable and scenic, less than 2 hour drive to see a great game.

Good luck brother… bring your best to this family feud and we hope you win all the other games on your schedule but this one!

The St. Francis game will be televised on PCNC, MSG+ (HD), Fox8 Altoona/Johnstown (HD), ROOT Sports Pittsburgh (tape delay Oct. 3 at 6:00 p.m.)

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Date Posted: Saturday, September 24, 10:00:39am

Well said Coffee. That night in the cold rain two years ago still makes me numb. The Dukes, so confident at the beginning of the season were in the middle of a four game losing streak and that one was the worst.

St. Francis returns alot of starters from a year ago including Kyle Harbridge who ran for 345 yrds last week against Morehead St. Their defense lost all of their starting LBs but return all of their linemen.

The Dukes will need to show alot of pride tonight if they want to avoid a repeat of 2009.

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Date Posted: Saturday, September 24, 12:00:44pm

I agree. I'm glad the game is seen as being competative. I hated the string of games vs. Canisius and the rest. I'd rather play a game against a good St. Francis team than a scrimmage. They showed last week how capable they are by coming back vs. Morehaed State. They are dangerous at home under the lights. I'm impressed with all they do with a smaller student population.


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