LORETTO, Pa. (Sept. 10, 2012) – Khairi Dickson
(Cleveland, Ohio/Cleveland Central Catholic), Bishop Neal
(Clairton, Pa./Clairton) and Grant Price
(Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll) of the Saint Francis University football team picked up Northeast Conference weekly honors, Monday.
Dickson, who was also honored by the College Football Performance awards Monday, rushed for 148 yards in just the second game of his college career Saturday. With veteran running back Kyle Harbridge
(Easton, Pa./Easton Area) sidelined, SFU still managed to compile over 300 yards of rushing offense in its NEC victory over Bryant thanks to Dickson and quarterback John Kelly
(Frederick, Md./Tuscarora). The native of Cleveland, Ohio saw his 148 yards and one touchdown come on just 21 carries as the Red Flash triumphant in their home opener. Dickson, who also made two receptions for 22 yards, totaled 170 yards from scrimmage in the 39-28 win over Bryant. Dickson gave Saint Francis the lead for good late in the third quarter when he plunged into the end zone from two yards out. The score came three plays after Dickson carried the Flash into the red zone with a 29-yard jaunt.
Neal and the Red Flash defense put together an excellent showing against the Bryant offense in their season opener holding them to just 21 points. The sophomore linebacker recorded an interception, a pass break-up, and a team-high 13 tackles, including a tackle for a loss that gave Saint Francis its first lead of the contest via a safety. Neal recorded the first points of his college career in the second quarter with Bryant backed up in its own end. On a 3rd-and-22 screen pass play, Neal dropped All-American running back Jordan Brown in the end zone for a safety that gave Saint Francis a 15-14 advantage. Helping limit the Bulldogs to 272 yards of total offense, the Clairton, Pa. product helped Saint Francis pick up its fourth consecutive home opening win.
Price's punting allowed Saint Francis to win the field position battle in its NEC opener against Bryant. The sophomore placed four of his five punts inside of the opponent's 20-yard line in the 39-28 victory. Price's five punts went for a 41.8 yards per kick average. With SFU protecting a 25-21 lead late in the third quarter, Price booted a ball that was downed at Bryant's 2-yard line. Hampered by the field position, the Bulldogs went three-and-out and watched the Flash take advantage of a short field by extending the lead to 32-21 on the ensuing possession.
The Red Flash return to action this week as they travel to Morehead, Ky. for a non-conference showdown with the Eagles of Morehead State.