As it turned out, Malone picked a lousy time to visit Saint Francis.
The Cougars put a definitive end to their two-game losing streak at Bishop D’Arcy Stadium with a 47-10 blowout over Malone on Saturday.
Saint Francis (5-2) used big plays on offense and defense to run away from the Pioneers (3-5).
The Cougars rolled to a 40-3 halftime lead, scoring twice defensively on Erick Humphrey’s 21-yard interception return and Koree Torrell’s 20-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown.
The offense was a blend of three touchdown passes from senior quarterback Justin Boser, including a 56-yard completion to junior Austin Coleman. Coleman had missed last two games with an injury, and played sparingly Saturday.
And redshirt freshman running back Antoin Campbell ran for 181 yards, including a 78-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.
Saint Francis, ranked No. 12 in the NAIA poll, entered the game having lost its last two home games. Last week it lost to No 2-ranked Marian, and three weeks ago lost to No. 1-ranked Saint Xavier.
The Cougars will play at Quincy (Ill.) next Saturday.
For more on this game see Sunday's Journal Gazette or go to www.journalgazette.net after 3 a.m.