College Kickoff: Tigers set to extinguish Flash
In the final tune-up for their game against Louisiana State, the Tigers will host the St. Francis Red Flash in Towson’s 44th Homecoming game.
This will be the second time this season that the Red Flash will face a member of the Colonial Athletic Association.
In their first game of the season, the James Madison Dukes trampled St. Francis 55-7.
Aside from that game, which saw St. Francis only accumulate 165 total yards of offense, the Red Flash are averaging over 400 total yards in their other two games against Bryant and Morehead State.
So will this game be a good final preparation for the Tigers?
Anybody who follows Towson football closely will be quick to say that St. Francis is to us what we are to LSU.
We should blow them out of the water, just like JMU did.
Defensively, the secondary should not be tested much.
St. Francis quarterback John Kelly has only thrown the ball 43 times this season.
That averages out to just over 14 passes per game.
With senior safety Jordan Dangerfield lurking in the secondary, do not expect that number to increase.
The run defense will see a lot of work, as St. Francis has 979 rushing yards in three games.
Even in its blowout loss at JMU, the team still managed to accumulate 110 yards on the ground.
With that being said, at least part of the defense, specifically the front seven, should have a good final tune-up for LSU.
Offensively, senior quarterback Grant Enders and the rest of the passing attack should have its way against the Red Flash, who rank second-to-last in the NEC in pass defense, allowing 239 yards per game.
This should allow Enders and company to continue to find a groove before facing a national championship caliber defense.
St. Francis does not get much better when it comes to stopping the run. They allow 204.7 yards a game on the ground.
I think it’s safe to say sophomore running back Terrence West will play as we’ve all come to expect him to play: great.
With all that being said, is this week’s Homecoming game a good final tune-up game before Towson travels to Baton Rouge? That will have to wait to be seen.
However I will say this: I expect Towson to completely turn off the flash.