RMU puts on a show in front of sellout crowd

Photo by Bill Paterson

By Justin Criado, Staff Writer

The Robert Morris Colonials didn’t disappoint the 4,384 ruckus fans at Joe Walton Stadium Saturday night as they defeated the Saint Francis Red Flash 45-14.

RMU scored on five of their first seven possessions and took a 35-0 halftime lead before the real fireworks began after the game.

Quarterback Jeff Sinclair found tight end Shadrae King from 24 yards out to open the scoring at 2:10 in the first quarter. After Sinclair scampered for a 64-yard touchdown, he found King again from 16 yards out and the rout was on.

Before the half ended, Sinclair counted for two more Colonial scores, a 25-yard pass to fullback Jamar Cromwell and a 22-yard rushing touchdown.

Sinclair finished 10-for-15 with 155 yards, three scores and one pick while he lead the team in rushing with 110 yards and two touchdowns. King had four catches for 66 yards to go along with his two touchdowns.

The defense held the Red Flash to 227 total yards and forced four turnovers, two interceptions, forced three fumbles and recovered two. SFU didn’t score until 4:17 of the third quarter when most of the first team defense was removed.

“We played well this week. Last week we got going and improved for this week,” cornerback Alex Tarr said.

Tarr along with linebacker Kyle Cooper had the two Colonial interceptions which kept SFU off the board. Safety Eric Lowry led all Colonials in tackles with seven as Steve Mitchell and Chris Setticase each registered a sack.

Since Albany defeated Duquesne 38-10 they along with RMU are the only two undefeated teams within Northeast Conference play and are currently tied atop the standings with a 2-0 conference record. RMU defeated Albany last year 38-0 en route to the NEC title.

“Next week is going to be a big game. We’ll work hard in practice and we’ll be ready,” Tarr added.