Homecoming celebrations energize student bodies – and sometimes, football teams.

St. Francis will celebrate homecoming today, and the Red Flash could use a resurgence in adrenaline to provide them with their first win of the season.

Wagner College (2-4, 0-2 NEC) visits DeGol Field to face the Red Flash (0-6, 0-3) in a Northeast Conference battle.

“The homecoming game will be a emotional lift, but it is not that these kids are not excited,” St. Francis coach Dave Opfar said. “They are excited, and (the record) is not because of a lack of effort. The kids are working hard, and many of them are young kids getting their first chance (because of injuries). So, we had a spirited week of practice.”

The spread offense has been put in place for the Red Flash to go to the air because of some key injuries. Junior quarterback George Little has a 112 efficiency rating as he has completed 112 of 203 passes (55 percent) for 1,305 yards and six touchdowns. He has also thrown seven interceptions.

Omar Winston has emerged as the leading receiver for the Flash after the loss of Antoine Rivera for the season. Winston has 35 catches for 370 yards and a touchdown.

The Seahawks are first in the conference in pass defense and total defense, so St. Francis is facing a difficult task.

Opfar said that his offense may try some new packages out of the spread formation.

“We are looking to do some different things. We have experimented with using some packages that will get (redshirt freshman quarterback) Colton Sipe onto the field,” Opfar said. “We may be able to run some different things like the option. These may not be much, but it will change things up for us.”

The loss of running back Dan Conley has led Opfar to run the ball less, with St. Francis recording just 407 net yards on the ground. Junior Calvin Williams leads the Flash rushing attack with 262 yards on 83 carries, scoring three touchdowns.

Sophomore linebackers Scott Lewis (65) and Matthew Parker (63) continue to lead the Red Flash defense. Lewis has 10 sacks and Russel Fisher has seven to lead the team in that category.

Wagner’s offense is directed by senior quarterback Matt Abbey who has thrown for 3,592 yards in his career.

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