St. Francis relied on its kicking game to keep within striking distance early.
But the experience of host Buffalo eventually won out, wearing down the young Fighting Saints in a 38-13 win on Friday.
It will be a season of gaining experience and learning to stick around for four quarters for a St. Francis team employing a roster filled with youth.
“We are a young team this season, with only a handful of seniors making a significant impact on Friday nights,” St. Francis head coach Brent Swaggert said. “The first two games we have shown our youthfulness at times and hope to improve through experience during the course of the season. We are currently playing seven to nine sophomores on the varsity level and hope these young guys can get caught up to speed in the next few weeks.”
St. Francis has excelled in special teams, using a pair of deep field goals to keep within 13-6 at halftime against Buffalo.
“We are still looking for our identity offensively and defensively, but our kicking game has been impressive,” Swaggert said. “Our sophomore punter/kicker Hunter Dustman has averaged over 40 yards per punt, with several inside the 20, and kicked two first half field goals of 48 and 52 yards.”
Next up for St. Francis (0-2) is a home game Sept. 15 against Monticello (0-2).