High school football: St. Francis uses passing game to defeat Lima Senior


By Tom Usher - sports@limanews.com



Lima Senior’s Cecil Benton Jr. fights for yardage against Toledo St. Francis’ Todd Bumphis, left, and Julian Howard during Friday night’s game at Spartan Stadium.

Lima Senior’s Cecil Benton Jr. fights for yardage against Toledo St. Francis’ Todd Bumphis, left, and Julian Howard during Friday night’s game at Spartan Stadium.


Richard Parrish | The Lima News

Lima Senior’s EJ Cameron scrambles against Toledo St. Francis’ Teddy Walker during Friday night’s game at Spartan Stadium.

Lima Senior’s EJ Cameron scrambles against Toledo St. Francis’ Teddy Walker during Friday night’s game at Spartan Stadium.


Richard Parrish | The Lima News

LIMA — Toledo St. Francis loves to run the football.

But the Knights went to air against Lima Senior.

St. Francis rolled out an air attack in a 38-7 victory Friday night at Spartan Stadium.

The Spartans stand 3-5, 1-4 in the Three Rivers Athletic Conference.

St. Francis is 6-2, 4-1 in the TRAC.

The Knights led 6-0 after the first quarter and pulled out to a 21-7 lead at the half.

St. Francis entered Friday with two runners over 300 yards rushing and another with 230.

But Friday, the Knights were moving on the right arm of quarterback Dayven Kizer.

Kizer is the brother of DeShone Kizer, who played at Toledo Central Catholic and Notre Dame. He’s currently a backup quarterback for the Oakland Raiders.

Kizer completed 12 of 18 for 286 yards and four TDs. He had no interceptions.

“We saw they had man coverage so we wanted to throw it down the field as much as we could,” Kizer said. “And I trust my guys 100 percent.’’

Kizer said he was given one piece of advice by his brother DeShone.

“He told me to have fun,” Kizer. “I had fun tonight.’’

Lima Senior coach Andre Griffin said, “They hit us with some big plays. We had our eyes in their backfield and that’s what happened.’’

Lima Senior quarterback E.J. Cameron was 20 of 37 for 188 yards. He threw one TD, but had four interceptions.

Lima Senior running back Jawan Anderson was bottled up most of the night and finished with 65 yards on 19 carries.

“We wanted to stop their running game,” St. Francis coach Dan Chipka said. “We wanted to make them one-dimensional, then contain (quarterback) E.J. Cameron.’’

Griffin said, “We have to finish better. We have to make the best play, not the great play. And you can’t have those turnovers.’’

St. Francis running back Steven McCoy had 51 yards on 18 carries with a 3-yard TD.

Chipka said he wanted his team to be balanced this year, but have had to run in certain games.

“We’ve had two games with monsoons, so that’s why our statistics are a little skewed that way,’’ he said.

St. Francis scored first on the third time it had the ball.

Kizer hit Todd Bumphis on a fly down the sideline for a 53-yard TD.

That gave the Knights a 6-0 lead with 4:29 left in the first quarter.

The Spartans came back and took a lead in the second quarter.

Lima Senior pounded out an 11-play, 62-yard drive for the score.

On third-and-goal at the St. Francis 11, Lima Senior quarterback Cameron hit a leaping Camren Miles in the left corner of the end zone for a TD.

That gave the Spartans a 7-6 lead with 10:33 left in the second quarter.

The key play on the drive was Cameron hitting Miles for 9 yards on a fourth-and-6 play at the St. Francis 19.

St. Francis went back to its pet running game next behind Steven McCoy.

McCoy carried the final five plays of the drive, including taking it over left guard untouched from the 3 for a TD.

That capped an 11-play, 67-yard TD drive to give St. Francis a 14-7 lead with 5:56 left before halftime.

Then, it was time for more Kizer.

Kizer fired a quick out pass to Dominic Austin, who bounced off two Spartans tacklers, and took off down the sideline for a 53-yard TD.

That gave St. Francis a 21-7 lead with 1:01 left before halftime.

Kizer was just getting warmed up in the first half.

Early in the third quarter he lofted a perfectly thrown ball down the sideline for an 88-yard TD to Jamani Russell, who caught the ball in stride 50 yards down the field.

That gave the Knights a 28-7 lead with 6:34 left in the third.

Kizer then hit Charles Green on a post pattern for a 41-yard TD to push the score to 38-7.

That came with 3:42 left in the third.

Lima Senior’s Cecil Benton Jr. fights for yardage against Toledo St. Francis’ Todd Bumphis, left, and Julian Howard during Friday night’s game at Spartan Stadium.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/10/web1_LSH-vs-St-Francis-RP-005-1.jpgLima Senior’s Cecil Benton Jr. fights for yardage against Toledo St. Francis’ Todd Bumphis, left, and Julian Howard during Friday night’s game at Spartan Stadium. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Lima Senior’s EJ Cameron scrambles against Toledo St. Francis’ Teddy Walker during Friday night’s game at Spartan Stadium.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/10/web1_LSH-vs-St-Francis-RP-003-1.jpgLima Senior’s EJ Cameron scrambles against Toledo St. Francis’ Teddy Walker during Friday night’s game at Spartan Stadium. Richard Parrish | The Lima News

By Tom Usher

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