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LB Lewis Sets Mark in Red Flash Setback
LORETTO — The St. Francis football season may not have ended the way that it had hoped in August, but the final game Saturday at DeGol Field showcased a local player who wrote his name into the school and conference record books.
Scott Lewis, a former Bishop McCort High School standout athlete who is a sophomore for the Red Flash, finished the Bryant game with 12 tackles, giving him 142 tackles for the season. That breaks a St. Francis school record of 138 that was held by two players, and it also gives him the highest number of tackles in a season in Northeast Conference history.
While Lewis realized that the St. Francis record was within reach as he entered the game with 130 tackles, he was unaware that he was close to the NEC mark.
“I knew about the (St. Francis record), but I did not know about the conference record until after the game,” Lewis said. “It is a tremendous honor with all of the great players who have played in the Northeast Conference.”
The previous NEC record was 140 tackles in a season.
The Red Flash lost to Bryant, 23-0, to end their season with a 0-11 record. However, the trio of sophomore linebackers had a tremendous game. Matthew Parker led both teams in tackles with 19, and Ryan Shepard and Lewis each recorded 12.
“Scotty is just a great football player. He is a good student athlete and does everything that you ask him to do,” St. Francis coach Dave Opfar said. “What an accomplishment for him. He played most of the season with a cast on his wrist after breaking it the first game of the year. It is just awesome.”
Despite the individual honor, Lewis gave credit to his teammates.
“I am proud of this, but I could not have done it without the rest of my teammates,” said Lewis, who was named the NEC Defensive Rookie of the Year after his freshman season. “The linebackers around me, the defensive line, they all helped me and I want to thank them. This award is theirs, as much as it is mine.”
While disappointed with a season in which the team struggled with the injuries, Opfar said that he and his staff would like to take advantage of the accomplishment of Lewis.
“We have to use him, we have to use his notoriety and get out there and show people that you can do it here, that it’s okay to be a good football player at “St. Francis,” Opfar said. “With him having that kind of success, it is great for everyone.”
In the season finale, the Red Flash offense struggled against Bryant, which finished its season 7-4. The Bulldogs recorded a 382-58 advantage in total offense.
Lewis sets mark in Red Flash setback
By Hugh Conrad, The Johnstown Tribune-Democrat (PA)