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Published: Friday, 8/30/2013

Carswell's 179 rushing yards pace St. Francis in 21-18 win over Cougars


St. Francis de Sales ground out a win over Southview in a season opener tonight at the Glass Bowl.

The Knights rushed for more yards than the Cougars totaled overall to take a 21-18 victory. St. Francis rushed for 289 yards led by Lamar Carswell's 179 on the ground.

Southview pulled within three points with 5:18 left. But the Knights were able to pick up two first downs to run out the clock.

St. Francis finished with 363 yards of total offense. Southview had 288, including 199 through the air.

Knights quarterback David Nees threw two touchdown passes in the first half as the Knights took a 14-0 lead.

Down 14-7 at the half, Southview took the first possession of the third quarter and ran 8:16 off the clock. The Cougars marched 69 yards but had to settled for a 26-yard field goal from Kurtis Parsons that made it 14-10.

But St. Francis then drove 53 yards to go up 21-10 with 7:56 left in game. All six plays were on the ground, capped by a one-yard leap by Keontae Johnson.

Southview quickly answered with a 76-yard drive on 10 plays. Griffin McDonald connected with J.J. Pinckney on a 19-yard strike. The two-point conversion was good, but St. Francis still led 21-18 with 5:18 left.

But Southview had no timeouts left and Nees picked up a first down on a QB sneak to end it.

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