It will be another battle of the Cougars next weekend at Deaton Field
It will be another battle of the Cougars next weekend at Deaton Field
Football - Sat, Nov. 20, 2010

Kansas City, Mo. - Just a couple of hours after defeating No. 20 ranked University of the Cumberlands (Ky.), 66-19, in first-round action, No. 3 Saint Xavier University learned it will face a familiar foe in the quarterfinals of the 2010 NAIA Championship Series next Saturday. The Cougars will host the No. 10 ranked and Mid-States Football Association (MSFA) Mideast League rival University of Saint Francis (Ind.) on Saturday, November 27, at 1 p.m. at Bruce R. Deaton Memorial Field in Chicago. The two teams squared off just two weeks ago (Nov. 6) in Chicago for the regular season finale with SXU pulling out the 30-6 victory to clinch its second straight MSFA Mideast League title.

"After watching the results of the other first round games today, our coaching staff had a pretty good feeling that we would be seeing either Saint Francis or Marian next weekend," said Saint Xavier University football coach Mike Feminis. "Even though we got a win against them a couple weeks ago, you can throw all of that out the window. Coach (Kevin) Donley will have his guys ready to play next week and we will have to come out focused and driven again, if we want to get back to the semifinals."

University of Saint Francis has a 10-1 overall record this season and is coming off a thrilling 46-38 road upset over No. 5 Lindenwood University (Mo.), the 2009 NAIA Football Championship Series runner-up. The Cougars are solid on both sides of the ball averaging 468.4 yards of total offense a game (No. 8 in the NAIA) and allowing its opponents just 16.1 points per game (No. 9 nationally).

Saint Xavier brings a perfect 12-0 overall record into next Saturday's quarterfinals game and is coming off its highest single-game point total of the 2010 season (66). The Cougars came into the postseason ranked No. 1 in the NAIA in total passing yardage (3,702) and total scoring offense (557) and No. 2 in scoring offense per game (50.6). Defensively, Saint Xavier has been impressive as well with the team ranked No. 7 nationally in scoring defense per game (15.8 points a game) and No. 7 in total sacks (31).