Canisius coach Brandon Harris was asked if his team was successful getting in the way of what has been a very powerful rushing attack for Aquinas this season.
"He [Casey Vogl] broke off a run there [a 50-yard touchdown run], but when they came out in the second half and they're four-wide [with four wide recievers] and they want to throw the ball, you know they got out of what they want to do," he said.
Harris was referring to Vogl's 50-yard go-ahead touchdown run in the third quarter, but that was his only score in a 14-7 loss to Aquinas in which Canisius failed to convert several drives into Aquinas territory.
Harris lauded his defense, notably linemen John Urschel, Andrew Zdrojewski, Rick Fickhesen and Jimmy Gaines.
"Our corners did a great job too … we played a matchup man defense to allow us to do what we wanted to do," said Harris. "Bernard Williams, Mike Browne and Derek Brim really clamped people down in the secondary and allowed us to play seven or eight in the box. They did a great job in pass coverage."
This wasn't the first time this season that a Monsignor Martin team felt it failed to follow through on its opportunities against Aquinas. St. Francis committed several unforced errors when it hosted Aquinas in Week Two; the Red Raiders fell, 35-20, in a game it trailed by two (22-20) in the fourth quarter.
Which brings us to one of the most anticipated games of the season. Canisius and St. Francis meet Saturday at 2 p.m. at Canisius' Robert J. Stransky Memorial Athletic Complex on Clinton Street in West Seneca.
Last year, St. Francis beat Canisius twice, 48-0 in the regular season and 21-0 in the championship game at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
"Jerry [Smith, the St. Francis coach] does a good job over there, it's a great program," said Harris. "They're going to be coming off a bye, and they'll be ready to go. We're not a secret, we're not going to sneak up on anyone. We're just going to have to play our best football game. We have to match what we did today, and play well, and I think we'll be alright."