Samson Evans carries Eastern Michigan past St. Francis

Associated Press

Ypsilanti — Samson Evans scored three, short rushing first-half touchdowns and Eastern Michigan beat FCS-member St. Francis (Pa.) 35-15 on Friday night in the season opener for both teams.

Evans, who finished the game with 11 yards rushing, scored a pair of 1-yard runs in the first quarter for a 14-0 lead before Jawon Hamilton ploughed in from 2-yards out for a three-score lead in the second.

Eastern Michigan coach Chris Creighton.

The Red Flash got on the board when Marques DeShields carried it in from 2 yards out and Samson closed the half with a 4-yard scoring run.

Darius Boone’s 4-yard touchdown run with 8:24 left in the third made it 35-7. Boone ran for 107 yards on 22 carries.

Kahtero Summers caught five passes for 115 yards for St. Francis.