SFU’s Dionte Simon starts at RB, scores first TD in loss to Jacks

BURNABY, BC – Freshman running back Dionte Simon caught a seven yard pass for his first touchdown to give Simon Fraser University its only score in a 47-7 loss to nationally ranked Humboldt State University Saturday afternoon in Great Northwest Athletic Conference football action.

Simon’s 7-yard pass from quarterback Miles Richardson capped a nine play drive in which the Clan went 95 yards for its only touchdown. Simon’s touchdown, one of five passes he caught during the game, came late in the fourth quarter and was its first touchdown in two games.

That was one of two touchdowns scored in the second half, one by SFU and the other by Humboldt state. In the first half, it was No. 18 ranked Humboldt State who did all the scoring.

HSU jumped out to a 28-0 first quarter lead, scoring on its first possession and then intercepting Richardson’s first pass and turning it into a touchdown two plays later.

Electrifying HSU running back Ja’Quan Gardner and most of the Jacks first-team offense did not play in the second half, after Humboldt State built a 40-0 lead at intermission. Gardner finished with seven carries for 24 yards and two touchdowns.

In the second half, Simon Fraser and Humboldt State traded scores, with HSU converting a 5-play, 58-yard scoring drive in the third quarter and SFU matching that touchdown late in the fourth.

Quarterback Richardson was 23-of-40 for 238 yards with 2 interceptions. The TD pass to Simon was his ninth TD toss this season. Richardson entered the week ranked fifth in the GNAC with 207.6 passing yards per game and was 22nd in Division II with 20.86 completions per game.

Richardson found Nathanael Durkan for seven catches (86 yards), Simon for five (38 yards) and Rysen John for four catches (37 yards).

The Clan, which entered the week averaging 231 yards of total offense per game and 207.6 passing yards per game, finished with 316-yards of total offence compared to 423 by HSU. SFU picked up 238 yards through the air and 78 along the ground, led by Simon with 11 carries for 37 yards and Richardson with 16 carries for 57 yards.

Simon started his first game at running back in place of Jalen Jana.

Defensively, freshman Brendan Lowry led SFU with nine tackles while Deondre Townsend had 7 tackles.

Chase Krivashei caught seven passes for 103 yards and two touchdowns in the win to lead HSU.

The Clan will play its last home game on Saturday, Nov. 4 on Terry Fox Field against nationally ranked Central Washington. Kick-off is 1 PM.



Source: SFU Clan Athletics

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