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The Journal Gazette

Monday, June 05, 2017 6:00 pm

Saint Francis ranked preseason No. 1

The Saint Francis football team, the defending NAIA national champions, will open 2017 as the No. 1 team according to Street & Smith’s College Football Yearbook.

The publication named Cougars linebacker Piercen Harnish a preseason All-American.

He is one of 14 returning starters, including six on offense, six on defense and two on special teams, for Saint Francis.

Marian, a rival of Saint Francis in the Mid-States Football Association, is ranked No. 3.

Saint Francis will open practice Aug. 14 and begin its season Sept. 1 at the University of Jamestown in North Dakota. The home opener will be Sept. 9 against St. Francis (Illinois).