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St. Francis' Jerry Hickson sets WNY passing record

Threw for 292 yards in win over Cardinal O'Hara
Posted at 6:07 PM, Oct 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-14 18:41:56-04

With a 12 yard strike to Dylan McDuffie late in the second quarter against Cardinal O'Hara, St. Francis quarterback Jerry Hickson became Western New York's all time passing leader, eclipsing the 6,671 yard mark set by Joe Licata during his high school career at Williamsville South.

Hickson finished the game with 292 yards, pushing his career total to 6,797 yards.

"It's great, it's a big relief," Hickson said after the game.  "It hasn't really sunk in yet.  Joe Licata, he's a real big role model and a real great guy for Western New York Football.  To get my name up there with his in the same category, it's just great."

Licata tweeted out congratulations to the Red Raider senior following their 48-0 win over the Hawks.

"He's a special player. He's worked his tail off ever since he was a little kid in 5th, 6th and 7th grade," St. Francis Head Coach Jerry Smith added.  

"I think this is a real nice way for him to show his talents. He's not a showboater, he's not a boastful guy, he just goes about his business week in and week out.  The receivers change, but he keeps chucking that ball."