WASHINGTON, DC – The Marist football team defeated Georgetown of the Patriot League by a score of 14-12 on Saturday at Cooper Field. It marked the second time in program history the Red Foxes have won a road game against a Patriot League team.
The Red Foxes scored a touchdown in each of the first two quarters, and held off a late Hoyas’ charge, as Georgetown scored a touchdown apiece in the third and fourth quarters.
On their first drive, the Red Foxes drove deep into Georgetown territory, but were stopped on four straight plays inside the Georgetown five. On its next drive, Marist drove 40 yards in eight plays for the first score of the game, a five-yard touchdown pass from red-shirt junior quarterback Mike White to freshman wide receiver David Shannon III. With 47 seconds left in the first quarter, red-shirt sophomore cornerback Drew Daniel intercepted a pass and returned it to the Georgetown 20. Five plays later, red-shirt senior running back Marcellus Calhoun scored on a six-yard run, and Marist went up 14-0.
With 7:48 to play in the third quarter, Georgetown got on the board on a two-yard touchdown run by Christian Bermudez. However, the PAT was blocked by red-shirt junior defensive end Eric Taylor.
With 4:48 to play in the fourth quarter, Tim Barnes connected with Michael Dereus on a 44-yard touchdown to bring the Hoyas within two. However, the two-point conversion failed.
Marist got two first downs on its ensuing drive, and forced Georgetown to use all three of its timeouts. The Hoyas got the ball back at their own 26 with 1:06 to play. On the final play of regulation, Dereus took a lateral and ran down the left sideline until he was tackled by Marist red-shirt junior free safety Wesley Beans to end the game.
Marist is now 2-1 overall, while Georgetown is 1-1. It marks the first time since the 2005 season that the Red Foxes are above .500 after three games.
The Red Foxes will return home and to Pioneer Football League play on Saturday, Sept. 23, when they host Jacksonville on Family Weekend. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m., and fireworks will follow the game.