By Mike Ferraro
POUGHKEEPSIE – The Marist football team earned its second straight win on Saturday with a 37-27 triumph over Butler at Tenney Stadium in a Pioneer Football League contest.
Marist took a 10-0 lead after the first quarter. Ryan Webb returned an interception 37 yards for the game’s first score, and Luke Paladino added a 27-yard field goal.
Butler then grabbed a 14-10 lead thanks to two touchdowns in 1:09 early in the second quarter. Nick Orlando threw a 46-yard touchdown to Stephen Dennis, and Beau Snuggs returned an interception 40 yards for a touchdown.
Marist then answered with 10 straight points. Hunter Cobb broke through for a 48-yard touchdown run, and Paladino added a 28-yard field goal. Marist took a 20-14 lead at halftime.
Butler tied the game with 1:14 left in the third quarter after two field goals by Drew Bevelhimer from 52 and 39 yards out. The score was tied at 20 apiece after 45 minutes.
With 10:44 to play, Cobb’s nine-yard touchdown run gave Marist the lead for good. On the next play from scrimmage, Kyle Fleitman recorded an interception. Marist’s ensuing drive culminated in a 46-yard field goal by Paladino.
Orlando’s three-yard touchdown run cut Butler’s deficit to 30-27 with 3:47 remaining. But Cobb closed out the scoring with a 21-yard touchdown run on Marist’s next drive.