By Mike Ferraro
DAYTON, OH – The Marist football team won a Pioneer Football League contest at Dayton by a score of 20-17 on Saturday afternoon.
Mekhai Johnson scored two touchdowns and had 183 all-purpose yards for the Red Foxes.
After Dayton got on the board with a field goal on the game’s opening drive, Luke Paladino’s 44-yard field goal tied the score at three apiece at the 6:37 mark of the first quarter.
Mekhai Johnson’s 33-yard rushing touchdown gave Marist its first lead at the 11:06 mark of the second period.
After Dayton tied the score at 10, Johnson returned the ensuing kickoff 91 yards for a touchdown.
Paladino’s 29-yard field goal gave Marist a 20-10 lead late in the third quarter.
Jake Chisholm’s one-yard rushing touchdown closed Dayton’s deficit to three with 8:05 remaining.
On Dayton’s final drive, the Flyers reached the Red Foxes’ 43 and had 2nd-and-2. Teddy Wright broke up a pass on second down, and teamed with Aaron Acosta to hold Chisholm to no gain on third down. The Flyers threw an incomplete pass on fourth down.
Wright had a game-high 10 tackles. In addition to his key late-game plays, he also had an interception and a tackle for loss.
Johnson led Marist with 75 yards on the ground in addition to 108 on his two kickoff returns.
Dwayne Menders led Marist in receptions (six) and receiving yards (65).
Chisholm had 128 yards from scrimmage for Dayton (87 rushing, 41 receiving).
Marist is 3-2 overall and 3-0 in the PFL.
Marist returns home to face PFL foe Morehead State on Saturday, Oct. 23.