By Demi Herasme & Mike Ferraro
POUGHKEEPSIE – The Marist football team fell short to Butler, 28-21, in its season finale at Tenney Stadium on Saturday.
The Red Foxes opened the scoring with a four-yard touchdown pass from Austin Day to Wyatt McMahon with 3:32 left. Marist led 7-0 at the end of the first.
Butler had a quick response early in the quarter, as Joey Suchy rushed it up the middle to it at 7-7. Marist’s Austin Day scored on a 14-yard run with 7:21 left in the quarter to put Marist back on top, 14-7. However, Butler quarterback Bret Bushka tied the score with a rushing touchdown with 2:08 left in the first half, and the score was tied 14-14 at halftime.
With 12:21 left in the quarter, Day found Scott Scherzer for a 42-yard completion to the Butler 1. However, the Bulldogs recovered a fumble on the next play, and started a drive the lasted the remainder of the quarter.
Suchy’s second rushing touchdown with 13:31 to play punctuated a 23-play, 99-yard drive that took 12:58. The Bulldogs took a 28-14 lead when Trey Mason intercepted a pass and returned it 12 yards for a touchdown with 5:22 left. With three seconds left, Day’s long pass up the right sideline found Brett Landis with three seconds left. However, the Red Foxes were unable to recover the ensuing onside kick.