By Ryder Lemmerman
POUGHKEEPSIE – The Marist football team earned a 34-24 home victory over Stetson at Tenney Stadium as part of Family Weekend on Saturday.
Amin Woods opened the scoring with a 67-yard touchdown run on Marist’s first play from scrimmage.
Stetson tied the game 7-7 on a 12-yard rushing touchdown by Devon Brewer.
The Red Foxes capped off an 80-yard drive in the second quarter on a Max Jackson three-yard rushing touchdown, which gave the Red Foxes a 14-7 lead at the 7:19 mark.
Stetson answered with a 16-yard touchdown reception by Matt O’Connor.
The Red Foxes continued the scoring on a nine-yard touchdown pass from Brock Bagozzi to Jackson Willette with 33 seconds remaining in the second quarter. This put Marist back in the lead at 21-14.
On the final play of the first half, Stetson tied the game at 21 on a 27-yard touchdown pass from Matt O’Connor to Gabe Atkin.
On the third play of the second half, a 68-yard touchdown pass from Brock Bagozzi to Matt Stianche gave Marist a 28-21 lead, and put the Red Foxes in front for good.
Stetson’s Daniel Holbrook’s 34-yard field goal cut Marist’s lead to 28-24 at the 11:12 mark of the third quarter.
Chase Gardi’s 30-yard field goal gave Marist a 31-24 lead with 4:28 left in the third.
With 9:10 left in the fourth, Kyle Coffinder forced a fumble that Camron Ball recovered. The Red Foxes’ ensuing drive culminated in a 20-yard field goal by Gardi, which accounted for the game’s final points.
Isaiah Smith’s interception with 4:18 to play helped seal the win for the Red Foxes.