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Marist Football Wins Home Opener

Report Provided by Marist Sports Department

POUGHKEEPSIE, New York – The Marist football team bounced back from a two-touchdown deficit, and earned a 38-17 victory against Pioneer Football League rival Stetson at Tenney Stadium on Saturday.

Stetson led 14-0 late in the second quarter, but Marist finished the game on a 38-3 run and won its home opener in front of a crowd of 2,297.

Key Plays

  • Marist had a total of 134 yards in the first quarter, but was stopped twice inside the Stetson 10 twice on fourth down.
  • Red-shirt junior quarterback Mike White fumbled on Marist’s own 20-yard line and Stetson’s Eric Martin returned it for a touchdown, giving Stetson a 14-0 lead with 1:10 to play in the first half. White would shake off the fumble and led his Red Foxes’ down the field for an 80-yard touchdown drive on seven plays in 53 seconds. White rushed for 11 yards and threw for 69 on the drive. He connected with red-shirt sophomore wide receiver Isaiah Watson four a two-yard touchdown with eight seconds to play in the half.
  • On Stetson’s second drive of the second half, red-shirt sophomore cornerback Drew Daniel intercepted a pass. On the ensuing drive, red-shirt junior kicker Joe Giglio‘s 37-yard field goal cut Marist’s deficit to four.
  • On Stetson’s next drive, sophomore linebacker Maliek Carr recorded a strip-sack. Fifth-year senior linebacker Ruben Avalos III returned the fumble 20 yards for a touchdown to give Marist its first lead at 17-14.
  • With 12:02 left in the fourth quarter, White eluded pressure and ran for a 17-yard touchdown, which made the score 24-17 in favor of the Red Foxes. This score gave Marist the lead for good.
  • Sophomore running back Areg Nazarian finished an 11-play, 74-yard drive with a five-yard touchdown run, giving Marist the lead 31-17 with 6:56 to play in the fourth quarter.
  • Daniel’s second interception of the game set Marist up deep in Stetson territory. White ran for his second touchdown on the afternoon, a 12-yard run to close out the scoring with 1:58 left.

Key Stats

  • Junior wide receiver Juston Christian had 11 catches for 143 yards.
  • White finished 32-for-47 passing for 337 yards and a touchdown. He added 58 yards on the ground and two touchdowns. He led all Marist players in throwing yards and rushing yards.
  • Red-shirt sophomore defensive end Eric Taylor, red-shirt junior safety Wesley Beans, and Carr all had 8 tackles on the afternoon. Including the strip-sack, Carr had two-and-a-half tackles for loss.
  • Marist held a 448-255 advantage in total yards.


  • Avalos was the first Marist defensive player to return a fumble for a touchdown since 2014, when Demetrius Williams scored against San Diego.
  • Avalos, Nazarian, and Watson each scored their first career touchdowns.
  • White surpassed 300 passing yards for the seventh time in his Marist career.
  • Christian tied his career high in receptions, and had his eighth career 100-yard receiving game.

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