POUGHKEEPSIE – The Marist football suffered a 26-10 loss to Bucknell in the season opener for both teams on Saturday night at Tenney Stadium. The game was played before 3,363 fans.
The Red Foxes committed six, with four interceptions and two lost fumbles, as compared to just one for the Bison. Two of Marist’s turnovers occurred inside the Bucknell five-yard line.
Junior quarterback Mike White completed 20 of 36 passes for 251 yards and four interceptions, and ran for the Red Foxes’ only touchdown. Senior running back Marcellus Calhoun led Marist with 60 rushing yards on 17 carries, and sophomore wide receiver Juston Christian had team highs with seven receptions and 89 receiving yards.
Marist scored on its first drive, as a 33-yard completion from White to Christian brought the Red Foxes into Bucknell territory, and a nine-yard run by White got Marist into the red zone. The drive stalled there, and senior kicker Mike Maccarone hit a 37-yard field goal just 2:07 into the game.
After the teams exchanged punts on their next series, a 32-yard touchdown run by Joey DeFloria gave Bucknell the lead with 8:02 left in the first quarter.
The Red Foxes scored a touchdown on a five-yard run by White, which immediately followed his 15-yard run, with 40 seconds left in the third quarter.
Marist returns to action by hosting Georgetown on Saturday, Sept. 10. Fireworks will follow the game.