POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – In the penultimate true road meeting of the 2022 season within PFL play, the Presbyterian College football team could never properly finish the offense against Marist within the Empire State on Saturday afternoon, ending in a 37-7 result that favored the. Red Foxes.
The second ever meeting between the two programs after becoming Pioneer Football League opponents, Marist proved to be the more consistent squad despite some positive developments on both sides of the ball for the Blue Hose, gaining a 20-point advantage after two chapters that held. true for the rest of the contest.
Turning the page to their final matchup of the fall to be held in Clinton, Presbyterian and first-year head coach Steve Englehart will await Senior Day inside Bailey Memorial Stadium next weekend against the Dayton Flyers. Kickoff in the ’22 finals on November 5 is scheduled for 1:00 pm on ESPN+.
FINAL SCORE: Mariner, 37 – Presbyterian, 7
RECORDS: Presbyterian (1-8, 0-6 PFL) – Mariner (3-5, 3-3 PFL)
LOCATION: Tenney Stadium (Poughkeepsie, NY)
– On a bright and brisk afternoon adjacent to the Hudson River, the Blue Hose were largely held in check when in possession of the football with the exception of true freshman wide receiver Dominic Kibby, who is continuing an explosive debut campaign. Fresh off a career-high 200-yard output against St. Thomas while combining receiving yards with kickoff coverage, the college rookie once again handled both sides of the coin to tally 149 against the Red Foxes (81 on catches plus 68 on kickoffs).
– Just two tackles off his personal best at Morehead State four weeks ago, another underclassman shined in the setback Saturday, talking up secondary rusher George Wilder during an 11-stop performance. Wilder and fellow defensive back Keegan Halloran combined for 19 tackles (10 of them in a solo format), while sophomore linebacker Alex Herriott recorded nine hits and a near-interception in the early going.
– Despite the team only being able to muster 20 total points in its last three matchups away from home, the PC defensive unit held the Red Foxes to 59 fewer rushing yards than the average allowed through nine appearances, forcing Marist to settle for a field goal. on more than one occasion with a short field behind them.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
– Unfortunately, the offensive problems of the blue and white appeared from an early moment in the attack, receiving the opening kick only to find some bad luck on an unfortunate short pass that led to a Marista pick. Able to then start their first drive inside computer territory at the 37, the home side needed 8 plays to assume a 7-0 lead, set up on a 2-yard scamper. Wideout Brett Landis picked up 31 of his 66 receiving yards in the series on a pair of third-down conversions where his number was called.
– Going back and forth between Nate Hayden and Tyler Wesley at the QB role, Presbyterian got an involuntary gift from Marist when their third drive was supposed to end near the end of the 1st.St frame, recovering a fumbled punt return at the 29-yard line. However, an incomplete pass on a fly route to the corner of the end zone left the extended drive without any points due to a turnover on downs.
– Still only down one score going into the 2ndn.d, PC was unable to even things up on their next trip despite some initial progress towards Kibby through the air. Marist jumped on the stagnant offense by embarking on a 70-yard TD drive to go up 14-0 with more than seven minutes to go until the halfway point, including a 48-yard toss to Matt Stianche that brought them all the way down to the 8-year line.
– Looking for a punch back on their next drive, the Blue Hose almost got what they wanted when Hayden found Jalen Jones for a 39-yard gain on the second snap of the next drive, on the other hand an offensive pass interference penalty negated the play and simultaneously prevented the series.
– Sensing a third straight TD after setting up shop at Presbyterian’s 23, Coach Englehart’s D held its ground to say no, only letting the Red Foxes go five yards. A 36-yard field goal off the leg of Dominic Donohue increased the advantage to 17.
– While the lead grew to 20 just before the break thanks to another Mariner kick between the uprights, it took 11 plays to get to that point on just 38 yards. When 3rd-quarter action began, the Blue Hose were able to successfully recover an onside kick from reserve Warner Bush just as the period began, although a three-and-out kept the score at 20-0.
– A 32-yard dart to Landis extended the advantage to 27 on a play that capped a 75-yard scoring march, before a scrappy field goal by Donohue (his 3).rd of the day) after a botched fumble gave the Red Foxes 10 points in the 3rdrd.
– Presbyterian avoided a shutout on their last offensive set, a drive that started back at the 10-yard line but needed only 10 snaps to reach the end zone. Behind a 56-yard lob from Hayden to Kibby — the longest reception of the freshman’s career to this point — PC capped the drive with a 1-yard slant to Jones, the ninth touchdown catch of the redshirt junior’s varsity career with more than two minutes left
In keeping with the theme of the PFL’s October schedule as the season turns to November, the Blue Hose will take on yet another school they have previously only met on one other occasion, which was a year ago. For the fourth time in the last five matchups this has been the case, PC will look to atone for a 63-43 loss to Dayton in Ohio last September.
The Flyers will roll into Bailey Memorial with five wins in their last six tries, improving to 4-1 against PFL competition after a 31-24 thriller to topple Valparaiso at home on Saturday. Dayton’s Jake Chisholm took a 23-yard sprint to the house with just 18 ticks remaining to seal the victory, capping a 68-yard drive that began with 2:39 on the clock.