Tailgate sets positive vibe as Marist football defeats Sacred Heart
Marist's Student Programming Council held its 3rd Annual Student Tailgate prior to
the first home football game of the season. The Marist Red Foxes defeated Sacred
Heart 34-27 Saturday night at Tenney Stadium.
“I love going to the tailgate because I feel like it let’s me be a kid again,” said junior
The festivities began on the Marian green at 2 p.m. with a game of laser tag, which
took place in a giant bouncy house and proved to be a crowd-pleaser for the second
year in a row. At around 4:30 p.m., more tailgating activities were underway. The
traditional tailgating lawn games of Cornhole and Kan Jam were the biggest hits.
In addition to the activities, SPC provided Marist students with free food including
chicken fingers, mozzarella sticks, pizza bites, mini hot dogs and chicken wings.
Junior Allison Soderholm said, “My favorite part of the tailgate was the free food.
Anywhere there is free food, I’m there.”
After the tailgate, students headed to the stadium to cheer on their fellow Red Foxes.
Sophomore quarterback Michael White opened up the scoreboard with a five-yard
run, putting Marist up 7-0 in the first quarter. Shortly after, White connected with
junior running back Marcellus Calhoun for a 75-yard touchdown. Sacred Heart then
responded with an 80-yard touchdown. Marist was up at the half with a 21-7 lead.
White said, “As the game progressed, we just felt a level of comfort but we kept
working and trying for the rest of the game.”
Junior kicker Mike Maccarone made a 36-yard field goal in the third quarter, putting
Marist up by 17. Sacred Heart fought back with two touchdowns making the score
24-21. Maccarone gave the Red Foxes a 27-21 advantage with his 30-yard field goal
in the fourth quarter. Once again, Sacred Heart fought back with another touchdown
tying the game at 27-27.
Calhoun scored a 69-yard touchdown with 3:33 left in the game giving Marist a 34-
27 lead. Sacred Heart tried to fight back, but their final four pass attempts
Head football coach Jim Parady said, “We’re very proud of our guys and the way that
we fought as Sacred Heart came back in that second half. We could have folded and
we did not.”
Defensively, senior defensive end Landon Moore had a team-high of 10 tackles, two
forced fumbles and three tackles for loss. Fifth-year senior defensive end Demetrius
Williams had eight tackles, four stops for loss and two sacks. Captain Zach Adler and
Junior linebacker Jimmy Braun each had 7 tackles.
“It was a great finish and a great football game to be involved with,” said Coach
Tailgating celebrations are expected to continue on Saturday, Sept. 26 as the Red
Foxes host Jacksonville in the Pioneer Football League opener as part of Alumni
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