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Tailgate sets positive vibe as Marist football defeats Sacred Heart

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By Jackie Venuti
On September 24, 2015

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 

Jennifer Galiani.

 

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 

were incomplete. 

 

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 

Parady.

 

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 

Weekend.

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