Marist Football Struggles In Opening Loss To Georgetown
After a long offseason, the Marist College football team hit the field at Tenney Stadium for the first time this season against Georgetown University. There has been a lot of optimism and excitement surrounding the team heading into the new season. However, Georgetown spoiled the home opener, winning the game on the road 39-14.
The Red Foxes struggled to move the ball on offense consistently throughout the game. Despite a rough performance, a pair of Marist skill position player had solid games. Running back Areg Nazarian tallied 59 yards of total offense, including a touchdown. Additionally, tight end Jon Kanda had arguably the play of the game with a one handed touchdown catch in the back of the end zone.
The Marist defense was stymied by constant production from Georgetown’s offensive unit. The Hoyas’ junior quarterback Gunther Johnson had an incredible game and controlled the game from start to finish. Johnson threw for 369 yards and four touchdown passes, and developed a strong connection with top wide receiver Winston Jackson Jr., who finished as Johnson’s top beneficiary with 114 receiving yards and a touchdown reception. The Georgetown passing game was on point from start to finish.
Georgetown had the advantage in pretty much every aspect of the game and the evidence is clear in the final score. Marist Head Coach Jim Parady commented after game mentioning that the defense played a great first half but turnovers gave the Hoyas great field position for most of the game. Penalties also plagued the Red Foxes at crucial points during the game, including a pass interference penalty on 3rd and long in the red zone.
To make a tough day even worse, new redshirt sophomore quarterback Jacob Hallenbeck was injured during the game, and he awaits x-rays to be returned later on this week. Freshman quarterback Mike Husni came in in relief of Hallenbeck and threw for 73 yards and a touchdown. The quarterbacks combined for 3 interceptions which would prove to hurt the momentum on multiple possessions.
Marist now has a bye week, and will return to the field on Sat. Sep. 15 on the road at Bryant University. Captains Dan Wittlekind, Willie Barrett, Wes Beans, and Grant Dixon will lead the way in getting the team ready for the showdown in two week’s time. With plenty of time to prepare, expect a big bounce-back game for the Red Foxes as they look to avoid their first 0-2 start since 2016.