Marist Football Bounces Back, Tops Jacksonville
JACKSONVILLE, Florida – The Marist football team erased a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter to record its first victory at Jacksonville in its history. The Red Foxes prevailed by a score of 20-17 in a Pioneer Football League contest on Saturday at D.B. Milne Field.
Jacksonville opened the scoring just 1:47 into the contest on a 58-yard touchdown run by quarterback Calvin Turner, Jr.
Garnett Nicolas' 12-yard touchdown run expanded the Dolphins' lead to 14-0. That remained the score going into halftime.
Red-shirt freshman quarterback Austin Day saw his first collegiate action on the first drive in the second half. Day directed an eight-play, 75-yard drive to start the third quarter that was punctuated by a four-yard touchdown from red-shirt sophomore running back Darryn Jordan. Earlier on the drive, Jordan had a 46-yard run.
On Jacksonville's next drive, a 48-yard field goal from Javier Arce-Ramirez extended the Dolphins' lead to 17-7.
On the Red Foxes' next drive, Day completed a 53-yard to senior wide receiver Juston Christian on third-and-36 to move the ball into Jacksonville story. The Red Foxes then converted two fourth downs as they moved the ball to the Jacksonville 15. On third-and-eight, Day completed a pass to sophomore wide receiver David Shannon III, who fumbled at the Jacksonville 1. The ball was recovered by red-shirt sophomore wide receiver Ethan Carpenter in the end zone for a touchdown. That cut Jacksonville's lead to 17-13 with 11:55 remaining.
On Jacksonville's next series, the Dolphins faced a fourth-and-four from the Marist 30. Red-shirt senior linebacker Willie Barrett tackles Nicolas one yard short of a first down, and the Red Foxes took over on downs with 8:36 remaining.
With 4:22 remaining, Day found red-shirt junior tight end Jon Kanda over the middle for a 13-yard touchdown to give Marist its first lead of the game at 20-17.
Red-shirt senior cornerback Brandon Miller intercepted a pass at the Marist 28 to end Jacksonville's ensuing drive.
The Red Foxes went three-and-out on their next drive, and the Dolphins took over at their own 39 with 1:15 remaining. Jacksonville was unable to convert a first down, as red-shirt sophomore linebacker John Pierce recorded a sack on first down, and red-shirt sophomore safety Justice Sealesbroke up a pass on fourth down. Marist then proceeded to run out the clock.
Jordan ran for a career-high 124 yards on 21 carries.
Day completed 12 of 15 passes for 153 yards.
Christian led the Red Foxes with 72 receiving yards on four receptions, all of which came in the second half.
Red-shirt senior defensive end Eric Taylor led Marist with eight tackles, six of which were solo with a half-a-tackle for loss.
Marist outgained Jacksonville for the game, 420-324. The Red Foxes outgained the Dolphins in the second half, 268-141.
Turner Jr. accounted for 228 total yards – 167 rushing, 61 passing.
The last six Marist-Jacksonville games have all been decided by seven points or less, and have been decided by a total of 28 points.
This was Marist's first win over Jacksonville since 2014.
Marist's previous trips to Jacksonville were losses in 2012, 2012, and 2016.
Jordan and Carpenter scored the first touchdowns of their collegiate careers.
Marist is 2-4 overall and 2-1 in PFL play. Jacksonville is 1-4 overall and 1-2 in league competition.
Marist returns home to face Davidson in PFL action next Saturday, Oct. 20. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. on Homecoming & Reunion weekend at Marist. Tickets are available at MaristTickets.com.