LEWISBURG, PA - The Marist Red Foxes football team suffered a 27-14 defeat at Bucknell in a non-league game on Saturday.
Bucknell scored on four of its first five drives to take a 24-7 halftime lead. The Bison started their first drive of the third quarter on the Marist two, but gained zero yards on three subsequent rushing plays and were held to a field goal. The Red Foxes made it a two-score game with 35 seconds left in the third period on a 20-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Chuckie Looney(Ocala, Fla.) to senior wide receiver Armani Martin (Pembroke Pines, Fla.). However, neither team was able to score in the final 15 minutes.
Looney threw touchdown passes, both to Martin, who has now caught all four of Looney’s touchdown tosses this season. Looney finished 23-for-44 for 216 yards.
Martin caught five passes for 56 yards. Senior linebacker Paul Sakowski (Chester, N.Y.) led the defense with nine tackles. Fifth-year senior defensive end Terrence Fede (Nyack, N.Y.) had six tackles, including two for a loss of yardage and a sack. Senior punter Jesse Signa (Huntington Beach, N.Y.) averaged 45.7 yards on six punts, including a 52-yard boot that landed out of bounds at the Bucknell one.
Bucknell outgained Marist in offensive yards by a count of 353 to 255. Using a balanced attack, the Bison finished with 177 rushing yards and 176 passing yards. Quarterback Brandon Welsey was 12-for-16 passing for 176 yards and two touchdowns, and added 51 yards rushing on 11 carries. Matt DelMauro ran for 83 yards on 20 carries, and Josh Brake had 82 receiving yards on three receptions, including a 66-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter. Defensively, Evan Byers led the Bison with a superb game, coming up with 12 tackles, a fumble recovery and a sack against the Red Foxes.
Marist falls to 0-2 with the loss, while Bucknell improves to 1-0. The Red Foxes will return to action next Saturday evening at Georgetown. Kickoff is set for 6:00 p.m.