Marist Opens PFL Play Vs. Davidson On Alumni Weekend
THE MATCH-UP: The Marist football team (1-2) hosts Davidson (0-2) on Alumni Weekend in the Pioneer Football League opener for both teams. Kickoff at Tenney Stadium is set for noon EDT.
HOW TO FOLLOW US: Ed Weir (play-by-play) and Geoff Brault (color) will provide the call on 1450 WKIP AM in Poughkeepsie, which will also have a live and free audio stream on GoRedFoxes.com. The pregame show will begin at 11:45 a.m. EDT. The game can also be listened to for free on GoRedFoxes.com and the iHeartRadio app. A video stream is available for a subscription fee on GoRedFoxes.com. For live game updates, check the official Twitter account of Marist Athletics (@MaristAthletics).
SCOUTING DAVIDSON: Davidson enters today's contest with an 0-2 record, having dropped non-league games at home against Georgetown (35-14) and at Lenoir-Rhyne (20-2). The Wildcats were picked ninth in the PFL Preseason Poll. Wide receiver Lanny Funsten was selected to the All-PFL Preseason Team. Through two games, Funsten leads Davidson with 15 receptions and 184 receiving yards. Quarterback Jonathan Carkhuff has thrown 107 passes in two games. Defensively, linebackers Jelani Doeman and Patrick Moynahan lead the team with 18 tackles apiece. Five of Moynahan's stops have been for a loss of yardage.
MEET THE CAPTAINS: Marist has four captains on this year's team. Three are seniors on the defensive side of the ball - linebacker Mike Hagemann, safety Nick Mainiero and safety Tyler Ramsey. The Red Foxes' lone captain on the offensive side of the ball is quarterback Chuckie Looney, who is just the second true junior to be named captain in Jim Parady's 21 seasons as head coach. The first was Rory Foley in 2010.
A MARIST WIN TODAY WOULD ... :
- give the Red Foxes their first win in a PFL opener in their four years in the league.
- be the first time the home team would prevail in five chances in the Marist-Davidson series.
- improve its all-time record against Davidson to 4-1.
HISTORY WITH DAVIDSON: This is the fifth meeting all-time between Marist and Davidson. The road team has won all of the first four contests, which have been decided by a total of 24 points. All games have had a margin of victory of eight points or less.
FUN WITH SCHEDULES: Marist's first three games this season (at Bryant, Sept. 1; vs. Bucknell, Sept. 8; at Columbia, Sept. 15) all came against teams playing their season openers. With Davidson having its bye week on Sept. 15, all of the Red Foxes' first four opponents did not have a game the previous week.
BIG DAY FOR FEDE: Senior DE Terrence Fede earned a College Football Performance Award following his effort at Columbia on Sept. 15, in which he had eight tackles, two-and-a-half sacks and a pass break-up. Fede leads the Red Foxes with three-and-a-half sacks this season.
MARGINS (PART I): Marist won its season-opening game at Bryant by 25 points, but has lost its last two games by a combined total of three points.
MARGINS (PART II): Marist has outscored the opposition 61-39 this season, and has a positive scoring margin in each quarter (17-7 first, 17- 12 second, 14-10 third, 13-10 fourth).
LOONEY UNDER CENTER: Junior QB Chuckie Looney will be making his seventh career start in today's game. In Looney's first three games this season, he has completed 65.9 percent (60-for-91) of his passes for 780 yards, five touchdowns and three interceptions. Looney also had 92 rushing yards at Bryant on Sept. 1.
TOUCHBACKS FOR MYERS: Senior Jason Myers has led the PFL in touchbacks each of the previous two seasons. Myers had 25 touchbacks in 2010 and 2011, and was named Honorable Mention All-PFL both years. Myers registered seven touchbacks in 12 kickoffs so far this season.
AND HE'S A TRIPLE THREAT, TOO: Senior Jason Myers is currently handling all three phases of the Marist kicking game. In addition to his kickoff duties, Myers is 2-for-3 on field goal attempts, 7-for-8 on PAT attempts and is averaging 38.3 yards per punt. Seven of his 15 punts have been downed inside the 20.
SPREADING THE WEALTH (PART I): QB Chuckie Looney's five touchdown passes this season have gone to five receivers (TE Anthony Calcagni, TE David Diomede, RB Calvin McCoy, WR Matt Tralli, RB Louis Cotrone).