POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. - Sophomore safety Zach Adler (Walden, N.Y.) and fifth-year senior wide receiver Michael Rios (Miami, Fla.) have earned accolades following the Marist football team's 44-7 victory at Valparaiso on Saturday.
Adler, who was named Pioneer Football League (PFL) Defensive Player of the Week on Sunday, has also earned a College Football Performance Award and was named PFL Defensive Player of the Week by College Sports Madness. He had two interceptions and had a team-best nine tackles at Valparaiso, and became the second player in the PFL to have a multi-interception game this season. Five of his tackles were solo stops. Adler had eight of his tackles in the first half, which helped Marist build a 30-0 halftime advantage.
Rios helped build that 30-point advantage by scoring two long touchdowns, which earned him a College Football Performance Award. On Marist's first drive, he hauled in a 97-yard touchdown from junior quarterback Chuckie Looney (Ocala, Fla.) for Marist's longest play from scrimmage in school history. He then scored on a 78-yard touchdown on a pass from Looney in the second quarter. For the game, Rios finished with 193 yards on four receptions, and finished with 211 total yards.
With the win at Valparaiso, Marist now stands at 3-5 overall and 2-3 in PFL play. The Red Foxes will return to action Saturday, when they host San Diego at Tenney Stadium. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. Tickets are on sale at GoRedFoxes.com, and for further information, contact the Marist Ticket Office at (845) 575-3553.