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Rios Sets Receiving Records in Marist's Loss To San Diego

Courtesy: Marist Athletics
         
Release: December 01, 2012
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POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- Fifth-year senior wide receiver Michael Rios (Miami, Fla.) set Marist's single-season record for receiving yards and the program's career record for receiving touchdowns in the Red Foxes' season-ending 34-10 loss to San Diego in a Pioneer Football League game at Tenney Stadium on Saturday.

Rios finished with 10 receptions for 205 yards and a touchdown in the game. The receiving touchdown gave him 17 in his career, breaking the record previously held by James LaMacchia. Rios finished the season with a program record 1,173 receiving yards, becoming the second receiver in program history to have a 1,000-yard season and breaking LaMacchia's record of 1,075 yards in 2009.

Rios also became the third receiver in program history to finish with 2,000 career receiving yards, as he finished with 2,017.

San Diego quarterback Mason Mills went 23-for-34 for 422 yards and two touchdowns, both of which were caught by Reggie Bell, who hauled in seven receptions for 143 yards. The Toreros outgained the Red Foxes 550-338, and scored on four consecutive drives in the first and second quarters.

San Diego punted on its first drive, but Ernie Collins kicked 20- and 24-yard field goals on the Toreros' second and third drives, respectively, to give his team a 6-0 lead. After Marist went three-and-out on its ensuing drive, San Diego scored on the first play of its next drive - a 38-yard pass from Mills to Bell - to go up 13-0.

The Red Foxes got on the scoreboard on their next drive, which covered 15 plays and 63 yards and culminated in a 32-yard field goal by senior kicker Jason Myers (Chula Vista, Calif.). However, Mills found Bell for a 23-yard touchdown pass on San Diego's next drive as the Toreros went up 20-3.

Marist answered with a two-play drive for a touchdown on the next drive. Junior quarterback Chuckie Looney (Ocala, Fla.) hit Rios from a 39-yard completion on the first play, and then a 36-yard touchdown on the next play. The touchdown pass was the 29th of Looney's career, tying him with James Luft for first place on Marist's career list.

The score remained 20-10 San Diego until late in the fourth quarter, when Joe Ferguson broke a 33-yard touchdown run. J.P. Bolwahnn then scored on a four-yard run with 1:24 remaining to make the score 34-10.

San Diego defensive end Blake Oliaro registered four of his team's seven sacks. Linebacker Zach Dunaj registered 11 tackles. For Marist, junior linebacker Paul Sakowski (Chester, N.Y.) had a team-high 10 tackles and a pass break-up, while sophomore safety Zach Adler (Walden, N.Y.) had his team-high fourth interception of the season.

With the win, San Diego (8-3 overall, 7-1 PFL) joined Drake and Butler in claiming a share of the PFL championship. Marist ended its season at 4-7 overall and 3-5 in league play.

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