Marist Offense Enjoys Record-Setting Year
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. - The Marist football team set the program's Division I record for total yards in the 2012 season, and broke several individual marks as well.
The Red Foxes amassed 4,359 yards of total offense, breaking the old mark of 3,891 yards set in the 2005 season. The passing yardage total of 2,694 was the second highest in program history, trailing only the 2,950 yards posted by the 2010 team. Marist ran for 1,665 yards this season, its highest rushing total since the 2008 season.
Marist had three games this season with at least 550 yards of total offense. The Red Foxes' highest output was a 661-yard effort in a 44-7 triumph at Valparaiso on Oct. 27, which included 349 rushing yards and 312 passing yards.
Senior wide receiver Michael Rios (Miami, Fla.) set single-game, single-season and career records in 2012. With 17 career receiving touchdowns, he broke the mark of 16 previously held by James LaMacchia. Rios also broke two of LaMacchia's single-season records with 1,173 receiving yards and 10 receiving touchdowns.
Prior to this season, Marist's single-game record for receiving yards was 195, turned in by LaMacchia against Jacksonville in 2009. Rios had the first two 200-yard receiving games in program history this season, with 244 against Davidson on Sept. 22 and 205 against San Diego on Dec. 1. Rios caught three touchdown passes in the Davidson game, tying the single game record previously set by LaMacchia in 2010 and Tim Traynor in 2003.
Rios also set a record for longest play from scrimmage in program history, when junior quarterback Chuckie Looney (Ocala, Fla.) found him for a 97-yard touchdown pass at Valparaiso.
Looney set a single-season record with 18 touchdown passes, breaking the mark of 16 thrown by James Luft in 2005. He will enter his senior year tied with 29 career touchdown passes, which is tied with Luft for first all-time.
Rios led the Pioneer Football League (PFL) and is ranked 11th in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) with 106.64 receiving yards per game. Looney led the PFL in passing efficiency at 156.40, a mark which places him fourth in the FCS.