POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – In the annual Marist Spring Football Game, the Red Team defeated the White Team by a score of 28-12 on Saturday night at Tenney Stadium.
The teams were chosen in a captains’ draft held Saturday morning. Red was picked by senior safety Tyler Ramsey (Southbridge, Mass.) and junior linebacker Paul Sakowski (Chester, N.Y.). White was picked by junior free safety Nick Kaszei (Brook Park, Ohio).
Defense ruled the first half, while the offense came to life after the first 30 minutes. The game was scoreless until the final play of the first half, when a 31-yard field goal by junior kicker Jesse Signa (South Huntington, N.Y.) gave White a 3-0 lead.
“Our defense has been a strong point for us,” Head Coach Jim Parady said, “and we expect that out of them next year also.”
Early in the second half, Red junior defensive end Steven Diomede (Park Ridge, N.J.) recovered a fumble and returned it to the White 7. Two plays later, junior quarterback Duell Smith (Hilton, N.Y.) scored on an eight-yard run for the first touchdown of the game. A 30-yard field goal by Signa with 9:49 left in the third quarter brought White to within 7-6.
On Red’s ensuing possession, Smith found sophomore wide receiver Joe Tralli (Croton, N.Y.) on a 28-yard completion to move into White territory. Smith punctuated the drive with an 11-yard touchdown pass to junior defensive end David Diomede (Park Ridge, N.J.). White then answered with a three-yard touchdown run by junior running back Atiq Lucas (Coram, N.Y.) to make the score 13-12 Red after three quarters.
On the first play of the fourth quarter, Smith found Tralli for another 28-yard completion, this time for a touchdown which put Red ahead 20-12. With 8:04 to play, quarterback Tyler Vallie scored on a six-yard touchdown, and Smith found Diomede for a two-point conversion as Red extended its lead to the final margin of 16 points.
Senior defensive end Terrence Fede (Nyack, N.Y.), who will be returning for a fifth season in 2013, lived up to his billing as the first pick in Saturday’s draft with several quarterback pressures and a fumble recovery which set up a touchdown for White. Sophomore safety Connor Mathias (West Lawn, Pa.) blocked a punt for Red.
Prior to the game, an alumni flag football game was held. Parady said he was pleased with the alumni turnout for that event and the Spring Game, and was impressed by support of the crowd.
“I thought it was a great environment here tonight,” Parady said. “It was a beautiful night, a great night to cap off our spring ball.”