SAN DIEGO, Calif. – The Marist football team suffered a 35-33 loss at San Diego in a Pioneer Football League on Saturday at Torero Stadium.
With the Red Foxes leading 33-32, San Diego kicker David Last missed a 33-yard field goal that would have ended the game. However, Marist was called for running into the kicker. With no time left, Last converted a 28-yard field goal attempt to lift the Toreros to a 35-33 triumph.
Marist senior quarterback Chuckie Looney (Ocala, Fla.) set a single-game program record with five touchdown passes. Looney was 19-for-33 for 298 yards. Senior wide receiver Armani Martin (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) caught six passes for a game-high 118 yards and three touchdowns, which tied a single-game program record.
For San Diego, quarterback Mason Mills was 20-for-39 for 349 yards with three touchdowns and an interception. The Toreros had a pair of 100-yard receivers in Brandon White (five catches, 100 yards) and Reggie Bell (four catches, 104 yards, one touchdown). San Diego outgained Marist in total yards, 463-374.
The game was scoreless for the first quarter-and-a-half until Looney hit Martin for a 19-yard touchdown to cap an 11-play, 95-yard drive. After a San Diego safety and a 32-yard field goal by Last on the ensuing drive, Marist’s lead was cut to 7-5. However, Looney’s 33-yard touchdown pass to fifth-year senior wide receiver Bartley Leneghan (North Royalton, Ohio) gave Marist a 14-5 lead going into halftime.
Just 2:16 into the third quarter, Looney’s 66-yard touchdown pass to Martin put Marist up 20-5. However, San Diego scored 27 unanswered points on the strength of three touchdown passes by Mills in a span of 9:59 to go up 32-20.
Looney’s 29-yard touchdown pass to junior wide receiver Joe Tralli (Croton, N.Y.) brought the Red Foxes to within 32-28 with 12:02 left. With San Diego driving deep into Marist territory halfway through the third quarter, senior free safety Nick Kaszei (Brook Park, Ohio) picked off a Mills pass and returned it 88 yards to the San Diego 3. On fourth-and-goal from the nine, Looney’s touchdown pass to Martin in the back left corner of the end zone put the Red Foxes back in the lead at 33-32 with 5:19 remaining.
San Diego then drove the length of the field for Last’s game-winning field goal.
Sophomore cornerback Zachary Quarles (Upper Marlboro, Md.) paced the Marist defense with eight tackles, a fumble recovery and a pass break-up. For San Diego, defensive end Blake Oliaro had 10 tackles and two sacks, including the safety of Looney in the second quarter. Fellow defensive end Steve Gargiulo had three sacks, four tackles for loss, a forced fumble and nine stops.
Looney also set the program’s career records for completions and attempts in the contest, previously held by James Luft, who played at Marist from 2001-05.
Marist’s three game-winning streak was snapped. The Red Foxes are now 3-3 overall and 2-1 in the PFL. San Diego is 4-2 overall and 3-0 in the PFL.
Marist returns to action next Saturday with a PFL contest at Davidson. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. The game will conclude a stretch in which the Red Foxes play five out of six on the road.