DAVIDSON, N.C. – The Marist football team scored 21 fourth-quarter points to earn a 42-14 victory at Davidson in a Pioneer Football League contest on Saturday.
In a balanced effort, the Red Foxes amassed 490 yards of total offense and held Davidson to 300. Marist had 283 passing yards and 207 rushing yards, and forced four Davidson turnovers.
Senior wide receiver Bartley Leneghan (North Royalton, Ohio) had 163 yards receiving on four receptions and a touchdown. Senior running back Atiq Lucas (Coram, N.Y.) ran for 131 yards on 20 carries and a touchdown. Junior running back Emmanuel Onakoya (Waldorf, Md.) ran for 78 yards on six carries and two touchdowns, which came on his first two carries of the game. Senior quarterback Chuckie Looney (Ocala, Fla.) completed 11 of 22 passes for 283 yards and two touchdowns. The Red Foxes had five offensive players of 30 yards or more.
Defensively, the Red Foxes registered three interceptions, which were returned for 103 yards, 10 tackles for loss, two sacks and four pass break-ups. Marist also had its third defensive touchdown in the last four weeks, a 78-yard interception return by freshman cornerback Cameron Gibson (Waycross, Ga.) with 47 seconds to play. Junior free safety James Holodnak (North Royalton, Ohio), who made his first career start, and sophomore defensive end Landon Moore (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) tied for the team lead with six tackles apiece. Moore had one-and-a-half stops for a loss of yardage.
After Davidson took an 8-3 first-quarter lead, Onakoya’s 14-yard touchdown run with 2:54 left in the first quarter gave Marist the lead for good. Lucas’ one-yard touchdown plunge with 5:52 left in the second quarter gave the Red Foxes a 15-8 lead. Onakoya then burst through the middle for a 41-yard touchdown run, which put Marist up 21-8 with 11:35 left in the third quarter.
Looney’s first touchdown pass of the game came with 13:22 to play, when he found junior wide receiver Matt Tralli (Croton, N.Y.) in the back right corner of the end zone on a fourth down for a 16-yard touchdown. Davidson answered with a score on the ensuing drive, but Looney found Leneghan for a 44-yard touchdown pass down the right sideline with 4:40 to go. Gibson’s touchdown closed out the scoring.
For Davidson, wide receiver Jeff McDaniels scored both of the team’s touchdowns, and caught eight passes for 87 yards. Williams Morris caught 11 passes for 86 yards.
Marist improved to 4-3 overall and 3-1 in the PFL. Davidson is now 0-7 overall and 0-4 in league play.
Saturday’s game concluded a stretch in which the Red Foxes played five out of six games away from Poughkeepsie. Marist will conclude the season with three of its last four games at Tenney Stadium, starting with next Saturday’s PFL contest against Stetson. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m., and tickets are available on GoRedFoxes.com.