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Marist To Host Mercer With PFL Championship At Stake

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Release: November 15, 2013
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POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – The Marist football team (7-3 overall, 6-1 Pioneer Football League) will play its last regular season game against Mercer (9-1, 5-1) on Saturday.  Prior to the game, the program will hold its annual Senior Day ceremony to honor the senior players.  Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. at Tenney Stadium.

A win for Marist would secure at least a share of the program’s first Pioneer Football League championship, and would also set the program’s record for wins in a season. The Red Foxes also remain in contention for the PFL’s first automatic bid to the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.

On Thursday, San Diego announced that it was withdrawing from consideration for the PFL title and FCS automatic qualifier. The Toreros are one of four teams with just one loss in PFL play, a list that also includes Butler in addition to Marist and Mercer.

A Marist win on Saturday, coupled with a Butler loss at Morehead State, would give the Red Foxes the PFL’s automatic bid to the playoffs. If both Marist and Butler win, the teams will be tied in both PFL record and record against common opponents.

On Friday, the PFL released the league's revised tiebreakers, as well as an updated tiebreaker scenario.

Last Saturday, Marist traveled to Campbell and recorded a 55-28 victory over the Camels.  Fifth-year senior defensive end Terrence Fede (Nyack, N.Y.) recorded a sack and now holds the program’s all time record in that category with 29.5.  Senior linebacker Paul Sakowski (Chester, N.Y.) led the Red Foxes with nine tackles.  Senior running back Atiq Lucas (Coram, N.Y.) ran for 174 yards and three touchdowns, and earned a Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) College Football Performance Award for his efforts in the game.  Senior quarterback Chuckie Looney (Ocala, Fla.) threw for 280 yards and four scores, and fifth-year senior wide receiver Bartley Leneghan (North Royalton, Ohio) had 145 yards receiving on five receptions, as well as two touchdowns.

Mercer defeated Jacksonville last Saturday 45-42, overcoming a double-digit second-half deficit.  A pair of fourth quarter touchdowns secured the win for the Bears.  Quarterback John Russ’ combined five touchdowns earned him the title of Pioneer Football League Offensive Player of the Week.  Russ went 11-for-23 through the air for 217 yards and three touchdowns, and rushing 145 yards and two scores on the ground.  The Bears are playing their first season of football since 1941, and were picked 11th in the PFL Preseason Poll.

Fans can listen live to Ed Weir (play-by-play) and Geoff Brault (color) beginning at 12:45 p.m. EDT. The contest will be air live on Rock 93-3 FM in Poughkeepsie, the Red Fox Network and iHeartRadio, and video will be carried on the Red Fox Network for a subscription fee.  

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