Marist Looks to Win First Season Opener Since 2012

After a long eight months of training, a new season of college football is upon us. Marist is hoping to start off their season on a higher note than they did last season as they lost four of their first five games. “We’d love to be in a great place at the end of the season but we know that there’s a process to get there and that’s taking care of each game. All of our focus right now is on Georgetown.” Jim Parody, Marist Head Coach, said. The Red Foxes were a streaky team last year to say the least. After losing four of their first five games last season, the Red Foxes went on to win their next four games before losing their final two games. 

The Marist Red Foxes (0-0) will travel down to Cooper Field in Washington, D.C. to take on the Georgetown Hoyas (0-1) in an out of conference showdown on Saturday, Sept. 10, at 12:30 p.m. 

In order to be successful Marist must shut down Gunther Johnson, Sr., and the Georgetown passing game. Last season, Johnson torched the Red Foxes’ defense as he threw for a career high in both passing yards, 369, and passing touchdowns, four. 

On the other side of the ball, Marist needs to run the football. Last week, Georgetown’s defense gave up 355 yards on the ground and four touchdowns at Davidson. Davidson had four players rush for over 50 yards. Marist’s trio of running backs, Darryn Jordan, RS Jr., Mekhi Johnson, Jr., and Areg Nazarian, Sr., could be a big factor for Marist as they hope to open up their season on a positive note as they hope to make a run for a postseason berth. 

Marist had lost four of their previous five matchups against Georgetown. The two teams have split their last two matchups with the road team winning both games. In 2017, Marist won 14-12 but in the following season` Georgetown blew out Marist 39-14 in the season opener. The Red Foxes have not beaten the Hoyas at home since Marist squeezed out a 23-21 victory in 2009. 

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