Sept. 10, 2005
FAIRFIELD, CT - Senior quarterback James Luft threw for 185 yards and a touchdown and ran for another, while junior Brad Rowe booted three field goals to lead Marist College to a 22-20 win over Sacred Heart University in non-conference football action Saturday afternoon.
Marist, now 1-1, got on the board with a 27-yard Rowe field goal with 11:49 left in the first quarter. The score was set up when junior Nick Salis intercepted SHU QB Tyler Arciaga (Bonita, CA) on the first play of the game, giving his team the ball at the Pioneer 38.
The Red Foxes made it 10-0 with 3:53 remaining in the period on a 14-yard run by Luft. That score was also courtesy of a Pioneer turnover. After forcing Marist to punt, Jon Corto fumbled the ball on the return, handing the ball to the Red Foxes the ball at the SHU 33.
Senior tailback Ed Pricolo (Johnston, RI) got the Pioneers their first score with 3:15 left in the first half on a one-yard plunge to cap an eight-play, 58-yard drive. Arciaga hooked up with junior AJ Franklin (New Haven, CT) for a 31-yard strike to the Marist nine to set up the score.
Marist took the opening second half kickoff and kept the ball for 8:41 before Rowe booted a 21-yard field goal to give his club a 13-7 lead. Rowe would extend the Red Fox lead to 16-7 with a 38-yarder one minute into the fourth quarter.
The Pioneer offense put together its best drive of the game after the Rowe field goal, marching 80 yards in 11 plays and finished off with another Pricolo one-yard TD. Pricolo accounted for 43 of the yards on the drive, while Arciaga connected with sophomore fullback Tom Duffy (Valley Center, CA) for 24 yards.
Marist put together an impressive drive of its own, ending in a 20-yard TD strike from Luft to junior WR Prince Prempeh with 5:23 to play in the game. The PAT try by Rowe deflected off the upright, holding the Red Fox lead at 22-14.
Sacred Heart, 0-2, had one more gasp left and again used the legs of Pricolo to get the job done. After a shanked 16-yard punt by the Red Foxes, the Pioneers started on their own 47 with 2:21 to play. Arciaga hit Pricolo with a 13-yard out to the Marist 40 on the first play. After an incomplete pass, Arciaga handed off to Pricolo who broke five tackles to run 40 yards for the score. Needing the two-point conversion, the Pioneers were hit with an illegal substitution penalty out of the huddle, putting the ball back on the eight. Arciaga's pass in the endzone intended for Franklin was behind him and was knocked away to seal the victory for Marist.
Pricolo finished the game with 171 yards on 26 carries with three touchdowns and three receptions for 32 yards for the Pioneers.