Hudson Valley Sports Report


Football Team Opens League Play By Beating Valparaiso

VALPARAISO, Ind. – Max Mazzella picked the right time for his first career reception.

The red-shirt sophomore tight end caught a 25-yard touchdown pass from Austin Day in overtime, and the Marist College football team won its first game of the year – and Pioneer Football League opener – with a 27-24 win over Valparaiso.

Host Valpo had just kicked a field goal to take a 24-21 lead in OT.

The Red Foxes are now 1-2 overall.

On its first drive, Marist took the lead on a 19-yard rushing touchdown by Hunter Cobb. Valparaiso tied the game on a one-yard rushing touchdown by Robert Washington with 7:33 left in the first quarter.

Cobb’s 45-yard rushing touchdown gave the Red Foxes a 13-7 lead on the first play of the second quarter.

With the Beacons driving late in the first half, Clayborne Fields III intercepted a pass at the Marist 3. This enabled the Red Foxes to preserve their 13-7 lead going to the locker room.

Arthur Pinckney stopped Washington on a fourth-and-two play near midfield late in the third quarter. Three plays later, Austin Day hit Brett Landis for a 36-yard touchdown pass. Marist then converted a two-point conversion on a pass from Christopher Watkins to Wyatt McMahon with 3:06 left in the third quarter, and took a 21-7 lead.

After a blocked punt deep in Marist territory, Washington’s second touchdown of the day – this one from one yard away – cut the Red Foxes’ lead to 21-14 with 13:48 left in the fourth quarter.

Valparaiso tied the game at 21 thanks to Nick Orakoya’s one-yard touchdown run with 9:56 to go. Neither team scored the remainder of regulation, and the game went to overtime.

Valparaiso had the first possession of overtime, and Brian Bartholomew’s 25-yard field goal gave the Beacons a 24-21 lead. The Day-to-Mazzella touchdown came on the very next snap.

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