Marist remains undefeated

John Fitzpatrick catches a pass near the sideline.

The Marist War Eagles moved to 6-0 after defeating the Gainesville Elephants 39-14 at home on Sept. 29.

The War Eagles accumulated 341 yards of total offense, led by quarterback Chase Abshier. Abshier completed 10 of 17 attempted passes for 130 yards and threw two touchdowns. He also rushed for 61 yards on eight attempts and had one touchdown.

Abshier’s rushing touchdown was Marist’s first score of the game. He scored on a 1-yard quarterback keeper to give Marist a 7-0 lead in the first quarter. Kicker Timmy Bleekrode extended Marist’s lead to 10-0 after a 27-yard field goal early in the second quarter.

Midway through the quarter, Abshier connected with Charlie Addicks on a 42-yard touchdown pass. Abshier would hit John Fitzpatrick on the 2-point conversion to give the War Eagles an 18-0 lead. Marist scored before halftime on a 12-yard pass from Abshier to Dean Johnson, extending the lead to 25-0.

Gainesville got a little momentum in the third quarter when they went on a nine-play, 92-yard drive that ended in a 2-yard touchdown run by quarterback Tre Luttrell, cutting the deficit to 25-7.

However, Marist would respond later in the quarter on a 27-yard touchdown run, extending the lead to 32-7.

Marist got a touchdown from its special teams unit late in the third quarter. Gainesville was attempting to punt when the punter fumbled the snap and defensive tackle Adam Pozzobon recovered the ball in the end zone, giving Marist a 39-7 lead.

Gainesville scored again with two minutes left in the game on a 34-yard pass from Luttrell to Trey Blackwell to bring the final score to 39-14.

Marist will try to improve to 7-0 when they face White County on Oct. 13.

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