Marist and Nazareth took the field on Saturday, September 8th with the same mindset, and same mission... Get a conference win. And both teams did just that to start off this inter conference matchup as it had great defense, hard hits, and mentally strong. But in the second quarter, Nazareth had the graces of god on their side as Zach Manuel was the fortunate recipient of a tipped ball that he caught and ran for 67 yards to put the first pioints on the board and put Nazareth up 7-0 early in the second quarter. After a Marist punt, Nazareth came out guns blazing and Rudy Romagnano put them ahead 14-0 with a 57 yard TD of his own. From that point, good defense, hard hits, and everything you expect from conference rivals transpired and after a few back and forth possessions, the half ends with a 14-0 lead for Nazareth over Marist. Fast start to the third quarter for Marist as they came out aggressive on defense and forced a fumble to try to kick start a slumbered offense, and did it ever work to perfection as Marist's offense charged right down the field as Peter Andreotti capped off a long drive with a 17 yard Touchdown run and with the point after brought Marist to within 7 and steal some momentum from Nazareth as they continued to play aggressive, fast, and smart as they stumped the Nazareth offense and held them to zero points in the third, and after a shanked punt, Marist took advantage of the short field as a 9 yard TD run by Ian Woodworth with 35 seconds left brought Marist to a 14-14 tie with Nazareth as the third quarter ended. The fourth started back and forth with both teams getting stops and keeping intensity, until Nic Weishar, the D-I recruit finally breaks through and gets a TD catch off a nice pass from Woodworth, putting Marist up 21-14 halfway through the fourth quarter. Nazareth, desperate for an answer to 21 straight points, they began their fourth quarter drive with 6 minutes to go and managed to put it in the endzone and tied the game at twenty-one with 1:30 to go. Marist began their possession in their own territory, put together some very nice plays to gain chunks of yards, and put themselves in a position to win with a last second field goal attempt, and drilled with to win the game 24-21 here in a frenzied environment over Nazareth.
High School Football - Marist High School at Nazareth Academy. Saturday, September 8, 2012. Kick-off 1:30pm CT.
Final Score: 24 MAR, 21 NAZARETH