This weekend was mid-semester break as well as alumni weekend. While most of the college went home for the whole weekend, a friend and I decided to go home for a day and come back Saturday morning to watch the Marist College football team face the San Diego Toreros. A bunch of friends who graduated last year came back for the game and were tailgating in the McCann parking lot so we headed there to hang out, catch up with good friends, grab a bite to eat and go watch the game. It was a little windy out but that didn’t stop anyone from coming out to support the Red Foxes.
The actual game was a lot of fun! There were so many alumni there with their children and families. One woman who was sitting behind up was the mother of #18 on the team and was getting so into the game. I’m pretty sure she didn’t have a voice by its end because she was up on her feet and yelling the entire time. A few girls that sat next to us were actually from the Culinary Institute and came to watch a friend who played for Marist. It was pretty cool to talk to them about how different things are when we literally live less than a mile away from each other. The Foxes were down 7 to 0 in the first quarter but then came back to lead the game 10 to 7 by the game’s half.
The halftime show is always a good time. The Cheerleaders, Band, and Dance Team perform a routine on the field to the music of Stevie Wonder. At the end of the halftime show the Marist College Band actually gave Art Himmelberger, the director of the music department, a plaque and a gold orchestra stick to thank him for all that he has done these past years. He was really surprised and completely caught off guard as he thanked both the band and the fans that gave him a standing ovation. During the halftime show Shooter, the Marist College mascot, and a bunch of other Marist students who sported hats that looked like fox heads were handing out candy to people in the stands. It was awesome to see all the little kids that came to the game running around to catch lollipops flying out of Shooter’s hands as parents took loads of pictures.
The third quarter of the game seemed to go by quickly because no one scored any touchdowns and the Marist Foxes were still leading with a score of 10 to 7. Things were looking good for Marist as the fourth quarter come around until about three minutes were left in the game. A good friend of mine, Kevin Pauly, who is the punter for the team, had a 76-yard punt in the fourth quarter, which was the longest in his career and tied the longest punt in program history! Needless to say my friends and I were really happy for him and you could tell he was pretty proud himself, especially since his family was there to see it happen. After that though, San Diego ended up scoring a touchdown making the score 10 to 14 in the last minute of the game. The foxes tried to come back by running four plays but couldn’t make it past the 40-yard line. Everyone was pretty upset since we were leading for most of the game and then lost in the very last minutes but we were all still really proud of the guys on the field. Overall, the game was a lot of fun and it was good to see all the alumni come back to Marist and reminisce about the “old days.” Scary to think that is going to be me in two very short years! Oh college, how quickly you go by.
The Red Foxes will be playing against Jacksonville next weekend in Jacksonville, Florida where they will try and pick up a win. The Foxes return home on November 6th where they will play against Davidson College. It might be a little windy but everyone should go out and support the guys on the team!
– Rosina Panuccio
(Pictures in this blog post were all taken by Chanel Vitale, Class of 2012)