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The home finale for the 2021 Presbyterian College football season was a depressing one, as the Blue Hose fell to the Marist Red Foxes 57-32.

It was senior day for the football, cheerleading and other athletic teams. At first, it appeared the Blue Hose would send them out on the right foot.

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With help from running back Delvecchio Powell II on PC’s opening drive, Ren Hefley found senior wide receiver Kiran Turner in the end zone for a 7-yard touchdown to get the Blue Hose on the scoreboard 1st.

Marist responded with a touchdown on its next drive and thanks to a Ren Hefley interception, Red Fox running back Matt Stianche was able to get a wide-open 10-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Austin Day during a 3rd down blitz by the PC defense.

The Blue Hose ended the 1st quarter on a buzzer beater with Powell scoring on an 18-yard rushing score to reclaim the lead 14-13 for the Blue Hose.

After struggling all year long, PC’s defense seemed to find its groove, stopping Marist on a 4th-and1 inside the red zone with 12:37 to go in the 2nd quarter and forcing a missed Red Fox field goal attempt with 7:39 to go.

Blue Hose linebacker Futa Shinkawa got into the action as well, sacking Marist quarterback Austin Day on a 3rd down play. The freshman had 6 total tackles, 1 sack and 3 tackles for loss.

It felt good. I think that sack really helped me fire the team up and try to get them to get going,” he said.

Unfortunately, it was short-lived at best for the Blue Hose.

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Sacks, penalties and turnovers on offense followed by blown coverages by the defense caused Marist to score 37 unanswered points late in the 2nd quarter and 3rd quarters alone to take a commanding lead, 50-14.

It’s just the same thing. We made a lot of mistakes and it’s my job to make sure that they do not make those mistakes. I’m proud that they kept fighting. All of that stuff is just the same. We just make mistakes at the wrong moment. That’s the same story so many times in a lot of games this year,” Blue Hose coach Kevin Kelley said.

Day accounted for 2 touchdown passes during that span and the Red Foxes had three different running backs add rushing scores. They finished the game with 174 yards rushing. Marist (5-4, 5-2 PFL) also added a 45-yard touchdown reception by receiver Antoine Morales in the 4th quarter, as well.

Day finished 15-26 for 256 passing yards and 4 touchdowns for the Red Foxes.

PC got another rushing touchdown from Powell II on a 12-yard outing and an Austin Polson touchdown reception in the second half. Powell finished with 14 carries for 117 yards.

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Hefley was 36-56 for 348 yards, 3 touchdowns and 4 interceptions.

We made a couple of mistakes and we let it snowball and we couldn’t control it. That’s just what happened on the field today. We didn’t fix it,” Shinkawa said of the defense’s meltdown.

Knowing it would be his final home game in a Blue Hose uniform, while he was disappointed he couldn’t be out on the field, senior linebacker Jarrett Nagy was grateful when thinking about his journey at PC.

You can’t control what you are given in life. You just have to make the best of it. I’m there for my teammates, supporting them the best I can. At this point in time, I’ve been blessed in my career to make it 36 games without a major injury. That’s huge. If that’s the only injury, then I made it clean during college football,” he said.

They are the first class to not have scholarships,” Kelley said of his seniors. “They started out with 55 and now there are seven of them left. The factor was let’s do it for the Jarrett Nagys that can’t play today; let’s do it for the Blake Todds that can’t play today due to a concussion. All I said was I appreciate your heart trying to play hard for somebody else.”

PC (2-8, 0-7) wraps up the 1st season of the Kevin Kelley era at St. Thomas, in St. Paul, Minn., next Saturday afternoon.

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