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Big Green football grabs another big win, defeating Marist 49-7

  • Caylin Parker

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 10/19/2019 10:21:55 PM
Modified: 10/19/2019 10:21:53 PM

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. — Another week, another rout for the undefeated Dartmouth College football team, which pounded Marist, 49-7, on Saturday during its final nonleague game.

Caylin Parker ran for two touchdowns against Marist and Connor Rempel caught two more as Dartmouth won its 16th consecutive nonleague game and dropped the Red Foxes to 1-5.

The Big Green, 5-0 overall and 2-0 in Ivy League play, hosts Columbia (2-3, 1-1), on Friday night, then visits arch-rival Harvard (4-1) eight days later. The next week brings a trip to Yankee Stadium to clash with defending Ivy League champion Princeton (5-0). Dartmouth finished second in the standings last year after a narrow loss to the Tigers.

The Big Green were in control from the opening kick, racking up 432 yards of offense while holding Marist to 190. Eighty five of those came on the hosts’ touchdown drive near the end of the game.

Dartmouth utilized three quarterbacks — Jared Gerbino during the first quarter, Derek Kyler during the second and Jake Pallotta after intermission — who combined to complete 18 of 27 passes for 208 yards and three touchdowns. Each threw one touchdown, the longest a 66-yard connection to Drew Estrada, who led the Big Green with three catches for 90 yards.

Dartmouth’s ground game produced 224 yards (5.2 per carry) and three touchdowns. Parker had 64 yards in eight carries, one a 43-yard scoring scamper and the other a 1-yard bull run. Dakari Falconer provided the final Dartmouth touchdown of the day with a 38-yard burst through the line on the first play of the fourth quarter, the last of his 61 yards in seven carries.

After receiving the opening kick, Dartmouth marched 75 yards in 13 plays, Gerbino converting four third-down situations along the way. Rempel hauled in a 4-yard toss and Connor Davis added the extra point for a 7-0 lead after six minutes.

The Dartmouth defense quickly forced a punt, and Gerbino sliced up the Red Foxes secondary, completing 4 of 5 passes for 44 yards during a nine-play, 63-yard drive capped by Parker’s short run.

The defense provided the third Big Green score when linebacker Jack Traynor picked off a fourth-down pass tipped at the line. The senior raced 55 yards for his second touchdown of the season a minute into the second quarter for a 21-0 lead. Traynor picked off another pass later in the afternoon.

Again the defense stifled Marist with another three-and-out, giving Dartmouth the ball at its 34. When Kyler stepped behind center for the first time, he threw long to Estrada for a 66-yard score. Parker added his 43-yard touchdown run before the half closed, leaving the Big Green with a 35-0 lead at the intermission.

Marist completed 24 of 41 passes for 169 yards and one touchdown and suffered three interceptions. The running game produced 21 yards in 14 carries.

Notes: The game was the first football meeting between the schools. … Every Dartmouth player in uniform saw action with 30 players recording defensive stats. … The Big Green have outscored its opponents by a 77-0 margin in the first quarter and 192-41 overall this season. … Dartmouth leads the NCAA Football Championship Series in fewest points allowed (8.2 per game). … After not picking off a pass in the first three games, the Big Green have five in the last two contests. … Estrada became the 23rd player in Big Green history with 1,000 receiving yards in a career (79 catches, 1,057 yards).

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