Football Travels to Marist on Saturday

first_img Marist Game Notes DES MOINES, Iowa — The Drake University football team is ready for the second-half of the season after coming off its bye week as the Bulldogs travel to Poughkeepsie, N.Y. to square off with Marist College Saturday at 1 p.m. EST.Saturday’s contest is the sixth meeting between Drake and Marist and the first between the programs since 2014. The Bulldogs lead the series, 5-0, and are 2-0 at Tenney Stadium. The Bulldogs fell to Dayton, 20-10, in their last time out on Oct. 7, snapping a six-game Pioneer Football League winning streak. The Red Foxes enter Saturday’s game on a two-game losing streak as they lost at Valpo 49-15 last week.Senior quarterback Grant Kraemer took a few lumps during non-conference play, but has used those lumps to get out a stellar start in conference play. Over the last three games, Kraemer is averaging 320 yards passing while completing more than 55 percent of his passes; compared to averaging 216 yards and 58 percent in the first three games of the season. He leads the PFL and ranks 18th in the country with 1,611 yards passing. Heading into the season, head coach Rick Fox knew the potential of his young receiving group had and they have shown what they are capable of. The Bulldogs’ trio of wide receivers–sophomore Mitch McFarlane and juniors Devin Cates and Steven Doran–rank in the top-20 in receiving yards in the PFL. McFarlane is leading the group with 26 receptions for 456 yards and three touchdowns. Doran has also caught three touchdowns to go with his 20 receptions for 304 yards, while Cates has tallied 21 catches for 289 yards and two touchdowns. The Bulldog defense has proven to be one of the best in the PFL as it ranks in the top-three in seven statistical categories. Drake leads the league in total defense (299.0) and first downs (15.7) and ranks second in pass defense efficiency (99.2), passing yards (194.3 ypg.) and scoring (16.3 ppg.). The Red Foxes offense is led by one of the top receivers in the PFL, Juston Christian. Christian leads the league with 41 receptions with a team-best 632 yards. Defensively, Wesley Beans leads the squad with 46 tackles including 27 solo stops. Peter Dalatour paces the front three with three sacks and three quarterback hurries.Print Friendly Version Audio Live Stats Video Streaming Drake Game Notes Story Linkslast_img