RedHawks declaw Cougars to begin playoffs
For once, Marist’s first playoff game wasn’t also its last.
Ever since the RedHawks advanced all the way to the Class 8A title contest in 2009, the postseason has not been good to them. Three straight opening-round losses sent Marist away unfulfilled each time, and before Friday night’s matchup with Plainfield South had gone very far, a similar fate looked to be a distinct possibility.
The RedHawks committed turnovers on their first two offensive possessions, and one of them laid the groundwork for a Cougars touchdown. Josh Harris scored it on a 40-yard run.
“That was not the start that we wanted,” Marist coach Pat Dunne said. “But we’re zeroed in on this year’s team, not what happened before. We’ve been in a lot of different situations this year, so [our players] didn’t hang their heads.”