While Marist fans aren’t likely to soon forget graduated quarterback Ian Woodworth and the pinball-like offensive numbers he helped the RedHawks put up during his two varsity seasons, Jack Donegan gave them something new to remember Friday night.
For sure, visiting Brother Rice players won’t get Donegan out of their minds for a while. That’s what a six-touchdown passing night will do for a signal-caller’s reputation.
And the scoring throws were only part of the damage Marist’s senior QB inflicted upon the Crusaders in just his second varsity start. Donegan completed all but four of his 27 aerial attempts, a show of accuracy that led to 341 yards through the air.
With that assault serving as their linchpin, the RedHawks piled up points in a hurry. Twenty-eight of them in the opening stanza quickly turned this latest edition of a storied neighborhood rivalry ugly, and Marist went on to pocket a surprisingly lopsided 55-14 victory in Mount Greenwood.
“It’s one of those games that can [usually] go either way,” RedHawks coach Pat Dunne said. “I’m very happy with the way the guys came out and proud of how focused they were the entire game. They obviously understood the urgency they had to have.