Marciano’s exploits help Cougars ward off Fighting Saints
He wears No. 2, but Dave Marciano likely became Public Enemy No. 1 to the University of St. Francis following his exploits on St. Xavier University’s behalf Saturday night in Joliet.
While Marciano is a starting linebacker for the Cougars, his defensive presence was only part of the reason the Fighting Saints failed to knock off their longtime Mid-States Football Association rival. Even more vital among the senior’s contributions were a school-record-setting 81-yard punt return and the runback of a blocked extra point in the fourth quarter.
By returning the ball to the USF end zone in the latter instance, Marciano registered a safety for his team, which stretched SXU’s lead out to 24-19. The NAIA fifth-ranked Cougars added two touchdowns after that to exit Memorial Stadium in possession of a 37-25 victory over the No. 22 Saints.
“He’s our outside linebacker, and he’s got three touchdowns and two points on a safety this season — that’s pretty good production,” SXU coach Mike Feminis said with a chuckle. “I was very happy to come out of there with a win, and those were some big plays.