Football Tames the Lions for Their Second Win of the Season

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Published October 16, 2019
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Red Hawks junior linebacker Isaiah James cheering on his teammates against TCNJ. Photo courtesy of Nicolette Lepore

After what seemed like a rocky start to their season, the Montclair State University football team bounced back from their recent loss with a 10-7 win over The College of New Jersey Lions.

The Lions scored a touchdown on the game’s first opening drive. The Red Hawks quickly responded with a 55-yard possession which led to sophomore kicker Anthony Marinelli’s 30-yard field goal kick. This put the Red Hawks on the scoreboard, making the game 7-3 at the end of the first quarter.

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Red Hawks senior defensive back Jaier Garrett on the field at TCNJ Saturday.
Photo courtesy of Nicolette Lepore

Sixteen consecutive possessions had both teams at the same score throughout the second and third quarter. With just 3:01 left in the game, senior wide receiver Kason Campbell scored a 10-yard touchdown on fourth and goal from senior quarterback Ja’Quill Burch.

Campbell, who had six receptions for 86 yards and the winning touchdown, believes the Red Hawks are making a strong redemption compared to the beginning of the season.

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Junior defensive back Zahir Wilder smiling on the field, as the Red Hawks beat TCNJ 10-7.
Photo courtesy of Nicolette Lepore

“I feel like we played through adversity, we are always down at one point but then we came together and regrouped as a team,” Campbell said. “We made things happen. We didn’t give up, we kept pounding.”

The Red Hawks are set to face Christopher Newport University, who are currently 1-4, this Saturday at Sprague field. Assistant Coach and recruiting coordinator Mike Palazzo believes there is still work to be done before the next match.

“We have to start fast, we sometimes like to gage our opponent early on and just play to them instead of playing our game and starting the game out the right way,” Palazzo said. “It took us 57 minutes to take the lead on Saturday, I’d like to have the lead earlier for this weekend.”

The Red Hawks take on Christopher Newport University at 2:00 pm this Saturday for Montclair State’s annual homecoming game.

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