Sunday, September 15, 2019

Saturday Wrap

Dartmouth's three nonconference opponents went 2-1 Saturday with Jacksonville and Marist grabbing their first wins and Colgate, which was expected to be the best of the bunch, remaining winless, albeit against the toughest competition.

Trailing by three points midway through the fourth quarter, the Dolphins put together a 10-play, 73-yard drive without throwing a pass to wrestle away the lead and then salted the game away with an eight-play, 40-yard drive – again all on the ground – to improve to 1-1. Presbyterian fell to 0-2.

Calvin Turner Jr. was 3-for-7 passing for 12 yards as Jacksonville's Army-like offense picked up 304 of its 316 yards on the ground. Turner ran for 114 yards and fullback Garnett Nicolas 112.

Presbyterian managed only 50 yards through the air and 206 yards total as Jacksonville held the ball for 40 minutes and 27 seconds to the Blue Hose's 19:33. The Dolphins outscored their hosts in the fourth quarter, 20-7. Attendance was 2,208.

Trailing by four points, Marist got a 74-yard catch and run touchdown from Anthony Olivencia to pull out the win. Olivencia finished with 150 yards and two touchdowns on just four receptions as two Marist quarterbacks were a combined 15-of-29 for 302 yards.

Mekhai Johnson ran for 125 yards and one touchdown with a TD run of 54 yards and a fourth quarter run of 51 that would have locked the game up only to see him fumble the ball across the end zone at the end of the run for a touchback that gave the ball to Stetson with 58 seconds remaining. The Hatters drove to the 48 only to see the march end on downs.

Both teams are now 1-1. Attendance at Marist was 1,456.

After pulling within a touchdown midway through the third quarter the Raiders gave up a 93-yard kickoff return for a score on the ensuing kickoff to stretch the W&M lead to 24-10. The home team then put up two fourth-quarter touchdowns to win going away.

Colgate lost standout quarterback Grant Breneman to injury on the first series and subsequently was held to 14 first downs and 215 yards of total offense. Attendance was 6,777.

W&M is now 2-1 while the Raiders fell to 0-3. Colgate's three losses are to teams that are a combined 7-1 with the only loss being William & Mary falling to Virginia.
Jake Novak's Roar Lions 2019 blog picks Dartmouth to win it all. His predictions:

1. Dartmouth
2. Columbia
3. Yale
4. Princeton
5. Harvard
6. Penn
7. Brown
8. Cornell

Read Jake's capsules on each team HERE.

Green Alert Take: Not much to quibble with, but could anyone have imagined five years ago a knowledgeable follower of Ivy League football picking Harvard and Penn fifth and sixth?
Dartmouth has its final day off today before Saturday's opener at Jacksonville. Check BGA Premium tonight for the last in a three-part update on this year's freshman class.