New Hampshire Football Report

Dartmouth remains unbeaten

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. — The 21st-ranked Dartmouth Big Green had no trouble in its final non-conference game of the season, defeating Marist on the road, 49-7, on Saturday afternoon at Tenney Stadium.

Caylin Parker ran for two scores and Connor Rempel caught two more as Dartmouth won its 16th straight non-conference game and remained undefeated at 5-0. The Red Foxes dropped to 1-5.


The Big Green was in control from the opening kick, racking up 432 yards of offense and holding Marist to 190, 85 of which came on a touchdown drive near the end of the fourth quarter.

Dartmouth utilized three quarterbacks — Jared Gerbino in the first quarter, Derek Kyler in the second and Jake Pallotta for the last two — who combined to complete 18 of 27 passes for 208 yards and three scores with one interception. Each of the trio threw one touchdown, the longest a 66-yard bomb to wide receiver Drew Estrada, who led the Big Green with three catches for 90 yards and surpassed 1,000 career yards with his touchdown haul.

The ground game produced 224 yards (5.2 per carry) and three touchdowns as well with Parker leading the way with 64 yards on eight carries, one a 43-yard scoring scamper on a fourth-and-two play in the second quarter, the other a 1-yard bull run into the end zone late in the first quarter. Dakari Falconer provided the final Dartmouth touchdown of the day with a 38-yard burst through the line on the first play of the fourth quarter, the last of his 61 yards on seven carries.

After receiving the opening kick, Gerbino marched the Green 75 yards in 13 plays, converting four third downs along the way. Rempel hauled in a 4-yard toss for the game’s first points, and Connor Davis added the PAT for a 7-0 lead after barely six minutes.

The Dartmouth defense quickly forced a punt, and Gerbino sliced up the Red Foxes secondary, completing 4-of-5 tosses for 44 yards, during a nine-play, 63-yard drive capped by Parker’s short run.

The defense provided the third Big Green score when linebacker Jack Traynor picked off a fourth-down pass tipped at the line and raced 55 yards for his second touchdown of the season a minute after the start of the second quarter for a 21-0 advantage. The senior captain added another interception before the end of the half as well.

Again the defense stifled Marist with another three-and-out, giving Dartmouth the ball at its 34. When Kyler stepped behind center for the first time, his first order of business was beating the Red Foxes deep, which he did with a long toss to Estrada for the 66-yard score. Parker added his 43-yard touchdown run before the half closed, leaving the Big Green with a 35-0 lead at the intermission.

The numbers were a stark contrast in the first half with Dartmouth outgaining Marist, 271-68, with 12 first downs to just three for the Red Foxes.

The third quarter was mostly more of the same as the Red Foxes were limited to 28 yards of offense with a pair of turnovers, one a fumble on a lateral, the other an inteception by linebacker Tanner Cross that set up the Green’s sixth touchdown. Pallotta connected on his first two passes for a total of 25 yards before hooking up with Rempel on a third-and-goal play at the one, his first career touchdown pass and Rempel’s second scoring catch of the day.

Marist punted for the seventh of nine times on the afternoon with freshman Jamal Cooney returning it 13 yards to the Red Fox 38. When play resumed for the fourth quarter, Falconer wasted no time slicing through the defense for a 38-yard run to the end zone and a 49-0 bulge.

The Red Foxes lone score came on their final possession, covering 85 yards in nine plays and ending on a 16-yard pass from Matt Edwards to Sean Gaffney. Edwards, Marist’s third-string quarterback, was perfect on the day on his nine throws for 85 yards, the three QBs ended the day 24-of-41 for 169 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions. The running game was stymied, gaining a mere 21 yards on 14 carries.

Dartmouth (2-0 Ivy) will next host Columbia (2-3, 1-1 Ivy) on Friday (6 p.m.) in a game televised on ESPNU with Bill Spaulding and Jack Ford on the call at Memorial Field.


NOTES: This was the first meeting on the gridiron between the Big Green and Marist. … Estrada has 79 catches for 1,057 yards with the Big Green, becoming the 23rd player to reach the milestone … The Big Green has outscored its opponents by a 77-0 margin in the first quarter and 192-41 overall this season. … Dartmouth leads the FCS in fewest points allowed (8.2 per game). … After not picking off a pass in the first three games, the Green have five in the last two contests.

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