The second half of Friday night's football game was a good one for Benet. It just wasn't good enough to overcome Marist's first half.
Marist remained undefeated with a 38-24 East Suburban Catholic Conference victory at Benedictine University in Lisle after getting out to a 21-0 halftime lead.
"I just told our team, obviously this is a great football team that we played, but they didn't show any quit," Benet coach Pat New said. "That's all we can ask of our guys: Play your tails off and don't quit."
The Redwings (5-3, 4-2) opened the third quarter with a 24-yard Victor Karam field goal. Then they finished with 3 fourth-quarter touchdowns.
Offensive lineman Nick Arrowsmith scored the Redwings' first touchdown with 8:20 left in the game, falling on a Benet fumble in the end zone to cut the RedHawks lead to 31-10. With 2:02 to play sophomore quarterback Colin Gillespie ran for an 8-yard TD, and Marist led 38-17. And with 25 seconds left Benet junior linebacker recovered a Marist fumble and ran 56 yards for a touchdown.
"I thought he really grew up in the second (half), especially the fourth quarter," New said of Gillespie. "He really threw some nice balls, and he's capable of it. He's got great ability. So we have total confidence in him."
Marist quarterback Mike Markett proved difficult for the Redwings to stop. He ran for 128 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries. He was 20-of-28 passing for 210 yards and another TD. Most of those passes went to sophomore receiver Jadon Thompson. Thompson finished with 9 catches for 120 yards, including a 70-yard TD to open the scoring for Marist (8-0, 6-0).
"He's a great player," New said of Markett. "All these great (Division I Marist) players, and they are great players, and he is right up there with all those guys. He's an excellent player."