In a 45-8 blowout victory over host Middletown, which featured six trips to the end zone ranging from long scoring runs to interception returns, it was a 1-yard touchdown run from a backup quarterback that meant the most to the Franklin D. Roosevelt football team on Friday night.
Junior signal-caller Alex Marinelli ran for 30 yards, including a fourth-quarter touchdown, the first of his varsity career. His father, longtime Marist College Coordinator of Sports Medicine Glenn Marinelli, has been fighting cancer for over two years, but made the trip to Middletown to watch the Presidents on Friday, just as he traveled to the field Thursday, before the teams’ game was postponed a night due to rain.
“Alex is a great kid,” Roosevelt coach Brian Bellino said. “We just wanted to do something for the Marinelli family. … We decided to dedicate the game ball and the game to the family.”
The Presidents (2-0) were in the position to make such a fourth-quarter gesture thanks to their defense, which “was flying,” according to their coach.
Mike Bryan put his team on the board in the first quarter with an 84-yard interception return, one of four turnovers in the game. Their last score came on Will Graga’s 15-yard fumble return. Middletown was blanked until the final quarter.
“For two games we’ve been unbelievable defensively,” Bellino said.
Dan Pelkey scored on a pair of runs, from 14 yards and 31, and Mike DuPilka threw a 22-yard TD to Ryan Paul. Avery Strother added 132 rushing yards.