Yellow vests bitten by engineers – École Polytechnique
The Engineers started the second half with possession. The first and the 20th, Marinopoulos pierced a pass to Palmer for a gain of 26 yards, crossing the Engineers into enemy territory. On the next play, the Engineers opted for a screen to place wide receiver Peter Lombardi ’22 on the right. A solid blockade opened a way for him, eventually reaching 15 before being tackled. After two relatively unsuccessful games, the Engineers faced third and eight. Palmer created enough distance from his marker to make an unchallenged reception in the end zone for his second touchdown of the game. RPI was up 24:14 with 11:12 remaining in the quarter.
A firm defense from the RPI stopped the Yellowjackets again, forcing them out three and three. The Engineer’s offense steadily won the first downs, reaching Rochester 22. In the third and fifth, the rushers put pressure on Marinopoulos. He must have pulled the ball out of his hands quickly and noticed the unmarked wide receiver Deen Ninche ’23 running towards the end zone. Marinopolous ‘pass was perfectly placed, despite the pressure, and the Engineers’ lead was increased to 31:14 with 5:49 left in the third quarter.
Once again, the Engineer’s dominant defense quickly ended Rochester’s drive. The engineer’s offense went three and away on the next drive. Zac Montrief’s (GR) punt landed at RPI 47, but, unfortunately for Rochester, immediately struck the leg of a Yellowjacket and was picked up by Engineers. The quarter ended 31’14 and the engineer possession continued into the last quarter.
In second and 7th at Yellowjacket 19, Marinopolous threw a full back at McDonald. The trap play was enough of a distraction for Lombardi to find enough space in the end zone. All Rochester could do was watch McDonald throw the ball to Lombardi for another touchdown, increasing the score to 3814 with 14:29 remaining.
The RPI defense continued to perform exceptionally well as another practice was completed. Unlike their counterparts, the Engineer’s offensive has started to stop. There were a few good games, but overall nothing special as the Engineers had to kick. Montrief’s punt rebounded and headed for the end zone, but Davis managed to prevent the ball from landing there in style, knocking it down just inches from the goal line.
The Yellowjackets weren’t fazed by their awful position on the field, coming up the field with momentum. The Engineer’s defense folded but didn’t break, managing to force a turnaround on the downs to his own five-yard line. The offense returned, trying to run the remaining three minutes. Receiver Dillon Smith ’22 received the transfer and attempted to run down the middle. Defensive lineman Yianni Koutsofavas managed to release the ball and Rochester recovered the fumble at Engineer 30.
The Yellowjackets took advantage of the reckless rotation, quickly gaining ground with a pass. They were close enough to the goal line that a powerful stampede pushed them across the line and into the end zone. Rather than throwing the extra point, Rochester opted for a two-point conversion. The game was good and the score became 38‒22 with 1:34 remaining. The Yellowjackets attempted a back kick, but failed to retrieve the ball. Engineers ran over time.
The victory brings the engineers record to 5‒0, preserving their unbeaten season. They are looking to pursue him at home against Liberty League opponents Buffalo State on October 9.
Watch the match broadcast on RPI TV here.