The promising start to the Marauders’ season came to an abrupt halt against Mercyhurst in week two. The Lakers’ rushing attack racked up 372 yards on their way to a 45-7 win, in front of 1,188 fans at Beimesderfer Stadium.
Dynamic rushers, Brandon Brown-Dukes and Allen Jones II, combined to 39 carries total for 349 yards. Brown-Dukes scampered for three of Mercyhurst’s six touchdowns on the afternoon. Quarterback Andy Vendemia attempted 11 passes and completed seven with one touchdown.
Millersville struggled on the offensive, totaling six consecutive punts after the opening drive ended when Ted Stachitas was intercepted by Linnel Robinson at the six yard line. Stachitas was under duress all afternoon; “We were able to get some pressure on the quarterback. I don’t know if he [Stachitas] was uncomfortable but he didn’t get real comfortable,” said Mercyhurst head coach, Marty Schaetzle. The MU offensive line gave up six sacks during the contest.
Junior kicker, Sam Wakefield, booted a 46-yard field goal with 5:04 left in the first quarter, giving Mercyhurst the 3-0 lead. The next three Lakers’ touchdowns all came on the ground and Millersville found themselves behind 24-0. With time winding down in the second quarter, Vendemia found Paris Bruner for a 52-yard touchdown pass with 23 seconds left in the first half.
Mercyhurst led 31-0 at half time, when inclement weather delayed the game for about an hour.
Millersville finally put points on the board as sophomore quarterback, Sean Waterman, led a nine play, 58-yard scoring drive with 4:02 left in the game. Stachitas, who rushed for 120 yards and 166 yards in the air last week, was held to 79 yards on the ground and 80 passing.
Marauders’ coach, Greg Colby, said it best: “They’re big, they’re physical and they beat us up front on both sides of the ball.” MU totaled 255 yards, 149 of them on the ground and 106 in the passing game. A stark contrast to week one’s output of 234 yards rushing and 166 yard passing, totaling 400 yards of offense.
Perhaps the words from coach Schaetzle are evident of an MU team that simply had an off day: “Watching them on film playing last week, I know there a lot better team than that.”
West Chester will host Millersville next Saturday at 6 p.m. for their first road game of 2012