Crimson Hawks soar past yet another struggling Marauder football defense

Chris Norton
Sports Editor

Facing yet another ranked opponent, the Marauders sought to defeat the No. 22 Crimson Hawks on Saturday, only to be left in a trail of offensive dust as they were handed a 41-7 loss. The win puts Indiana University of Pennsylvania at 4-1, after suffering a devastating 27-25 loss to California University of Pennsylvania the week before. With their fourth consecutive loss, Millersville drops to a disappointing 1-4 record. It was also their third consecutive game being held under 250 total yards of offense, and only scoring one touchdown. However, the Marauders managed to gain 87 rushing yards; the most against the Crimson Hawks this season, who have the top rushing defenses in Division II football. Before Saturday’s match against Millersville, they allowed a measly 28.8 yards per game.

The Marauders continue to struggle against ranked opponents, but hope to overcome this.

Sean Quarterman, making the first start of his career after Ted Stachitas left last week’s game with an injury, accounted for 52 of the Marauder’s rushing yards on one carry in the second quarter. Despite it being the longest run against Indiana (P.a.) this season, Millersville was unable to maintain any other aspect of their defense. They were held to just 55 yards passing as Quarterman completed 5 of 18 passes, throwing two interceptions. After trailing 21-0, the Marauders managed to score one touchdown after a scoring drought when Quarterman took a quarterback sneak from the 1-yard line into the end-zone with 28 seconds left in the half. The successful drive began after defensive end Reggie Slaton returned a fumble 40 yards.
For the second consecutive week, Quarterman led Millersville in rushing, despite being sacked five times and numerous negative plays, putting his total rushing at 35 yards. Brent Collins eventually contributed to the rushing game, totaling 21 yards on six carries. On the other hand, the Crimson Hawks had a season-high 346 passing yards, with a 552 total offensive yards. Though many Marauders had impressive games, their fight was not enough to stop IUP’s relentless offense. Unfortunately, the road does not get easier from here. Millersville plays its third-straight nationally ranked opponent next Saturday; Bloomsburg. The anticipated match begins at 12:30 p.m. at Biemesderfer Stadium.