In a game of ups and downs Saturday afternoon, the Millersville Marauders eventually fell to Long Island University Post by a score of 20-15. The loss drops the Marauders to 2-6, just 1-4 in PSAC East play. LIU Post entered the game with 2-4 record, coming off of four consecutive losses after they began their season by winning each of their first two contests. Though LIU Post got off to a 13-0 start, the Marauders pulled to within 5 points, a one possession game, at one point, putting them in prime position to take the lad. However they were unable to finish the comeback, failing to make two key third down stops on the final drive of the game.
From the onset, the game looked as though it would be a defensive battle. The score remained tied at zero until the closing minute of the first quarter, when LIU Post quarterback Tyler Heuer heaved an 82 yard bomb to wideout Kameron Palmer to put the Pioneers up by 6 after an unsuccessful two point conversion attempt. The single Hail Mary pass made up almost 75% of Heuer’s total passing yards for the day, and was Palmers only catch.
After a touchdown and point after early in the second, the Pioneers stood with a solid 13 point lead. That lead, however, held for less than 20 second, on the first play of the Marauders’ ensuing drive runningback Ian Sadon took a handoff 75 yards to the house, cutting the deficit to just 7 after a missed PAT.
After another rushing score from Post and a field goal from Millersville kicker Garrett Mayhhart the Marauders found themselves down by 11 with just under 8 minutes to go in the third. Good defensive showings from both teams held the score at 20-9 heading into the fourth. The Marauders, having played solid defense all game, were determined to spoil LIU Post’s homecoming game, coming off a huge homecoming win over Cheney themselves. Two key interceptions in the fourth put the Marauders in position to strike, the latter by Lou Brown putting them on Post’s 33 yard line with just over 5 minutes remaining. A personal foul pushed the Marauders forward 15 yards to the 18, where four handoffs, the last to Myron Myles, cut Post’s lead to five following another missed conversion attempt.
With roughly 4 minutes remaining in the contest, the Pioneers took over possession at the Marauder 30, looking to hold the ball to run out the clock and seal their third win of the year. Two successful third down conversions, including a pivotal 3rd and 10 allowed them to do just that.
In a game featuring many second string players, Post proved that although they were fielding an inexperienced quarterback, they could use their ground game to more than make up for it. The Marauders began the game with Ted Stachitas under center, however after just four attempted passes, freshman Connor Casey had to step in yet again to shoulder the load.
Starting runningback Mike Jones failed to record a carry on the game, allowing redshirt junior Sadon to take over. Both Sadon and Myles had good games on the ground; however they were outshined by the Pioneers running game, which amassed nearly 300 rushing yards and two scores.
The Marauder defense picked off Heuer three times, including senior Nate Hinkle’s second in two games. A strong pass defense was not enough to give the Marauders their second victory on the year, however.
Their next attempt to record their third win comes next Saturday at Kutztown at 6 pm.