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Marauders lose heartbreaker in closing seconds of football season opener

Brenden Curry
Staff Writer

Millersville began the 2014 football season with a heartbreaking 46-44 loss to the Livingstone Bears on Thursday night. “In order to win a football game, you have to go through the whole process,” Millersville head coach Greg Breitbach said. “We had multiple opportunities to win the game and we didn’t do it.

Quarterback Matt Misley hrew for 244 yards and added 80 on the ground in the loss.
Quarterback Matt Misley hrew for 244 yards and added 80 on the ground in the loss.

Quarterback Matt Misley threw a 64 yard touchdown pass to freshman Kevin Wiggins Jr. giving the Marauders an early 6-0 lead. Wiggins’ touchdown turned out to be his first college reception.

Livingstone quarterback Drew Powell then scored a 1 yard touchdown run late in the first quarter. The extra point made by Leonardo Manzo gave the Bears a 7-6 lead.

Early in the second quarter, Bears running back Clawsondy Cayo scored a 1 yard touchdown to give Livingstone a 13-6 lead. The Bears’ extra point attempt however, was blocked by Trenton Petrovich.

Safety PJ Santos recovered a fumble  and ran it back for a touchdown.
Safety PJ Santos recovered a fumble and ran it back for a touchdown.

On the first drive in the second quarter, Matt Misley completed passes to Malont’a Patterson and Brett Collins to give the Marauders two first downs. The ten play drive resulted in a 30 yard field goal made by sophomore Evan Stahl to bring the Marauders within four.

“I feel that I have chemistry with everybody,” Misley said. “It just happens that we put him [Patterson] in a position to use his speed.”

Near the end of the first half, Misley then threw a two yard touchdown pass to Trenton Petrovich to give the Marauders a 16-13 lead. The Marauders offensively finished the half with 149 passing yards and 106 rushing yards.

Millersville’s defense had a fast start to begin the second half. Outside linebacker Logan Kinser intercepted a pass from Drew Powell and ran for 30 yards to the Livingstone 31.

The interception by Kinser benefitted the Marauders. Matt Misley connected with Malont’a Patterson to score a 41 yard touchdown. Stahl’s extra point gave Millersville a 23-13 lead. Patterson then scored a 44 yard touchdown on the ground extending Millersville’s lead to 30-13.

However, Livingstone wasn’t out of the game just yet. Powell threw a 14 yard touchdown pass to Jalen Hendricks to get the Bears within ten points a few minutes later.

Molont’a Patterson exploded with 160 all purpose yards and 3 scores.
Molont’a Patterson exploded with 160 all purpose yards and 3 scores.

At the 6:10 mark, safety PJ Santos recovered a fumble made by Drew Powell and then ran 14 yards to give Millersville a 37-20 lead. Two minutes later, Drew Powell threw a 43 yard pass to Jalen Hendricks to get the Bears within nine entering the fourth quarter.

“We put some more pressure on the quarterback than we had in the past,” Breitbach said. “We won the turnover battle which was a point of emphasis for us and our guys pursued the ball very well.”

Matt Misley began the fourth quarter with a 12 yard pass to Malont’a Patterson to extend the Marauder lead to 44-26. Drew Powell responded three minutes later with a 33 yard pass to Hendricks for the score.

At the 1:26 mark, Powell once again connected with Hendricks for a 16 yard touchdown. The touchdown by Hendricks got the Bears within four and needing a touchdown to win. Livingstone then decided to go for the onside kick with junior Billy Moore recovering the kick for the Bears. A 25 yard touchdown reception by Jalen Hendricks gave the Bears a 46-44 lead. Millersville’s final drive featured three completed passes thrown by Matt Misley. Misley then handed the ball off to running back Myron Miles to get them at the Livingstone 23 yard line.

Head coach Greg Breitbach then decided to go for the game-winning field goal on third-down. With 00:09 left, Evan Stahl missed the potential game winning 40 yard field goal attempt.

“It’s the coaches’ decision and I felt confident right with him to go for the field goal,” Freshman Malont’a Patterson commented on Coach Breitbach’s decision.

The Marauders will try to rebound from the loss to Livingstone on Saturday, September 13th when they host Clarion at Chryst Field at Biemesderfer Stadium at 4pm.

“There’s a lot of football to be played this season and we better use this as a learning experience and rebound from.” Head coach Greg Breitbach said. “I feel we played good enough but we have to do the little things right,” Millersville quarterback Matt Misley said. “Losses like that do hurt, but you can’t let it determine the rest your season.”