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Marauders squander early lead in loss to Lock Haven

Kevin Vogan
Staff Writer

Men’s football fought their way back from a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter, only to immediately see the hometown Bald Eagles drive the length of the field and score a touchdown for a 17-10 win.

Lock Haven’s first two scores game in the first quarter, but an Evan Stahl 20-yard field goal chipped some of the lead away late in the second quarter. After adding a David Coates three-yard run, Millersville were able to tie the score with 7:49 left.

The valiant effort by the Marauders was not enough.

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QB J.J. Paige threw for 199 yards and added 65 on the ground while filling in for the injured Matt Misley.
QB J.J. Paige threw for 199 yards and added 65 on the ground while filling in for the injured Matt Misley.

All it took was a six play drive—71 yards, and the Bald Eagles scored on a 21-yard effort by Beau Swales. Millersville tried to answer on the other end, but a sack eventually led to a miscommunicated turnover on the 38 yard line. But a strong defensive effort force Lock Haven to punt with 1:57 left in the game.

It was an uphill battle though, as quarterback J.J. Paige had to operate the Marauder two-minute drill from their own 6-yard line. But more offensive line woes saw Paige being sacked on both first and second down. Two incomplete passes later, and Millersville found themselves out of time and fell to 0-8

After the game, box stats showed that Millersville out-gained Lock Haven with 321 yards to 274. Millersville also called a total of 22 first downs, with lock haven only registering 14. P.J. Santos and Joey Pham both has an interception for the day as-well.

The Marauders did have plenty of chances to take over the game, but failed to execute. In the second and third quarters alone, Millersville drove into the redone up to six times.

Quarterback J.J. Paige finished the game 15-of-30 for 199 yards. He also led rushing with 64 yards on 19 carries. Kevin Wiggins and Malont’a Patterson each collected 12 receptions from Paige, with Patterson tallying his second 100 yard game of the season.

Millersville will hope to collect their first win of the season next Saturday when they host Shippensburg in the final home stand of the season. The Marauders will then finish out by traveling to Cheyney and Edinboro to verse the Fighting Scots.