Marauders fall against Griffins

Brenden Curry

Staff Writer

A second straight fast start wasn’t enough for Millersville to go 2-0 and extend their recent winning streak.

Despite scoring on the first drive for the second straight week, the Millersville Marauders lost a close, evenly matched game to the Seton Hill Griffins.

The Griffins defeated the Marauders, 38-24 on Saturday afternoon at Biemesderfer Stadium. The game also marked the first meeting between the two schools.
“I thought they played with a lot of heart, energy and emotion,” Breitbach commented on his team. “Ultimately, you’ve got play clean enough to win and we didn’t do that today.”

“I thought they played with a lot of heart, energy and emotion,” Breitbach commented on his team. “Ultimately, you’ve got play clean enough to win and we didn’t do that today.”
A 58 yard kick return from Christian Kemp allowed the Marauder offense to begin at the Seton Hill 35 yard line.

A 58 yard kick return from Christian Kemp allowed the Marauder offense to begin at the Seton Hill 35 yard line.
Two plays later, Millersville quarterback JJ Paige threw a 39-yard pass to Kemp for the game’s first score.

Two plays later, Millersville quarterback JJ Paige threw a 39-yard pass to Kemp for the game’s first score.
The Griffins instantly responded with a 35-yard kickoff return by Michael Benton-Ferguson. The four play drive resulted in a 25-yard touchdown run by running back Jarvis McClam.

The Griffins instantly responded with a 35-yard kickoff return by Michael Benton-Ferguson. The four play drive resulted in a 25-yard touchdown run by running back Jarvis McClam.
Midway through the first quarter, Griffin quarterback Christian Strong completed an 8-yard pass to Norman Darden. On the same play, a fumble was forced by Millersville’s Alpha Khan. Reigning PSAC East Defensive Player of the Week, Jaleel Robinson recovered the fumble committed by Darden.

Midway through the first quarter, Griffin quarterback Christian Strong completed an 8-yard pass to Norman Darden. On the same play, a fumble was forced by Millersville’s Alpha Khan. Reigning PSAC East Defensive Player of the Week, Jaleel Robinson recovered the fumble committed by Darden.
Towards the end of the quarter, Seton Hill managed to break the 7-7 tie by a 25-yard field goal by Santiago Henao.

Towards the end of the quarter, Seton Hill managed to break the 7-7 tie by a 25-yard field goal by Santiago Henao.
A few minutes into the second quarter, a 45-yard reception made by wide receiver Nii Kotei Nikoi gave Millersville a 14-10 lead.

A few minutes into the second quarter, a 45-yard reception made by wide receiver Nii Kotei Nikoi gave Millersville a 14-10 lead.
On the next Griffin drive, McClam’s second touchdown snatched the lead away from the Marauders.

On the next Griffin drive, McClam’s second touchdown snatched the lead away from the Marauders.
The Griffins led 17-14 at the half.

The Griffins led 17-14 at the half.
Seton Hill would then score on their first drive of the second half. The 25-yard reception by Arden Brown extended the lead to 24-14.

Seton Hill would then score on their first drive of the second half. The 25-yard reception by Arden Brown extended the lead to 24-14.
The Marauder defense forced another Seton Hill fumble early in the third quarter.

The Marauder defense forced another Seton Hill fumble early in the third quarter.
Safety, PJ Santos forced the fumble committed by Christian Strong. The ball was recovered by another safety, Tyler Sprangler at the Millersville 44 yard line.

Safety, PJ Santos forced the fumble committed by Christian Strong. The ball was recovered by another safety, Tyler Sprangler at the Millersville 44 yard line.
The Marauders took full advantage of the turnover. On second down and 10, running back Phil Overton ran 16 yards to the end zone that got Millersville within three points.

The Marauders took full advantage of the turnover. On second down and 10, running back Phil Overton ran 16 yards to the end zone that got Millersville within three points.
On Seton Hill’s next possession, only one play was needed to widen the deficit once more.

On Seton Hill’s next possession, only one play was needed to widen the deficit once more.
Jarvis McClam would score his third touchdown on the game off of an 83-yard pass from Christian Strong.

Jarvis McClam would score his third touchdown on the game off of an 83-yard pass from Christian Strong.
With the score at 31-21, the Marauders had a promising drive that overlapped into the fourth quarter which included three first downs.

With the score at 31-21, the Marauders had a promising drive that overlapped into the fourth quarter which included three first downs.
It ended on a 32-yard field goal from Evan Stahl, who went 0-3 in the season opener against Pace.
“It is critical because it’s points on and off the board,” Breitbach commented on field goals. “When you’re in situations to make field goals, you have to maximize and make them. Today, we did.”

“It is critical because it’s points on and off the board,” Breitbach commented on field goals. “When you’re in situations to make field goals, you have to maximize and make them. Today, we did.”
At around the 10-minute mark, Evan Byrd’s 19-yard first down run led to a lead-extending score. Khalil Howard’s 2 yard run into the end zone extended their lead to 38-24.

At around the 10-minute mark, Evan Byrd’s 19-yard first down run led to a lead-extending score. Khalil Howard’s 2 yard run into the end zone extended their lead to 38-24.
Millersville would then go on to fumble on two of its last three possessions. Both fumbles came in critical situations that occurred on Seton Hill’s side of the field.

Millersville would then go on to fumble on two of its last three possessions. Both fumbles came in critical situations that occurred on Seton Hill’s side of the field.
Paige commanded the offense down the field to the Seton Hill 36 yard line. After a holding penalty on Seton Hill, the ball moved to the 26-yard line.

Paige commanded the offense down the field to the Seton Hill 36 yard line. After a holding penalty on Seton Hill, the ball moved to the 26-yard line.
From the 26 yard line, Paige threw a yard pass to a wide open Kemp. As he approached the end zone, he was stripped of the ball by Seton Hill’s Tim Johnson.
On their next possession, Millersville would then go on to making a first down thanks to Phil Overton’s valiant 22-yard reception. However, on the next play, Millersville’s Ryan O’Donnell fumbled the handoff.

On their next possession, Millersville would then go on to making a first down thanks to Phil Overton’s valiant 22-yard reception. However, on the next play, Millersville’s Ryan O’Donnell fumbled the handoff.
“If you don’t take care of the football, it drastically diminishes your chance of winning,” Breitbach commented.

“If you don’t take care of the football, it drastically diminishes your chance of winning,” Breitbach commented.

Despite the fumbles, JJ Paige extended his interception-free streak at five games.

Christian Kemp finished the day with 111 receiving yards, his first hundred yard game of his career.

The Marauders will travel on the road for the first time this season against California University of Pennsylvania next Saturday at 1:00 pm.

“Our sights are now set on Cal,” Breitbach said.