Over the last two seasons, Week Three has not been kind to the Marauders. That trend continued on Saturday afternoon as Millersville faced Kutztown at Biemesderfer Stadium.
Millersville lost to Kutztown, 41-13. The game also marked the first PSAC East Division game of the season.
The Marauders have now lost seven straight games to Kutztown, who entered the game winless.
In what appeared to be an evenly matched game statistically, Kutztown somehow manage to pull away with the victory.
“We felt that this was a good opportunity to win,” Millersville head coach Greg Breitbach commented.
Breitbach said that the game was back-and-forth in the first half. He also mentioned that the team struggled to finish offensive drives and taking care of the football.
Kutztown running back Craig Reynolds, the second leading rusher in the PSAC, was able to pick apart the Millersville defense left and right. He finished the game with four touchdowns.
“They were strong backs that held onto the football, who had good vision, and were hard to tackle,” Breitbach commented on Kutztown’s running game.
Reynolds scored the first points of the game with a 39-yard run to the end zone.
Compared to the last two week three games, Millersville was able to score a few points. They were outscored a combined total of 136-0 against California and Slippery Rock.
Towards the end the first quarter, wide receiver Christian Kemp scored Millersville’s only offensive touchdown. He caught a 7-yard pass from Marauder quarterback JJ Paige.
Millersville extended its 7-6 lead when senior safety PJ Santos intercepted a pass from Kutztown quarterback Collin DiGalbo. He would score an 89-yard touchdown off the intercepted pass.
A 13-6 Millersville lead at halftime looked feasible, until an unsportsmanlike conduct call on Tommy Holloway cost the Marauders the third down stop.
“That was a big play because it gave them new life,” Breitbach commented on the unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. “We have to be able to control our emotions in that scenario.”
After the penalty, Kutztown would tie the game at 13-13 in part to Reynolds’s 6-yard rushing score and a successful extra point kick from Brandon Keffer.
Reynolds would score again on Kutztown’s next possession giving them a 19-13 lead.
With 46 seconds left in the first half, JJ Paige would throw an interception to Kutztown’s Luke Snyder at their own 39 yard line. Breitbach stated that the turnover before halftime was critical. The turnover allowed Kutztown to extend its lead to 27-13. DiGalbo’s 14-yard rush from the 14 yard line was enough to extend the lead going into halftime.
Reynolds successfully completed the two-point conversion to end the half.
The second half would then go on to be one-sided. Craig Reynolds would score his fourth touchdown of the game in the third quarter. Meanwhile in the fourth quarter, DiGalbo threw a thirteen yard pass to Nathan Hollander.
Kutztown would end up scoring 35 unanswered points the rest of the game.
Coach Breitbach stated that the team is taking things one week at a time. The Marauders now have their sights on a road trip to Bloomsburg University to face the Huskies. He and Wiggins believe that capitalizing on opportunities when presented, especially in the red zone, is crucial for next week’s game.
“You just got to pick back up and come back to work tomorrow,” Wiggins said. “We still have a lot of games going forward. We have to focus on us this week.”