The Millersville Marauders visited the Pace Setters last Thursday, and for the first time since 2009 the Marauders won their opening game as the away team. This marks arguably the best start for Millersville football in over a decade, as they have won their opening game only twice before in the last ten years. Both of those games were held at home in 2016 and 2012.
The game started off well for the Marauders, as a 29 yard touchdown pass from Shank to Newerls gave them an early lead. However the Setters rallied back with 17 unanswered points before halftime.
In the third quarter the Marauders bounced back into shape with a pair of rushing touching downs: the first a two yard push in the red-zone and the second being a monstrous 59 yard run up the middle of the field from K.J. Cartwright. These two scores placed the Marauders back on top with a score of 21-17.
They even looked primed to score again in the fourth, but a fumble in the red-zone allowed the Setters the opportunity to drive down the field, kick a field-goal, and bring the score within one. The Setters final drive of the game ended with a 43 yard field goal, and six seconds left on the clock. The kick barely missed the uprights, confirming the Marauders comeback win at 21-20.
Steve Sweeney defensive back for the Marauders, who’s a red shirt freshman, earned PSAC honors for defensive player of the week.
“The win is a reward for the hard work the players and coaches have put in. We will take time to enjoy the win. We want to enjoy every step of the process, good or bad. What we really want to do is enjoy the journey of turning this program around to where we want it to be.” Head coach J.C. Morgan said.
He also stated “We looked at halftime and felt like we could run the football.”
This Saturday the Marauders come home to face the Crimson Hawks of Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Though the Marauders have never beaten the Crimson Hawks, this hot start to the season could provide the Marauders enough momentum to snag another win.