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Hot MU offense stalls in the fourth

Freshmen wide receiver Jon Haynes extends to reach for a ball in the loss against Bloomsburg. Photo courtesy of MU Athletics.

Caleb Wolfe
Staff Writer

Millersville faced off against Bloomsburg this past Saturday for their second-to-last home game of the season. Going into the match-up the Marauders had lost their previous two games, while the Huskies had won their previous two games. This trend continued as a drained Marauders offense failed to score in the fourth quarter.

The beginning of the game started off hot for both teams, as each scored a touchdown on their first possession. A short run for the Huskies and 29-yard pass for the Marauders put the game into a 7-7 tie after the end of the first quarter.

Bloomsburg started the second quarter with a long touchdown pass, and the Marauders came extremely close to responding with a touchdown of their own. However, an amazing diving catch centimeters away from the turf was incorrectly ruled incomplete.

The play would have put the Marauders in the red-zone, instead they would lose the ball on the next play after a failed fourth down conversion. The Marauders defense stopped the Huskies from scoring with an interception at the end of the quarter, which held the score to 7-14 at halftime.

Though the Marauders received the kick to start the second half, they fumbled the ball on their second play. The Huskies were given prime field position, but they were forced to punt thanks to the Marauders defense holding them to a three-and-out drive that lost yards. This momentum carried over to the Marauders offense as they quickly scored a 77-yard touchdown pass from Shank to Newerls. 

The shootout continued as the Huskies slowly drove down the field and scored a short touchdown pass (with a failed extra point afterwards). The Marauders also worked down the field thanks to a long run by Morrill, 20-yard screen pass to Cartwright, and ultimately a 17-yard pass from Shank to Haynes in the end-zone. The touchdown put the Marauders up 21-20 at the end of the third quarter.

However it would be the last points scored by the Marauders offense in the game, as all three of their possessions in the fourth quarter failed to reach the end-zone, let alone field goal range. The Huskies on the other hand scored two field goals and obtained the first down they needed to run out the clock. This resulted in a heartbreaking 26-21 loss for the Marauders.

Coach J.C. Morgan had the following to say about the unsuccessful fourth quarter, “We had a chance at the end and that’s all you could ask for. We just couldn’t get it done. It was unfortunate. We had our opportunities on the last couple of drives and couldn’t connect for various reasons.”

The Marauders head to an undefeated Kutztown next Saturday for their final away game of the season. The Golden Bears are also ranked No. 15 in Division II football, so they will be one of the toughest opponents for the Marauders yet.