A combined 1,100 yards of offense produced in Maryville College loss
The Maryville College Fighting Scots fell to the Panthers of Ferrum College 56-34 in front of 2,193 fans on MC’s Honaker Field on Saturday afternoon.
Both teams combined for more than 1,100 yards of offense on the afternoon.
Ferrum took the opening kick-off and scored first on a two-play, 73-yard drive that took 1:03 off the game clock. Jermaine Pitts hit Carlton Hughes in stride for a 69-yard touchdown pass.
Matt Novak hit the extra point and Ferrum led 7-0.
Maryville took its second possession to paydirt following a four-play, 39-yard drive capped by a seven-yard scoring toss from Justin Price to Justin Jackson. Matt Dunn added the extra point to knot the score at 7-7.
Maryville finished the scoring in the first quarter. Jackson took a Price pass 70 yards with 1:42 remaining in the quarter to put Maryville up 14-7.
The Panthers strung together an 11-play, 69-yard drive to tie the game. Terrel Mulford scampered six yards to cap the drive.
Maryville fought back with a nine-play, 58-yard drive when Price found the end zone from two yards out. The Scots’ last lead, 21-14, came with 8:30 left in the second quarter.
Ferrum put together back-to-back scoring drives that would send a message to the Scots. Carlton Hughes gathered in a 43-yard pass from Pitts to tie the score 21-21. Mulford then finished a six-play, 58-yard drive with an 11-yard touchdown run for a 28-21 Ferrum lead.
With 1:34 remaining before the half, Price scrambled and hit Jackson with a 56-yard touchdown pass. Maryville entered the half tied at 28-28.
The Panthers did not leave anything to chance in the second half.
The third quarter saw a battle for field possession until Chris Silk hauled in an eight-yard touchdown pass with 46 seconds remaining in the quarter.
Ferrum added another score as Jermaine Pitts went untouched 40 yards with 9:09 remaining in the contest to extend the lead to 42-28.
The Scots attempted a comeback on a six-play, 72-yard drive highlighted by Price’s 31-yard scoring scramble. Matt Dunn’s extra-point attempt was blocked and Ferrum led 42-34.
The Panthers added two late scores to provide the 22-point scoring margin.
MC’s Price rushed for 102 yards and passed for 234 yards on the day. Marcus Kenny added 61 yards on the ground as the Scots tallied 474 yards of total offense. The Scots’ Jackson hauled in seven receptions for 182 yards and 3 scores.
Dane Daley and Derek Rang had 10 and nine tackles, respectively, for Maryville.
Ferrum moves to 6-0 on the season and 3-0 in the USA South Athletic Conference. Maryville is now 1-5 and 1-4 in USA South action. The Scots travel to Danville, Ky., this week to challenge the Centre College Colonels.