Marauders take down rival Kentucky State, 24-6
FRANKFORT, Kentucky – The Central State Marauders topped rival Kentucky State, 24-6, on Saturday afternoon.
With the victory, the Marauders improve to 2-2 overall with a 1-1 ledger in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC). The Thorobreds of KSU fall to 0-4 on the season and 0-1 in the SIAC.
The CSU offense struck first with a 10 play touchdown drive totaling 80 yards. Quarterback Trent Mays capped the drive off with a 17-yard through to receiver Kevin Greenhow to give CSU a 7-0 lead with 2:30 left in the first quarter.
KSU responded on its next drive as quarterback Jules. St. Ge rushed for a 12-yard touchdown to cap of a 7 play drive spanning 56 yards. After a missed extra point, CSU remained ahead by one at the 14:53 mark of the second quarter.
CSU kicker Trevor Teel tacked on three points with a 22-yard field goal on the Marauders next drive. CSU captured all the momentum going into halftime thanks to a 72 yard touchdown pass from Mays to running back Terraris Saffold as time expired.
Up 17-6, the Marauders opened the third quarter with a methodical 19 play, 73-yard scoring drive. CSU ran the ball on 17 of 19 plays as Mays ended the drive with a 3-yard touchdown run to put his team up 24-6.
With a healthy lead, the Marauder defense closed out the game by holding the Thorobreds to 66 yards of total offense in the second half.
Saffold, a senior from Hayneville, Alabama, put together one of his best games as a Marauder. Saffold carried the ball a career-high 27 times for 131 rushing yards. He also caught five passes for a career-best 124 receiving yards.
Mays finished the afternoon with 188 yards and two scores through the air. He also picked up 17 yards and a touchdown on the ground.
Linebacker Kailen Abrams led the Marauder defense with 11 tackles. Shemar Moss led the CSU pass rush with 1.5 sacks.
The Marauders will continue SIAC play against Benedict College next Saturday at 1 pm. The game will be played at Doug Adams Stadium in Xenia, Ohio.
CSU now leads the all-time series with KSU with 36 wins, 22 losses and 1 tie.
CSU running back Terraris Saffold become the first Marauder in 10 seasons to record 100+ rushing yards and 100+ receiving yards.
With the win, CSU snapped a 10-game losing streak to Kentucky State.
Saturday’s win at Kentucky State was the first time CSU has won at KSU Alumni Stadium since becoming a full member of NCAA Div. II (2004).
CSU ended a four-game road losing streak dating back to last season.
Linebacker Kailen Abrams is among the top five in the SIAC in tackles.
Defensive lineman Shemar Moss is among the SIAC leaders in sacks.
Earlham Routed By Lions
RICHMOND, Ind. – Earlham College football battled hard against one of the leading offensive juggernauts in Division III football on Saturday, eventually falling 59-2 to Mount St. Joseph University in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference battle at Darrell Beane Stadium.
The Quakers broke the Lions’ scoring hex with 9:11 remaining in the fourth quarter, after pinning Mount St. Joseph deep in its own territory on a 62-yard Jordan Christian punt. Earlham’s defensive unit kept Mount St. Joseph from getting any sort of drive going, holding the Lions to no gain on two of the next three plays.
Eventually forced to punt on 4th-and-7 at their own five-yard line, the snap sailed over the head of MSJ punter Jerry Porter and through the end zone for the safety.
The two points allowed Earlham to avoid a second straight shutout, and gave the Quakers a highlight in an otherwise challenging afternoon against one of the most prolific offenses in Division III. Mount St. Joseph entered Saturday’s game with the 19th-best offense in Division III and ranked 21st nationally in scoring.
The Lions got on the scoreboard at the end of the Quakers’ first possession of the day, with Troy Speakman’s 67-yard punt return for a touchdown. MSJ added another big play touchdown later in the first quarter, taking a 14-0 lead on a Chase Pankey 81-yard touchdown pass reception from quarterback Chaiten Tomlin. Tomlin connected with Grayson Roberts on a three-yard TD pass in the waning seconds of the opening quarter, giving the Lions a 21-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Mount St. Joseph added another 17 points in the second quarter to take a 38-0 lead into the locker room at the half, and put up 21 points in the third quarter before Earlham got on the board with the safety in the fourth.
Earlham finished the day with 96 yards of offense to Mount St. Joseph’s 617 yards. First year quarterback Collin Hauschildwas 22-of-38 for 80 yards through the air, with Zachary Baker hauling down five of those passes for 37 yards. Melvin Davisled the ground game with 20 yards on 13 carries.
Among the promising signs for the young Earlham offensive unit was that it did not commit any turnovers during the game.
Defensively, Hogan Modirzadeh, Austin Baker, and Kobe Walker each finished with 10 total tackles, with Baker and Walker each registering four solo stops. Walker also received credit for a pair of pass break-ups, and a six-yard tackle-for-loss.
For Mount St. Joseph, Tomlin completed 24 of his 32 pass attempts for 343 yards and five touchdowns, while reserve QB was 5-9-0 for 88 yards with two touchdowns. Pankey grabbed two of those TD passes among his six receptions for 138 yards, while A.J. Glines also snared six passes for 83 yards with one touchdown. Cooper Earls also had two TD catches as part of his 3-50 day receiving.
Griffin Appleman was the Lions’ leading rusher on the day with eight carries for 61 yards.
Earlham will make its first road trip of the season next Saturday, when it travels to Manchester University for another HCAC matchup. Kick-off is slated for 1:30 p.m.
Miami (1-3, 1-0 MAC) built a 31-3 lead early in the third quarter and never looked back to pick up its first win.
The RedHawks came out establishing their running game and it paid off as early as their second possession. Alonzo Smithused a 29-yard rush to move Miami into Bowling Green territory and Maurice Thomas finished that drive two plays later by racing 30 yards down the sideline to put MU up 7-0 with just 4:09 gone by. Giving Miami its first lead of the season.
Miami recovered the ensuing onside kick and drove back down the field thanks to a 29-yard burst by Smith. Two plays later, Davion Johnson punched it in for his first-career touchdown from three yards out to make it 38-17 with 34 seconds remaining. The Falcons added another touchdown at the horn on a Hail Mary to cap the scoring.
MU returns to Yager Stadium next Saturday, Sept. 29 when it hosts Western Michigan on Family Weekend. Opening kick is at 3:30 p.m.
Muskingum (2-2, 1-2 OAC) took the opening kickoff and marched 59 yards in five played capped by a 10-yard touchdown run from Brody Hahn. Wilmington (1-2, 0-2 OAC) started in great field position thanks to a 46-yard kickoff return from Luke Richardson, but were stuffed on a 4th-and-1 and turned the ball over on downs.
The Muskies’ next possession ended in three plays as Tavion Bryant forced and recovered a fumble which setup a 41-yard field goal from Tyler Butcher. The Quaker defense forced a three-and-out on the ensuing possession, and quarterback Kyle Barrett drove Wilmington 70 yards in seven plays to take a 10-7 lead on a one-yard touchdown throw to Weston Trampler.
Trailing for the first time in the game (10-7), Muskingum looked take the lead as the Muskies drove into the Quakers’ red zone, but an interception stalled the drive. Unfortunately for Wilmington, Barrett’s pass on the next possession was tipped and intercepted, setting up a 37-yard field goal that tied the game.
Wilmington got the ball back with just under two minutes to play in the half and looked to score and take a lead into halftime, but Brandon Schon ran under a Barrett pass, intercepted it and returned the ball 41 yards for a score that gave Muskingum a 17-10 lead at the break.
Both teams went three-and-out on their opening possession of the second half, but two Wilmington fumbles stalled the next Quakers’ drives. After the second fumble, Warren Wilson found the end zone to push the Muskingum lead to two scores.
After one more stalled drive from each team followed, Barrett found AJ Hightower deep for a 69-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter. Trailing by a touchdown, Wilmington’s defense forced Muskingum into two third downs on the next drive, but both were converted as the Wilson capped an 11-play, 73-yard drive that chewed up 6:32 of game time.
Trailing 31-17 with just under five minutes to play, Wilmington did not quit as Barrett found Zayne Hart open for a 30-yard strike and followed that up with a 20-yard touchdown to Richardson on 3rd-and-goal.
Muskingum had a chance to run out the clock on the following possession after converting a third down, but the Quaker defense forced the Muskies to step back into punt formation with 20 seconds to play after three straight stops. The snap went over the punter’s head, giving Wilmington the ball 15 yards from the endzone with 15 seconds left.
The Muskies’ defense rose to the occasion once again, however, getting to Barrett and forcing a third interception that sealed the game.
Muskingum had the better run game on the day, rushing for 180 yards despite an average over just 3.3 per carry. Wilmington, which managed 57 yards on 29 carries, won the passing game throwing for 237 yards on the day. The Muskies were held to just 4-of-13 for 67 yards through the air.
“Muskingum created a lot of programs with their defensive line that made it uncomfortable for us all game,” Moore said. “There was a lot of situational football that determined field position and momentum in this game. I need to do a better job as a coach in making decisions in those situations.”
Barrett finished 17-of-28 for 237 yards with three touchdowns and three interceptions along with rushing for 25 yards. DJ Chambers ran for 39 yards for Wilmington while Hightower hauled in three receptions for 96 yards and one score.
The Muskingum trio of Brody Hahn, Warren Wilson and Cameron Near combined for 197 yards rushing and three touchdowns.
“This loss will hurt tonight for sure,” said Moore. “But we will wake up tomorrow, get back to work and continue to be relentless in our quest to change the culture of this program.”
The Quakers host Heidelberg University next Saturday.