Saturday was another tough day for fans of Millersville football. After dropping their first four games of the season by large margins, the Marauders outdid themselves once more, dropping their fifth straight game by a score of 62-3 to IUP.
After dropping their first four by margins of 31, 42, 45 and 38, the Marauders saw their woes continue against No. 7-ranked IUP. A three yard run by Crimson Hawks running back De’Antwan Williams started the scoring for IUP, putting them up by seven early in the first quarter. The Marauders retaliated with a field goal to cut the deficit to four just minutes later. Unfortunately for the Marauders, those were the only points they would put on the board all day.
Two touchdown passes by quarterback Mike Box, one as time expired in the first, put the Crimson Hawks ahead by a comfortable 18 points. The Crimson Hawks put up at least 13 points in each of the final three quarters while simultaneously shutting down the Marauder offense completely. Long story short, domination was the name of the game Saturday afternoon.
The Marauder offense was out-gained 521-180 in the lopsided match-up. A whopping 303 yards came on the ground on 46 attempts, good for 6.6 yards per carry average. The Marauder defense looked outmatched during the contest, unable to stop IUP whether they aired the ball out or kept it on the ground. Four IUP rushers went over 50 yards on the ground, three of whom were able to reach the end zone. The team of quarterbacks Mike Box and Steve Franco went a combined 16-18 for 218 yards and four touchdowns. Some onlookers may have questioned whether it was Aaron Rogers, not a pair of Division II quarterbacks under center for the Crimson Hawks.
If the total of three points on the board wasn’t enough, one could find evidence almost anywhere that the Marauders’ offense struggled that day. The team of Connor Casey and Curtis Frye were a combined 6-18 passing, with two interceptions. With only 65 passing yards on the day, no Marauder receivers were able to rack up more than 24 yards or two catches. Although the Maruaders only averaged 3.7 yards per carry on the day, starting running back Ian Sadon had a solid day rushing. On 20 carries, Sadon was able to tally 124 yards on the ground, good for a spectacular 6.2 yards per carry average. The 124 yards were not only a season high for Sadon, but also the most any one player has rushed for against the Crimson Hawk defense.
The only other bright spot on the day came with 12:58 left in the third quarter. IUP quarterback Mike Box dropped back and slung the ball down field into the waiting arms of Marauders safety Rasheed Johnson. It was the first interception recorded by the Marauders on the season, recorded during the biggest blowout of the season thus far.
The Marauders’ schedule won’t get any easier next week, as they travel to Bloomsburg to take on the 5-0 Huskies. The game is slated to start at 3:37 p.m.