After dropping the first six games of the year by large margins, the Marauders traveled to Cheyney in search of their first victory of the season. Coming off of two ugly losses to no. 7 ranked IUP and no. 9 ranked Bloomsburg, the Marauders got a much needed change of pace in Cheyney, a team who entered the contest having lost 16 straight. In the battle of two winless teams, Millersville came out on top in what was a slightly lopsided 30-12 victory.
On paper, the match-up looked to be an interesting one; the PSAC East’s lowest scoring team (Millersville) against the second lowest, the second worst defense (Millersville) against the fourth worst. Cheney’s rush-first offensive style clashed with a Millersville defense coming off of an impressive showing against Bloomsburg. The ‘Ville was able to hold Cheyney to just 3.8 yards per carry (ypc), but yielded two scores through the air at the hands of cheyney quarterback Alder Thony, his first two passing touchdowns of the season.
Marauder running back Ian Sadon racked up a career-high 139 yards on the ground on just 20 carries, two of which went for scores. Sadon opened the scoring less than three minutes into the game, pounding the ball in from the one yard line after scampering for 35 just one play earlier. A three and out by Cheyney set the Maruaders up to score on their second consecutive drive, this time finishing with a two yard run from Sadon to put the Marauders up 14-0 still early in the first.
Another stop by the ‘Ville defense gave the ball to the Marauders at their own 31 at the beginning of the second quarter. Chewing about six minutes off the clock, the Marauders, led by Connor Casey, drove down the field, scoring on their third straight drive of the game.
After entering halftime with a comfortable 21-0 lead, the Marauders came out and tacked on one more score in the third, padding their lead further. After two first down runs by Sadon, David Coates ran for a Marauder season-long 42 yard score, putting the Marauders up 28-0 and shutting the door on Cheyney for the day.
In the opening minutes of the fourth quarter, Cheyney was able to reach the end zone on a seven yard pass, Cheyney’s first passing score of the season. As Cheyney kicker Julien Feggins lined up to kick the extra point, his attempt was blocked by the Marauder defense and returned 98 yards by safety Dean May for two points, Millersville’s first defensive extra point score since 1999.
Another touchdown pass from Thony and another failed conversion left the Marauders with the ball and an 18 point lead with under two minutes left in the game. Three quick kneels ended the game, giving the Marauders their first win under new head coach Greg Breitbach.
The Marauders next game will pit the Marauders against visiting Lock Haven. The Bald Eagles enter the game on a four game losing streak, dropping their most recent game to West Chester 34-13. A sub-par Bald Eagle offense and middle-of-the-road defense gives the Marauders a shot to achieve their first winning streak of the season. The game, Millersville’s homecoming, will be on Saturday, Oct. 26th at 1 p.m.