The Millersville University football team suffered an old fashioned beatdown at the hands of California University (Pa.) on Saturday. In their final game of the season the guys lost 48-14, finishing their 2013 campaign at 1-10. It was close in the beginning of the game, with both teams scoring on their opening drives. Nick Grissom scored the rushing touchdown for the Vulcans. The Marauders responded as they moved down the field and converted on third and four to extend the drive. Running back Ian Sadon then rushed for 23 yards, earning another first down, and went on to score the touchdown for Millersville. It all went downhill for the Marauders after that, as on their next drive a pass by Corey Unger was intercepted by CJ Townes. The Vulcans capitalized on the turnover, as Grissom went on to score, making it 21-7.
This was the turning point in the game, with California taking control of the contest. On Millersville’s next drive Unger threw his second interception of the game. California went to increase their lead to 24-7 with a field goal heading into halftime. With the game seemingly out of reach, frustrated fans began leaving the stadium. On the opening drive of the second half, Sadon ran for 42 yards, as the team made it 24-14. The guys had a chance to pull within a touchdown, when Rasheed Johnson recovered a fumble and ran it back for 32 yards. The Millersville offense managed to pull within field goal range, but failed to convert with kicker Evan Stahl missing a 29 yard attempt. California responded by making a 27 yard field goal, pulling ahead 27-14. Any hopes for a comeback were dashed when California’s Jordan Bowman returned a fumble 80 yards for the touchdown. The Vulcans would score twice before the end of the game to make the final 48-14.
Unger finished the game with three interceptions and two completions for 45 yards. His counterpart James Harris was 21-28, zero interceptions and threw for 233 yards. Sadon, who shouldered the load for the Marauders, finished with a 187 rushing yards and one touchdown. The senior led the team in rushing yards and attempts, finishing the season with 1062 and 228 respectively. It was a disappointing season for the Marauders and new head coach Greg Breitbach. The team failed to improve upon their 2-9 record from the previous season, finishing second to last in the PSAC East. They head into the off season looking to improve as they prepare for the 2014 season.