The Maryville College Scots saw their 2017 season come to an end on Saturday, as the Ferrum College Panthers toppled MC, 31-24, on Senior Day.
Maryville honored the careers of Eddie Burton, Franchez Marshall, Mac Seagle, Michael Smith, Jordan Early, Kenneth Horne, Alex Gobble, Chris McKenzie, Ben Buell, Justin Byrd, Jesse Munoz, Blaise Chait and DeAngelo Collington before Saturday's game.
The Scots (5-5, 3-4 USA South) would jump to a 17-10 lead in the USA South contest, before a Ferrum College 21-0 run would give the Panthers (8-2, 5-2) the lead for good in the fourth quarter.
McKenzie celebrated Senior Day, as he led the squad with 10 tackles. He has one tackle for a loss of 2 yards, while Cedric Brown added seven stops. Ronald Eckles added six take downs with a sack on the night, with Jamal Ware and Pierre Chadwick recording interceptions.
Offensively, Adam Diggs was 19-of-31 for 221 yards and a touchdown through the air, as he rushed for 25 yards on seven carries for another score. Elijah Chenier had 12 carries for 70 yards and a score.
Smith had five catches for 77 yards, as Seagle had two for 47 yards. Freshman running back Marcus Pierce added a trio of catches for 28 yards, including his first-ever collegiate touchdown.
Maryville's Ian Hubbs tied the school record for field goals in a season with a 32-yarder on Saturday, as he went 3-for-3 on extra points. His field goal tied Andrew Noboa's 12 kicks from 2010.
For Ferrum, Zack Clifford went 12-for-22 through the air for 207 yards and a trio of touchdowns. Brian Mann used 32 carries to gain 94 of the Panthers' 120 rushing yards, while Josh Bare caught three passes for 73 yards and a score. Nick Pearce had two catches for 64 yards and a touchdown, while Dre Davis had a TD and 34 yards on two catches. Johnny White went 1-for-1 passing on a fake field goal for a touchdown, as well, with Sam Martin catches the score.
Defensively, it was Montel Lee. He had only five tackles, however four of those were tackles for a loss of 37 yards. He had a trio of sacks for 31 yards, as he added four quarterback hurries. Tyus Brown had seven stops with a pair of sacks and three tackles for loss.
Maryville would strike on their opening drive of the game, making it look easy covering 67 yards in only five plays. Diggs found Seagle for 36 yards, as Chenier rolled up 30 yards on three touches. He finished the drive with a 1-yard run, as the Scots led 7-0 with 12:43 left in the first.
Maryville would hold the Panthers out of the end zone with Ronald Eckles earning the stop on fourth-and-goal from the 1. An MC three-and-out would set Ferrum up on the Scots' 46 before the Panthers would earn their first score.
With 2:27 left, Ferrum scored on a four-play, 46-yard drive. Clifford found Davis for a 33-yard touchdown pass, knotting the game at 7-all.
With 8:53 remaining in the second quarter, the Panthers would take the lead. A 14-play, 51-yard drive would stall on the Scots' 5-yard line, as Brad Green's 22-yard field goal put Ferrum up 10-7.
Maryville found a key score at the end of the half, punching in the touchdown with just 15 seconds left on the clock. A nine-play, 78-yard drive was capped with Diggs finding Pierce for a 24-yard pitch-and-catch, as the squads went to the locker room with the Scots' leading 14-10.
Hubbs' field goal with 9:10 left in the third would tie the Maryville record. His 32-yarder gave the Scots a touchdown lead, 17-10.
A Maryville facemask penalty would aid the Panthers in starting their 21-0 run, as Clifford would find Pearce for a 54-yard touchdown to tie the game at 17-all. The three-play, 63-yard drive ended with 5:13 showing in the third quarter.
A four-play, 60-yard drive gave Ferrum a 23-17 lead, as Clifford found Bare for the 12-yard score. Johnny White's two-point try failed on the play, as the Panthers led by six with 13:36 remaining in the game.
Maryville would get a stop on the 9-yard line on Ferrum's next drive and appear to force the field goal. However, White faked the try – the holder rolling to the right to find Sam Martin from 8 yards. Clifford found R.J. Lee on the two-point conversion for a 31-17 advantage with 5:12 left.
The Scots' used a nine-play, 75-yard drive to cut it to seven, 31-24, as Diggs found the edge for a 10-yard touchdown run. Maryville would have an opportunity late, before Ferrum would take the win, 31-24.