Maryville College's early defensive stand helps the Scots to a 42-7 victory over Greensboro College on Saturday, as MC earns at least a share of the USA South Athletic Conference Championship.
Maryville moved to 6-0 in USA South play, as they've won six straight contests. The win assures the Scots' a new piece of hardware in the trophy case this fall.
The Scots jumped on the Pride early in the first half, as they scored a trio of touchdowns via interception in just 1:15. Greensboro quarterback Nate Coffey went just 1-for-6 for 8 yards, as Markel Kea, Trenton Cumby and Pierre Chadwick recorded pick sixes.
The trio combined for 102 yards and a trio of touchdowns to give the Scots an early 21-0 lead. Hayden Tanner added a fourth interception in the first quarter, as MC tallied five takeaways in the opening stanza.
After the first 15 minutes, Maryville's defense had more yards than the Prides' offense with a 102-93 margin.
MC's defense – led by Colby Manis' eight tackles and three tackles for loss – held Greensboro to just 205 yards on the day. The Scots rolled up 319 yards of total offense in the key victory.
Elijah Chenier led the rushing attack with 68 yards on 19 carries, as 14 players tallied rushing yardage.
Greensboro College saw Coffey go 2-of-13 for 37 yards with four interceptions. David Loughry I was 11-for-21 with 97 yards and a touchdown. He also led the Pride with 38 yards on 13 attempts, as Da'Shaun Wallac caught the Prides' only touchdown.
Maryville College (6-2, 6-0 USA South) got on the board early, as the Scots took advantage off a Greensboro (1-8) miscue. Following an MC fumble, Kea and the defensive squad stood strong. On the Pride's first play, Kea picked off Coffey's pass, taking it 25 yards to pay dirt. With 10:04 showing, MC led 7-0.
Just 15 seconds later, the Scots hung another score on the board – again by the defensive efforts. On Greensboro's second play of the drive, Cumby – a senior – stepped in front of Coffey's pass taking it 23 yards to the house. In just three plays, Maryville amassed two pick sixes for a total of 48 yards. At the 9:49 mark, the Scots led 14-0.
Exactly one minute later, Maryville would put the play on loop. On Greensboro's third play of the drive, Coffey tossed his third interception. Chadwick snagged the pass, taking it 54 yards to the end zone. The Orange and Garnet held a 21-0 lead with a trio of pick sixes in just 1:15.
The Scots found their first offensive touchdown of the day at the 4:38 mark, as they again took advantage of a Greensboro miscue. Maryville punted the ball away, as the Pride touched the loose ball. Seagle fell on it, using just one play on the drive. Thomas found him for a 35-yard touchdown pass, as MC led 28-0.
Just under one minute left in the quarter, the Scots scored their fifth touchdown of the first. Chadwick had 34 yards of return on a 30-yard punt by the Pride to set MC up. An unsportsmanlike penalty put Maryville near the red zone, before Thomas found Watkins from 22 yards out for a 35-0 MC lead with 59 ticks left in the opening quarter.
Maryville made it 42-0 in the first half, as they posted their first long drive of the game at the 5:57 mark. The eight-play, 80-yard jaunt ended with Smith finding Burke from 28 yards out. Hubbs' extra point attempt was good, as MC led by 42 at the half.
Greensboro would score the only points of the second half, as the Pride covered 30 yards in 11 plays. Loughry I found Wallac from 7 yards out at the 11:40 mark of the fourth quarter for the 42-7 final score.
Maryville will look next to Senior Day, as they host N.C. Wesleyan College in hopes of winning their first-ever outright title in program history. Kickoff for the key game is slated for 1 p.m. on Honaker Field.