Scots fall on Senior Day; Johnson rolls in 127 yards receiving

Scots fall on Senior Day; Johnson rolls in 127 yards receiving

Maryville College couldn't get past special teams mistakes on Saturday afternoon, as Christopher Newport was able to win the time of possession battle and the USA South Conference title with a 37-27 win on Honaker Field.

Coming into Saturday's game, the Scots and the Captains had only a 2-second difference in average time of possession — Maryville leading the way with 33:16. However, CNU was able to control the ball on Maryville's Senior Day with two onside kicks, a pooch kick and a huge kick return that kept the momentum in their favor.

The Captains ended the day with 33:08 in time of possession, as Maryville amassed only 26:52.

Nick Myers had a big day during the fourth quarter for Maryville, going 14-of-24 for 180 yards and two touchdowns. The sophomore came in during the fourth quarter in relief of Evan Pittenger.

Myers bested the total he'd put up all this season, bringing his total to 277 yards and four touchdowns this year. He's completed 62.9 percent of his passes.

Trenton Shuler had his sixth 100-yard game of the season — his fifth consecutive — with a 119-yard outing on Saturday. The sophomore had 991 yards on the season with 11 touchdowns.

Ed Johnson had his biggest game of the season, catching 12 passes for 127 yards. The senior had a touchdown and averaged 10.6 per catch on Senior Day.

Micah Smith led Maryville with 10 tackles, as Gabe Johnson, Zach Capehart, senior Joshua Krebs and Kent Minor had six tackles each. Capehart, Jonathan Clark and senior Tyler Todd each had two quarterback hurries, as Capehart and Clark each added a sack.

Maryville College got on the board first on their second drive of the game. The Scots marched 64 yards in only two plays, as Shuler went 46 yards on the first play. Pittenger took the final 18 yards on his own feet, but the extra point sailed wide left. Maryville led 6-0, with 10:31 left in the first quarter.

Christopher Newport, however, found their own rhythm on the next drive, marching 81 yards in 10 plays, as the Captains chewed up 4:50 off the clock. Morrast found Austin Browne from 7 yards out, as CNU led 7-6 with 5:38 left in the first quarter.

Following a Maryville punt, the Captains struck again. A 54-yard drive was capped with a 21-yard field goal from Studer with 1:13 left in the first, as Christopher Newport led 10-6.

A pooch kick helped the Captains on the ensuing kickoff. Struder kicked the ball to the Maryville 23-yard line, but the Scots weren't able to fall on the ball. Mikey Campbell recovered the kick, as the Captains were set in great field position. Five plays and 23 yards later, Morrast found Daquan Davis for a 16-yard touchdown pass. With 13:43 left in the first half, Christopher Newport led 17-6.

The Captains recovered the ensuing onside kick, but couldn't move the ball, turning it over on downs. After the turnover, Christopher Newport led the battle for time of possession, 13:36 to 4:33.

Maryville took over at their own 36-yard line, moving down the field in only eight plays. Pittenger finished the final 3 yards on his own feet, after Eddie Brock carried three times for 39 yards. Wesley Bloeme's kick was good, as Maryville trailed 17-13 with 8:26 remaining in the second quarter.

Christopher Newport would not go away, however, as they were able to put together a six-play, 34-yard drive after a 56-yard kick return by Storm Parker. Morrast took the final 4 yards on himself, as CNU led 24-13 with 5:12 left on the clock. The score would stand to the half.

Studer again came up big for the Captains, scoring his second field goal of the day on the opening drive of the second half. His kick from 27 yards out gave CNU a 27-13 lead with 9:33 left in the third quarter. The score remained until the fourth quarter.

Only 44 seconds into the fourth, Christopher Newport hit paydirt again. Morrast found Taylor Loudon for a 30-yard score, as the Captains extended their lead to 34-13 with 14:16 remaining in the game.

Myers, however, led Maryville to a quick score. The junior went 5-of-6 on the drive for 59 yards on the eight-play, 66-yard drive. Myers hit Ed Johnson for the 4-yard score, the third connection for the duo on the drive. With 11:29 left in the game, Maryville trailed 34-20.

Studer pushed the game nearly out of reach with a Christopher Newport record kick. He put the ball through the uprights from 50 yards out to give the Captains a 37-20 lead with 7:44 left in the fourth quarter.

Myers, again, led the Scots down the field. Myers connected on 5-of-8 passes for 79 yards on the nine-play, 75-yard drive. The Myers, Johnson connection worked again, as they worked together for four completions for 47 yards. Myers hit Anzelo Scullark for a 24-yard touchdown with 5:24 left in the game for the final margin, 37-27.

Maryville falls to 6-3 on the season, while posting a 5-2 mark within the USA South.

Christopher Newport wraps up their season with a 7-3 overall record. The Captains clinch the USA South title with a 7-1 conference record.

Maryville will travel to Methodist University next weekend, as they take on the Monarchs at 1 p.m.