Big plays proved costly on Saturday afternoon, as Maryville College fell to Huntingdon College, 45-35, in Montgomery, Ala.
The Scots gave up 11 plays of 15 yards or more, including touchdowns of 33, 30 and 71 yards. Huntingdon also amassed a 90-yard kickoff return touchdown in the USA South bout, as the Hawks had six plays of 30 yards or more.
Maryville had five plays of 30-plus yards, including a 44-yard touchdown on the afternoon.
The two squads each neared 500 total yards, as Huntingdon edged the Scots, 499-496. The Hawks averaged 7.6 yards per play, to a 6.5 average for the Orange and Garnet, as the Scots remained balanced on the day.
MC had 284 passing yard to 212 rushing, as Huntingdon had 403 of its 499 yards through the air.
Jacob Bunch led the way for Maryville on the ground, as the speedy back had 22 carries for 116 yards. He averaged 5.3 per carry with a pair of rushing touchdowns. He also led the Scots with 99 yards on six catches, including a long of 68 yards.
Trevor Thomas was 12-of-22 for 190 yards and a pair of touchdowns through the air, while Harbin went 7-of-14 for 94 yards and a score.
The duo relied on Bunch, as Chandler added 56 yards on a trio of catches and a touchdown. Austin Burke had 34 yards on three catches, while T.J. Coleman added 33 yards on one catch. Shemar Collier scored a touchdown, while going 33 yards on a pair of snags.
For Huntingdon, it was Michael Lambert who went 22-of-36 for 403 yards and four touchdowns. He found Otis Porter for seven catches, 175 yards and three touchdowns, Cody Dwyer had 103 yard on four catches.
Defensively for Maryville, Jamal Ware and Haydn Tanner had eight tackles each, while Michael Bailey added six tackles and a trio of pass breakups. Justice Goodloe had four tackles – two of those as sacks for 15 yards.
Maryville College (0-5, 0-2 USA South) started the scoring early in the first quarter, as the Scots went on a five-play, 59-yard drive. Harbin had a rush for 16 yards, before he found Shemar Collier for a 24-yard touchdown pass. Ian Hubbs made the extra point, as the Scots led 7-0 at the 11:55 mark of the first quarter.
Huntingdon College (3-2, 2-0) used a 32-yard return by Garrett Headley on the kickoff to set up a nine-play, 30-yard drive. JaCorey Jackson blocked Cole Starr's 32-yard field goal attempt, leaving the score at 7-0 with 8:47 left in the fourth.
The Hawks knotted the game at the 1:40 mark, however, as they used a six-play, 92-yard drive. Lambert found Dwyer for a 40-yard toss, before he connected with Porter for a 33-yard touchdown. Starr's kick was good, as the score was 7-7 going to the second quarter.
Just 26 second into the second quarter, Maryville regained the lead. A seven-play, 80-yard drive was highlighted by a Chandler 40-yard dash, before Bunch finished the final 3 yards across the ground. The extra point was blocked, leaving the score at 13-7 with 14:34 left in the second.
Huntingdon needed just 21 seconds to regain the lead, however, as Malachi Harvey returned the ensuing kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown. At the 14:13 mark, the Hawks led 14-13.
Another big play added to Huntingdon's advantage with 8:20 left in the half. Lambert found Porter for a 30-yard touchdown pass – the duo's second 30-plus yard score. Starr's kick made the score 21-13 in favor of the host.
Maryville needed just 1:47 to close the gap, as they found a big play of their own. The four-play, 75-yard drive was highlighted by a 68-yard toss from Thomas to Bunch to set the Scots up at first-and-goal. A pair of Bunch rushes later – the final going for 1 yard – and MC cut the lead to one, 21-20, at the 6:33 mark.
With 3:16 left before the half, Eric Thomas added a 7-yard rushing touchdown to cap a nine-play, 74-yard drive, before a 28-yard kick by Starr as time ran out gave Huntingdon a 31-20 lead at the half.
Maryville cut the lead to just three at the 8:19 mark of the third. The Scots used a three-play, 58-yard drive that saw Thomas find Chandler for a 44-yard touchdown. Thomas rushed for the two-point conversion, making the score 31-28.
With 3:56 left in the third, Huntingdon scored again. The one-play drive saw Lambert find Porter for a 71-yard touchdown pass, as the Hawks took a 38-28 lead. Lambert added an 53-yard pass on the Hawks' next drive, before finding Colton Chinn for an 8-yard score with 41 second in the third quarter, 45-28.
The Scots rallied late, going on an eight-play, 51-yard drive. Thomas found Jacob Cortez from 5 yards out to make score 45-35 with 1:46 left. MC's onside kick was recovered by the Hawks to end the game.
Maryville will return to action next Saturday, as the Scots host Methodist University for Homecoming. The 2:00 p.m. kickoff will also be in celebration of Maryville's bicentennial.