Scots celebrate Senior Day with 28-7 win over Greensboro

Scots celebrate Senior Day with 28-7 win over Greensboro

The Maryville College Fighting Scots celebrated Senior Day on Saturday afternoon, as they honored 18 seniors with a 28-7 victory over Greensboro College.

Maryville's defense stymied the Pride in the first half, allowing just 5 yards on 22 plays. The Scots road that defensive effort, taking away a pair of fumbles to go on for the 21-point victory.

MC took a 14-0 lead to the half, before going on for 389 yards of offense. MC held Greensboro to a 2.1 yards per play average, while tallying five takeaways.

The Scots were led defensively by Bo Hering's seven tackles – four of those solo – as he added two tackles for a loss of 5 yards. Austin Smith had three tackles with 2.5 tackles for loss. He added a sack for 9 yards of loss on the day.

Seniors Kyle Riddle and Brady Jernigan recorded interceptions on the day, while Braden Cloyd also had a pick in the game. Jeremy Hadnett and Trenton Cumby had fumble recoveries, as Hardnett returned his 30 yards. Cumby also added a half sack for 9 yards and four quarterback hurries on Senior Day.

Offensively, it was Caden Harbin who went 12-of-21 for 123 yards and two touchdowns. Fellow quarterback Trevor Thomas threw 6-of-10 for 102 yards and a score.

MC's receiving corps saw 10 different receivers combine for 125 yards, as Terry Stewart led the way with four snags for 45 yards. Andrew Gentry added one catch for 43 yards and a touchdown, while Connor Chandler had 40 yards on four catches. Kris Hawkins and Brian Tillery had 33 and 31 yards each, as Hawkins and Austin Burke added touchdowns for the Scots.

Maryville saw 10 different rushers combine for 164 yards on the day, as Jacob Bunch added 65 yards on 10 carries. Hawkins had 10 carries for 47 yards and a touchdown, while Tevin Thrower had 40 yards on six rushes.

Greensboro was led by David Loughry II, who was 12-of-25 through the air for 100 yards and a touchdown. Rohan Goldston had 35 yards receiving on one catch, while Jakym Clark caught the touchdown pass.

Earl Green III was held to just 22 yards on nine carries. MC did not allow the Pride to run the ball on the day, as they had 13 yards rushing on 26 attempts.

Maryville College (3-6, 3-3 USA South) got on the board first, as the Scots forced a three-and-out with Greensboro losing six yards on the drive. Zac Ellison came on for the punt, as he fumbled the snap. Hardnett scooped the loose ball – which Ellison kicked away – returning it 30 yards to the Greensboro 13. The Pride was called for illegal catching, as it set the Scots up with first-and-goal on the 6. After a 7-yard loss, Hawkins scored the rushing touchdown with a 14-yard dash. Ian Hubbs' kick was good, making it 7-0 with 47 seconds left in the first half.

An interception and a pair of key penalties set up the Scots' next score. Cloyd returned the pick 8 yards to the Greensboro 37, before MC went on a six-play, 37-yard drive. A pair of back-to-back personal foul penalties allowed the Scots drive to continue, as Harbin found Burke for a 9-yard touchdown pass. Hubbs' kick made it 14-0 with 2:29 left before the half.

A six-play, 60-yard drive would make it a three score game in the third. A short punt hit a Greensboro defender, setting the Scots up near midfield. Harbin found Clayton Ogle for a 15-yard toss, before he connected with Hawkins for a 33-yard touchdown pass. Hubbs' kick made it 21-0 at the 11:49 point.

Greensboro College (1-8, 0-6) found their only scored of the day on a four-play, 41-yard drive. Loughry II found Rohan Goldston for a 35-yard toss, before he found Clark from 4 yards out for the touchdown. Ellison's kick made it 21-7 with 2:00 left in the third quarter.

MC would add the final score of the day on the next drive, needing just three plays for 73 yards. Thrower rushed for a 33-yard gain, before Thomas connected with Gentry for a 43-yard touchdown pass with 51 seconds left in the third. Hubbs' kick gave the final, 28-7.

Maryville will travel to Rocky Mount, N.C., for their final game of the 2019 slate on Saturday, Nov. 16. Kickoff against N.C. Wesleyan College is slated for noon.