Maryville College used a strong defensive effort in the first half to hold Hanover College at bay, as the Scots were able to take control in the second half for a key 24-20 come-from-behind win on Saturday.
Just a week after a disappointing loss to Berry College, 30-24, the Scots' offense came out sputtering.
Maryville gained only 43 total yards in the first half – hindered by 91 yards of penalties on seven flags.
MC would tally a pair of touchdowns and a field goal in the second half to overcome an early 14-0 deficit for their first victory of the 2017 season.
The Scots would fight their way to 263 total yards of offense for the game – 220 of those in the second half – as Michael Smith came out with an impressive three catches for 122 yards and a touchdown.
Adam Diggs went 14-for-18 for 187 yards and a touchdown, as he connected with Donaven Lewis seven times for 52 yards.
Marshall had six tackles with 1.5 sacks (9 yards) and 2.5 tackles for loss (11 yards).
Eddie Burton had five tackles, a tackle for loss and a forced fumble, while Jordan Early had five stops with a 37-yard fumble return for a touchdown. Blake Henderson added four tackles with an interception on the day.
For Hanover (0-2), it was Chase Lightfoot who went 23-for-36 for 168 yards and a touchdown. Lightfoot added a pair of scores on the ground for the Panthers, as Justin Conners had 53 yards on 15 carries.
Jackson Daugherty had eight catches for 85 yards and a touchdown, as Layne Harnishfeger led the Panther defense.
Harnishfeger recorded 13 total tackles with a trio of sacks for 15 yards of losses. He had four tackles for loss (18 yards) and a forced fumble for a complete day, as Kyle Treber added 11 tackles.
Hanover would strike first with a long, drawn-out drive. Henderson would get an interception on 3rd-and-7, before fumbling the ball back to the Panthers. Hanover would take over, putting together a 16-play, 46-yard drive that lasted 7:48. Numerous penalties hindered Maryville, however, as the Panthers had eight plays inside the MC 10-yard line. Lightfoot would eventually score on fourth-and-goal, extending the ball over the pile and past the pylon. Hanover led 1-0 with 3:34 left in the first.
The squad would add its second score of the day with a nine-play, 46-yard drive that lasted 5:46. Lightfoot would find Daugherty for a 9-yard fade, making the score 14-0 with 10:59 remaining in the opening half.
The Maryville College defense kept the Scots alive in the first half, scoring off a 37-yard touchdown fumble return. Eddie Burton forced the fumble, before Jordan Early used the scoop-and-score to pull Maryville (1-1) to within seven, 14-7.
At that point, the Scots had only 15 yards of total offense – 10 passing, 5 rushing – while recording six penalties for 61 yards. In the 30-minute first half, Hanover would control possession with 19:57 of the ball in the Panthers' hands.
The Maryville offense would tally only 43 yards in the first half, before opening the second half with a bang. Diggs would connect with a wide open Smith down the sideline for an 80-yard touchdown pass.
That pass would kick-start the Maryville offense, as they knotted the game at 14-all with 11:31 showing in the third.
A Maryville College fumble on a punt return would set the Panthers up on the Scots' 13-yard line. Lightfoot would need only four plays to cover the yardage, as he finished the drive with a 1-yard jaunt. The PAT's snap was low, as the pass failed with 7:59 left in the third, 20-14.
Chenier would complete an 11-play, 75-yard drive with a 1-yard run with 3:28 left in the third, before Ian Hubbs' PAT would give MC their first lead of the game, 21-20.
Hubbs would continue his work with 9:33 showing in the fourth, connecting on a 37-yard field goal attempt for the 24-20 final score.
Maryville College will look next to Emory & Henry College. The Scots will take to the road, as kickoff in Emory, Va. is slated for 1 p.m.