Scots fall in battle with Hawks, 28-16

Scots fall in battle with Hawks, 28-16

The Maryville College Fighting Scots faced their third loss of the 2017 season on Saturday, as Huntingdon College took the USA South matchup, 28-16.

After trailing 21-7 at the half, Maryville outscored the Hawks 9-7 in the second, as it wouldn't be enough.

The Scots outgained the Hawks, 368-342, although the Orange and Garnet were only able to convert on 17 percent (2-of-12) of their third-down attempts. Huntingdon's 114 yards on four returns also hindered MC, while the Scots committed six penalties for 49 yards.

Saturday's loss to Huntingdon marks the 10th-straight to the conference foe dating back to 2007.

Maryville (3-3, 1-2 USA South) saw Adam Diggs go 14-of-33 for 199 yards and a pair of touchdowns on the day. Elijah Chenier carried the ball 15 times for 94 yards, as Elijah Hairston added 60 yards on nine touches.

Mac Seagle led the receiving corps with three catches for 68 yards, as Juwan Hill had two catches for 54. Michale Smith (2-for-36 yards) and Donavan Lewis (3-for-11 yards) each caught touchdowns for Maryville.

The Scots saw Chris McKenzie lead the way with 10 total tackles and a stop for loss. Cedric Brown added nine tackles, a sack and a fumble recovery for MC, as Blake Henderson had eight stops with one for loss. Ronald Eckles also added a sack, while DeAngelo Collington had a pair of tackles for loss.

Huntingdon College (6-1, 4-0) was led by Quarterback Chip Taylor, as he led the squad in both passing and rushing. He went 15-of-24 for 168 yards and a pair of scores through the air, while rushing 10 times for 84 yards and a score across the ground.

Otis Porter was his favorite target, as the receiver tallied four catches for 72 yards, catching both of Taylor's scores. Trey Hayes had 10 tackles, as Charlie Jones added nine solo stops. Jarrett White also had an interception for the Hawks.

Huntingdon would strike first in the opening quarter. The Hawks needed just five plays to cover 87 yards, as Taylor added a 70-yard dash on the second play of the drive. Maryville added a personal foul penalty to aid Huntingdon, before Taylor finished the drive with a 4-yard dash to pay dirt. Chase Young's kick was good, as the Hawks led 7-0 with 7:23 left in the first.

They would strike again with 1:07 left in the quarter. The Hawks had good starting position, after the Scots were called for kick-catch interference. Three plays later, Taylor connected with Porter for a 39-yard screen pass score and a 14-0 advantage.

Maryville would earn their first score with 10-play, 80-yard drive. After facing third-and-15 on the Huntingdon 44, the Hawks were called for a personal foul, unsportsmanlike. It gave the Scots one of their two third-down conversions on the day, before Diggs found Smith on a 17-yard fade in the back, right corner of the end zone. Hubbs' kick was good, making the score 14-7 with 6:43 left in the second quarter.

Huntingdon would score on their next drive, however, going 69 yards in six plays. Taylor completed a 31-yard pass on the play to Jay Davison, before the Scots were called for another personal foul. Vic Jerald would score across the ground from 1 yard out with 4:07 on the clock, making the score 21-7 at the break.

After Maryville forced a three-and-out on the opening drive of the second half aided by an Eckles' sack, the Scots went 11 plays for 77 yards. Diggs completed a 30-yard pitch to Seagle, setting Maryville up with first-and-goal on the 7-yard line. The Scots could only gain four of those yards, as Hubbs' notched a 20-yard field goal for a 21-10 score with 7:38 left in the third.

However, a 56-yard kickoff return by Garrett Headley would prove troublesome, as he set the Hawks up on the Maryville 22-yard line. Taylor found Porter on a fade to the left corner of the end zone, as he was able to get one foot down in the corner with 6:02 showing. Young's kick was good, as Huntingdon held a 28-10 lead at the end of the third.

The Scots would add a final score with 10:44 left in the final stanza, covering 63 yards on five plays. Diggs found Juwan Hill for a 42-yard throw, before he tossed a 3-yard touchdown to Lewis three plays later. The two-point try failed, making the score 28-16.

Maryville will look next to face Methodist University on Homecoming Saturday. Kickoff against the Monarchs is slated for 2 p.m. on MC's legendary Honaker Field.