Hubbs ties MC, USA South record as Scots claim Homecoming over Methodist, 35-14

Hubbs ties MC, USA South record as Scots claim Homecoming over Methodist, 35-14

Maryville College celebrated Homecoming 2017 with a 35-14 win over USA South foe Methodist University, as the Scots' Ian Hubbs tied both a Maryville College and conference record.

The 6-foot, 205-pound junior went 5-for-5 on field goals in Saturday's contest, as he notched a pair of field goals more than 40 yards.

Hubbs' five field goals ties both the MC and the USA South Athletic Conference record for most field goals in a game in Saturday's victory, tying both Jonathan Sykes (2012) and Tim Kelly (1974).

He kicked field goals 20, 45, 36, 46 and 29 yards in the contest. The Palm Coast, Fla. native's 46-yard field goals ties as the fourth-longest in school history, as his 45 yarder ranked tied for sixth.

Maryville College rolled up an impressive 235 yards rushing, as the Scots tallied 394 yards of total offense in the Homecoming victory.

Caine Adamson went 6-of-13 for 103 yards and a touchdown through the air, as fellow freshman Kris Castillo added a 3-for-9 day for 56 yards.

The Scots' 235-yard rushing day was spread across six different runners, as Elijah Hairston led the way with 82 yards on 13 carries with a touchdown. Elijah Rachel had 54 yards on eight carries, while Castillo added 42 yards on nine touches.

Jordan Ligon had a pair of catches for 61 yards, as Mac Seagle added the touchdown on one catch for 17 yards.

Maryville's Pierre Chadwick added a thrilling 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to his four-tackle, three pass-break-up day. Franchez Marshall had six tackles with one-and-a-half tackles for loss and a quarterback hurry. Blake Henderson and Markel Kea tallied interceptions, as Kea returned his for 38 yards.

For Methodist, it was quarterback Steve Keoni who went 19-of-38 for 255 yards and a pair of scores. Dylan Cummings pulled in 10 of those catches for 146 yards and a touchdown, as Xzavier McNeil had a pair of catches for 42 yards and a touchdown.

Maryville (4-3, 2-2 USA South) scored on their opening drive of the game, marching 57 yards in six plays. Hairston had 30 of those yards across the ground, adding a 3-yard score with 10:35 left in the first quarter. Hubbs added the extra point for a 7-0 Maryville lead.

Less than four minutes later, the Scots would strike again. A seven-play, 78-yard drive was capped with Adamson finding Seagle for a 17-yard pitch and catch after Adamson had contributed a 43-yard dash earlier in the drive. Hubbs' PAT attempt was wide left – his only miscue of the day – as Maryville led 13-0 with 6:47 left.

Methodist (1-6, 1-3) would cut their deficit in half on a three-play, 67-yard drive. Keoni rushed for 35 yards, before finding Cummings on a 35-yard touchdown pass. Landon Cheviron's kick was good, as the Scots held a 13-7 lead with 11:19 left in the opening half.

Maryville would rely on the leg of Hubbs with 7:06 showing in the second quarter. An eight-play, 71-yard drive stalled at the Methodist 3-yard line. Hubbs' kick from 20 sailed true for a 16-7 MC advantage.

With 3:16 showing, Hubbs would add his second of the day – this time from 45 yards out – to give Maryville a 12-point lead. The eight-play, 40-yard drive stalled on the Monarch 28-yard line, before the junior's kick made the score 19-7.

That's where the score would remain until the opening kickoff of the second half. Chadwick too Cheviron's 60-yard kickoff, going 95 yards untouched for the score. With just 13 seconds off the clock in the second half, Maryville upped their lead to 26-7.

Just 2:50 later, Hubbs would add his third field goal of the afternoon. After a Kea interception, MC's four-play drive stalled on the 19-yard line. Hubbs converted the 36-yarder for a 29-7 score with 11:57 left in the third quarter.

At the 1:05 mark of the same quarter, the kicker would add his fourth of the day and his longest. A nine-play, 36-yard drive was stopped at the Methodist 29-yard line. Hubbs kicked the 46-yard boot true, as the Scots led 32-7.

Methodist would add their second touchdown of the day, this one, as 28-yard Keoni pass to McNeil. With 9:23 left in the game, Methodist trailed 32-14.

On the next drive, Hubbs would add a 29-yard field goal to complete the score and tie the MC and USA South records. The Scots took the game, 35-14, to celebrate Homecoming on the hill.

Maryville will travel to Averett University next week, Saturday, Oct. 28. The USA South Athletic Conference game is slated to kickoff at 1 p.m.