Turnovers costly as Scots fall to Hanover, 31-10

Turnovers costly as Scots fall to Hanover, 31-10

Maryville College faced off with its third 2018 NCAA Division III Playoff team in as many weeks, as turnovers proved costly in a 31-10 loss.

The Scots tallied four total turnovers in the non-conference game, as Hanover found a pair of interceptions in the red zone and returned a fumble for a touchdown.

MC's defense held on the day to give the Scots a chance for a late rally. Haydn Tanner recorded 10 total tackles – six of those going for solo stops – while he added a pass breakup. Senior Trenton Cumby added six tackles, including a pair of sacks and 3.5 tackles for a loss of 24 total yards. Colby Manis had nine tackles, while Bo Hering added seven tackles, a sack and 1.5 tackles for a loss of 11 yards.

In all, Maryville tallied three sacks for 26 yards and nine tackles for a loss of 46 yards.

The Scots offense was held to 272 yards of total offense, including 100 yards across the ground. MC allowed four sacks and nine tackles for loss on the day.

Pierre Watkins led the way with four catches for 51 yards, while Shemar Collier added a 16-yard reception and a touchdown. Andrew Gentry had 29 yards on two catches, while Logan Parker had 22 yards on a trio of snags.

Drew Blair went 7-of-11 through the air in his Maryville debut with 87 yards and a touchdown. Trevor Thomas was 12-of-19 for 85 yards on the day.

Kris Hawkins led the rushing corps with 38 yards on six touches, as Tevin Thrower added 31 yards on four carries. Jacob Bunch added 22 yards on 13 attempts.

Ian Hubbs went 1-for-1 on both field goals and extra points, including a 25-yard boot.

For Hanover, it was Noah Wezensky who was 25-of-35 through the air. The quarterback tallied 193 yards and a touchdown on the day, while Conner Gibson rolled up 69 yards on seven catches. Jared Frank caught four passes for 19 yards and a score for the Panthers.

Shawn Coane had 141 yards on 22 carries for a touchdown, while Walt Ballinger averaged 11.4 yards per carry with 57 total yards and a score.

Sam Smith led Hanover with 10 tackles, while Matt Rier returned a fumble for a touchdown. Kiefer Askew also caught two of the Panthers' three interceptions.

Maryville College (0-3) got on the board early in the second quarter, as the teams went scoreless through the first. An eight-play, 38-yard drive was highlighted by Tevin Thrower's 18-yard rush. The drive stalled at the Hanover 8-yard line, as Hubbs notched the 25-yard field goal. The Scots led 3-0 at the 10:59 mark of the second quarter.

Hanover College (2-1) mounted an 11-play, 49-yard drive on their next possession. Coane had a rush of 13 yards, as Hanover set up at the Scots' 3-yard line. A holding penalty moved it back to the 13, before a Wezensky pass to Daughter and a Coane 3-yard rush totaled the first touchdown of the game.

Austin Steurer's kick was good, as the Panthers led 7-3 with 7:30 left before the half.

A nine-play, 60-yard drive was capped as the buzzer sounded for the half. Wezensky found Frank from 3 yards out for the Panthers' second touchdown. At the half, Maryville trailed 14-3.

The Panthers struck again at the 7:03 mark of the third quarter. A 10-play, 52-yard drive ended, as the Scots defense held strong behind a Cumby sack. Hanover's Steurer made the 25-yard field goal to make the score 17-3.

Three plays later, Hanover would find a defensive score. Carson Plessinger found a sack for Hanover, as Rier was able to collect the loose ball. He ran 22 yard to make the score 24-3 at the 5:57 point of the third.

Blair would tally his first collegiate touchdown pass on the next Scots' drive. He coordinated an eight-play, 82-yard march, as he found Pierre Watkins for an 18-yard catch from Blair. The freshman quarterback found Collier on the next play, as Clayton Ogle and Connor Chandler threw perfect blocks to spring the junior. Collier went 16 yard for the touchdown, making the score 24-10 with 2:20 left in the third.

Hanover would add an insurance score with 3:45 left on a two-play, 49-yard drive. Ballinger found a crease, going 46 yards for a touchdown. The score made the final, 31-10.

Maryville College will have a week off before taking on a pair of USA South road challenges. MC travels to Brevard College on Saturday, Oct. 5 for a 3:00 p.m. kickoff, before heading to Montgomery, Ala. on Oct. 12. Kickoff against Huntingdon will be at 2:00 p.m. eastern, 1:00 p.m. central.