The Maryville College Scots fell in USA South play on Saturday afternoon, as Averett University took a 31-13 victory in Danville, Va.
The squads had nearly identical offensive number, as MC outgained the Cougars, 279-263. The Scots followed another strong performance from Jacob Bunch, as he posted his fifth-straight game of 100 yards or more.
Bunch had 140 yards on 26 attempts, as the sophomore averaged 5.4 yards per carry with a touchdown. He had a long run of 35 yards.
Quarterback Trevor Thomas ranked second on the squad in rushing with 36 yards on six carries. The fellow sophomore went 7-of-11 for 97 yards through the air.
Senior kicker Ian Hubbs went 2-for-2 on field goals, as he added an extra point. He scored seven points on the day to lead the Scots, as he handled punting and kicking duties.
Defensively, Colby Manis led the way with seven tackles, while Trenton Cumby, JaCorey Jackson and Brandon Lurry had a sack each. Jackson had a trio of quarterback hurries, while Cumby added three tackles for loss.
For Averett University, it was quarterback Jacob Wright. He went 15-of-22 for 151 yards and two touchdowns through the air.
He found Jarrod Mosby for 50 yards and a touchdown on five catches, while Chase Nixon added 42 yards and a score on four catches.
Chris Francis had 42 yards rushing on eight carries, while Joshua Tapscott had 27 yards and two touchdowns on 10 touches.
Averett University struck first on their opening drive of the first half. The Cougars marched 54 yards in seven plays, as Wright connected on two-straight plays for 42 yards. He found Francis for a 16-yard connection, before he found Jarrod Mosby for a 26-yard touchdown. Averett led 7-0 at the 10:01 mark with Cole Westberry's kick.
Maryville was aided by a pair of Unsportsmanlike Conduct penalties by the Cougars, as they marched 72 yards in 13 plays. The drive stalled just inside the red zone, however, as senior Ian Hubbs booted a field goal. The 40-yard attempt was good to leave the score at 7-3 at the 13:45 mark of the second quarter.
Maryville would take the lead on their next drive, going 92 yards in just 12 plays. Bunch started the drive with a 35-yard rush, before MC avoided disaster with a fumble and an interception in the end zone. Thomas recovered his own drop, as a roughing the passer penalty on the interception wiped the play. A trio of Bunch runs and a Thomas to Shemar Collier pass for 9 yards closed the gap, as Bunch finished the final 2 yards on the ground. Hubbs' extra point gave the Scots a 10-7 lead with 6:00 left in the half.
Averett answered on a nine-play, 63-yard drive toward the end of the second quarter. Tapscott rushed the final 5 yards of the drive for a 14-10 score at the break.
Following back-to-back three-and-outs, the two teams would trade scores in the third quarter. A short punt set the Cougars up on MC's side of the field, as they punched in a touchdown on a five-play, 44-yard drive. Tapscott rushed for the final 3 yards for a 21-10 lead at the 8:44 mark of the third quarter.
The Scots answered on their next drive, as Bunch opened the drive with a 34-yard run. Thomas completed passes of 28 and 11 yards, before Methodist held. Hubbs added a 24-yard field goal to make the score 21-13 at the 4:29 mark.
Averett took advantage of an MC offsides penalty on a kickoff, instead electing for another kick. Tapscott made the most of it, returning the ball 54 yards to the Maryville College 26-yard line. MC's defense forced a three-and-out, but Westberry's 44-yard field goal was good, making the score 24-13 at the 2:41 mark of the third quarter.
The Cougars added another touchdown on a nine-play, 56-yard drive. Wright completed the drive with a pass to Chase Nixon for 11 yards to make the final, 31-13.
Maryville College will look next to Greensboro College. The Scots will host the Pride on Saturday, Nov. 9 on Honaker Field, as MC will honor the careers of its 19 seniors.