Scots fall to N.C. Wesleyan, 23-0

Scots fall to N.C. Wesleyan, 23-0

Maryville College ended the 2019 season on Saturday afternoon with a 23-0 loss to N.C. Wesleyan College in Rocky Mount, N.C.

The Scots gave up a 20-point second quarter, as a pair of turnovers and a turnover on downs proved costly against the USA South foe.

Maryville's defense held the Battling Bishops to a 1-of-11 effort (9 percent) on third down, as they only allowed eight first downs in the game. N.C. Wesleyan amassed just 221 yards on 47 plays, as the Scots posted 166 yards on 62 offensive snaps.

Trenton Cumby and Jamal Ware led the way defensively with seven tackles each. Cumby had a sack for 10 yards, while Ware added a tackle for loss. Tre Chandler had a forced fumble on the day, as he, JaCorey Jackson and Kyle Riddle had a tackle for loss each.

Offensively, Maryville (3-7, 3-4 USA South) was paced by freshman Cody Estep. He had 80 yards on 14 carries, while Kris Hawkins had 28 yards on five rushes, including a long of 26 yards. Brian Tiller had 21 yards on nine carries, as Caden Harbin had 16 yards on six rushes.

Trevor Thomas was 5-of-12 for 13 yards, while Harbin was 1-of-5 for 7 yards. MC managed just 20 yards passing to 171 by the Battling Bishops. The Scots held N.C. Wesleyan to 51 yards rushing overall.

Jacob Cortez had two catches for 20 yards, as Pierre Watkins had one catch for 9 yards on the day.

N.C. Wesleyan's Donielle Totten threw 5-of-14 for 171 yards and a touchdown. Tyler Roberts had two catches for 101 yards, including a 67-yard touchdown. Jai Irvin had the Bishops' other two catches, going for 70 yards.

Darian Curley led the rushing attack for N.C. Wesleyan with 38 yards on 15 carries, while kicker Eddie Graham went 3-for-4 on field goals and 2-for-2 on extra point attempts.

N.C. Wesleyan (6-4, 5-2 USA South) scored first on the game's opening drive. The Battling Bishops marched 55 yards in eight plays, before the Scots' defense stopped the drive on the MC 15-yard line. Graham's 32-yard field goal rang true to make the score 3-0 at the 11:23 mark of the first quarter.

The teams traded possessions through the remainder of the first quarter, as MC forced a punt to start the second quarter. The Scots went 24 yards on four plays behind a 19-yard run by Estep. However, an MC fumble would be picked up by Marcus Leggett who returned it 49 yards for the game's first touchdown. Graham's kick mad the score 10-0 at the 12:53 mark of the second quarter.

A special teams miscue would give N.C. Wesleyan the ball back just three players later, as MC turned the ball over on downs at their own 25. MC's defense held, allowing just 4 yards in six plays with Chandler forcing a fumble. Graham's 37-yard field goal extended N.C. Wesleyan's lead to 13 with 8:25 showing before the half.

A Scots' interception on the first play of the next drive, however, would give N.C. Wesleyan the ball again. MC forced a three-and-out, as Graham missed the 35-yard attempt. He hit the crossbar at the 6:48 mark.

Following a three-and-out, N.C. Wesleyan needed just one play for the game's only offensive touchdown. Totten connected with Roberts for a 67-yard touchdown pass with 5:02 left, before a 35-yarrd kick by Graham with 45 seconds left made the final score, 23-0.

The loss marks the Scots' first regular season shutout since the 2010 season.

Offensively this season, Maryville College was highlighted by sophomore running back Jacob Bunch. The Bean Station, Tenn. native rushed for more than 1,000 yards, as he became just the eighth Scot in MC history to rush for a grand in a single season.

Bunch finished his sophomore campaign with 1,028 yards and 10 touchdowns. He averaged 5.9 yards per carry, as he tallied the fifth-best rushing season in Maryville history. In all, he had 1,183 total yards this year with 155 receiving yards.

Cumby led the Scots defensively this season, as he was a half sack off the MC single season record. The Cookeville, Tenn. native ranked atop the USA South with 9.5 sacks this year, totaling 67 yards of loss for opponents.

He had 14 tackles for loss, as only Chris McCarty in 2000 had more sacks with 10 total. Cumby finishes his Maryville College career with 13 total sacks and 21.5 tackles for loss.