MARYVILLE - Maryville College’s Lucas Wall plunged into the end-zone behind the block of senior center Andrew Crawford from two yards out to give the Scots a 27-24 overtime come from behind victory over the Hawks of Huntingdon College on Saturday afternoon in front of a capacity crowd at MC’s Lloyd L. Thornton Stadium.
The Scots (3-0) battled Huntingdon (1-3) for field position in the first quarter. The foes held each other scoreless in the first stanza.
Maryville’s Brad Daniell broke the scoreless streak at the 10:53 mark with a 37 yard field goal after missing a pair of earlier attempts.
The Hawks countered with an eight play, 74 yard drive that ended with a Zach Golson 10-yard touchdown run. The extra point failed, but Huntingdon took the lead 6-3.
As the teams went to the intermission, Huntingdon maintained the three point advantage.
In the second half, Maryville evened the score within the first five minutes. Daniell connected from 20 yards out, finishing a six play drive.
Huntingdon answered MC’s drive with a methodical 11-play, 59 yard drive. Golson hit Steven Manning from three yards out to secure the score. Adam Brummett placed the point after and Huntingdon led 13-6.
As the Scots were driving in their next possession Rishard Davis forced MC’s Rommel Hightower to fumble and HC’s Bryan Wells recovered.
Maryville’s defense rose to the occasion and threw the Hawks for a pair of consecutive losses. Huntingdon’s following punt attempt was negated by a poor snap and Maryville earned a safety when punter Will Grindle kicked the ball out of the end-zone.
The third quarter ended with Huntingdon possessing a 13-8 lead, but MC was waiting on the end-zone fringe following a six play 36 yard drive that had Maryville on the Hawks one yard line to begin the fourth period.
Quarterback Lucas Wall took the one yard plunge to give MC a 14-13 advantage. The two-point conversion pass failed.
Huntingdon’s Steven Laye took an Andy Ottolini punt and returned it 17-yards to give HC great field possession with 5:39 remining in the game.
Golson rallied his troops for a five play scoring drive. He reached paydirt with a yard dive at the 3:41 mark. He hit Manning for the conversion and put his Hawks up 21-14 with only 3:37 left in the contest.
Sophomore Lucas Wall did not show his inexperience when he struck back with a strong 13-play, 85 yard scoring drive. He connected with Tyler Sauceman from 14-yards out with :23 seconds remaining on the clock to get MC within a point. Daniell converted and the game went to overtime 21-21.
Huntingdon’s overtime possession saw a holding penalty push them further back from the goal line. Kicker Adam Brummett cleared the crossbar from 43 yards out to give Huntingdon a 24-21 advantage.
Maryville used three Nick Moore rushes totaling 14 yards and a Lucas Wall scramble of six yards before Wall crossed the goal line with the game winning one yard push behind Crawford and his offensive line.
Maryville was paced on offense by Rommel Hightower’s 131 yards on 30 carries. Lucas Wall was 16-for-32 for 154 yards and the scoring toss to Sauceman. Sauceman led all Scots receivers with 41 yards on four receptions.
Defensively, Maryville held Huntingdon to 118 yards rushing. Linebacker Scott Stevens posted 12 total tackles which included six solo stops and a tackle for a loss of seven yards. Kyle Chewning recorded 11 stops, while defensive back Cory Boatman had eight tackles, six solo, and a pair of tackles for a loss. Garrett Meyer and Derrick Christian each had key interceptions to stop Huntingdon drives.
The Scots 3-0 start is their first since the 1981 season.
Maryville will host Greensboro College next Saturday on MC’s Honaker Filed. Kick-off to begin Maryville’s USA South Athletic Conference schedule is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.