MARYVILLE (Maryville College Sports Information) - The Maryville College Scots used a tenacious defense and opportunistic offense to secure a 24-7 victory over Greensboro College on Saturday afternoon in front of a capacity crowd at Maryville’s Lloyd L. Thornton Stadium.
The Pride (1-2, 0-1 USA South) looked strong on their first possession. Torrey Lowe ran multiple plays to give Greensboro a 12-play, 59 yard drive that ended on the Scots 13 yard line. A fumbled snap on a Chris Palme attempted field goal resulted in a missed opportunity for the Pride. An MC face mask on the play gave Greensboro a second opportunity. Momentum shifted to the Scots as Palme hit the right upright and the defense gained much needed confidence that lasted throughout the game.
With 5:16 remaining in the first quarter, Maryville used a 14 yard scramble by quarterback Lucas Wall and a 14 yard catch from Jimmy LaPinska to set up a 13-yard Rommel Hightower scamper to pay-dirt. Brad Daniell hit the extra point and Maryville took the lead 7-0.
On the ensuing kick-off Bud Christy forced Greensboro’s Rod Hill to fumble and Maryville had the ball on the Pride 21 yard line. MC could not capitalize on the field possession as Hightower fumbled on the 1-yard line.
Both teams battled for field possession as each punter displayed their skills and both defenses stalled drives that lasted no more than four minutes each. As both squads sprinted to the half, Maryville earned a 7-0 advantage.
Greensboro’s second possession in the second half saw quarterback Mike Capparaso complet five passes and lead his Pride to the Maryville 22 yard line. On Capparaso’s sixth attempt, Maryville’s Dustin Locke intercepted and returned it 31 yards to the Greensboro 34.
Two plays later, Nick Moore darted 21 yards for the score. Daniell’s kick put MC up 14-0.
The Pride would fight back when Locke fumbled a punt return, giving them the ball on Maryville’s 15 yard line. Six plays later Lowe rushed for a two-yard score. Palme hit the extra point and MC’s advantage was only 14-7 at the conclusion of the third quarter.
The Scots fought back on their next possession. A 43-yard burst from Nick Moore put the Scots in Brad Daniell’s range and the placekicker hit from 35 yards out to put the score at 17-7 with 12:40 remaining.
MC’s Kyle Chewning, who led the Scots with 12 tackles, forced Lowe to fumble on Greensboro’s next possession. MC took the ball over at mid-field but could not capitalize.
Greensboro’s next drive was stalled by Dustin Locke’s second pick of the day. His efforts gave MC the ball on the Greensboro 25 yard line. MC’s offense stalled and Daniell’s 28 yard field goal attempt was blocked.
With 3:52 left, Nick Moore earned his second score of the game on a 13-yard driving run that featured the sophomore breaking several tackles. Daniel added the kick and Maryville led 24-7.
Maryville’s offense churned out 271 yards on the ground for the game. Nick Moore led the Scots with 112 yards on 11 carries and a pair of touchdowns. Rommel Hightower added 97 yards on 23 attempts.
MC defense held Greensboro to 80 yards of rushing offense. Torrey Lowe earned 61 yards on 19 touches. Quarterback Mike Caparaso was 19-38 for 194 yards and three interceptions.
MC junior Dustin Locke tallied 117 yards in returns with a pair of punts, a pair of kick-offs, and a pair of interceptions.
Defensively, Greensboro used four sacks and the eight tackle efforts of Ryan Picarella and Logan Green. Maryville (4-0, 1-0 USA South) was paced by Chewning’s dozen stops. Dusty Cole had eight tackles and 2.5 tackles for a loss of 11 yards. Steve Buckner had four tackles and a 67 yard interception return to help the Scots.
Maryville’s 4-0 start is their first four-game win streak to start a season since the 1985 campaign. The Scots will look to extend their success next Saturday when they travel to Rocky Mount, North Carolina to face the USA South pre-season favorite North Carolina Wesleyan College.