MARYVILLE, Tenn. (MC Release) - On a rain soaked Honaker Field, the Emory & Henry Wasps took advantage of Maryville College turnovers, penalties, inconsistent offense to claim a 21-8 road victory over the Scots. The renewed rivalry is the first meeting of the schools since 2000.
Emory & Henry first possession saw quarterback Kyle Boden go 12-for-12 on their opening drive. His efforts led the Wasps to a 14 play, 77 yard scoring drive in six minutes. His pass to DaVon Ross from five yards out gave E&H their first lead. Matt Turchin's kick made the score 7-0 in the first quarter.
Just before the end of the first half a pair of MC penalties gave E&H the ball in striking distance. A 13 yard pass from Boden to Kasey Jones put them on the doorstep. With 16 second left before intermission Boden capped a six play, 26 yards scoring drive with a one-yard plunge. Turchin's kick game the visitors a 14-0 lead at the half.
The Wasps went up by three scores with a defensive score. A Blake Williams fumble in MC territory was scooped up by Emory's Evan Williamson and he advanced it into the end zone from four yards out. Turchin's kick gave E&H a solid 21-0 advantage.
Maryville's defense forced E&H to a few negative plays and then capitalized by forcing a fumble deep in Wasp territory. On 4th and 16, Emory snapped the ball over the punter head for a MC safety. At the conclusion of three quarters, Maryville trailed 21-2.
The Scots won the final quarter scoring in their first drive of the final stanza. A three yard pass from Evan Pittenger to Tim Foster capped a three play scoring drive after Kane Crowell intercepted E&H's Boden and returned it 64 yards to put MC in striking distance.
Both defenses and the poor weather dug in and the score would end 21-8.
Emory & Henry (2-0) was led offensively by Joe Vaughn's 103 rushing yards on 22 carries. Kasey Jones added 51 yards on the ground on 17 attempts. Quarterback Kyle Boden was 18-for-31 for 97 yards via the air. His favorite receiver was Chad Williams who hauled in five catches for 23 yards. Sam Edmonds added four receptions.
Defensively for the Wasps, Paul Forney led E&H with a dozen tackles. He had a sack, a forced fumble, a tackle for a loss, and a quarterback hurry for a complete effort. Anthony Jones added an interception and return of 25 yards to Emory's strong defensive effort.
Maryville (0-2) rushed for a total of 84 team yards. Paul Costanzo led MC with 45 yards on 14 carries. Quarterback Evan Pittenger went 12-for-28 for 74 total passing yards. Blake Williams hauled in six passes for 47 yards.
MC's defense was paced by the swarming efforts of Jamie Owen, Dylan Wolfenbarger, and Josh Krebs. Owen paced the game with 17 total tackles which included a sack, a pair of tackles for a loss, and a forced fumble. Wolfenbarger added 15 tackles with Krebs totaling 11 stops including a pair of quarterback hurries. MC's secondary was strong with interceptions by Crowell and a 32 yard pick from Jacob Berwind.
"We would do some good things and then shoot ourselves in the foot with a negative yardage play or turnover," stated MC's head coach Mike Rader. "I was very pleased with our defense. They executed and gave our offense some opportunities to put the ball into the end zone and we did not capitalize on our opportunities."
The Scots will return to action next Saturday when they host the University of the South (Sewanee). The 1:30 kickoff on Honaker Filed will be preceded by a "Military Appreciation Day."