MILLERSVILLE, Pa. — Senior cornerback Joey Pham intercepted freshman quarterback Jack Wallman and returned the pick 48 yards for a touchdown to extend Millersville’s lead to 31- 14. And with a touch over a minute left in the contest, the Fighting Scots saw a winless season become more and more of a reality.
The Marauders (2-9, 1-6 PSAC East) claimed a 31-21 Senior Day victory in the 2015 football finale against Edinboro (0-11, 0-7 PSAC West). The Fighting Scots finished the season winless for the seventh time, as well as the first time since 1951. Additionally, the Scots’ 11 losses are the most in program history.
“I don’t know,” head football coach Scott Browning said in disbelief after the game. “We need to go back and we need to revamp. We need to talk things through and start putting together a plan for next year.”
Edinboro, who held the ball for just 17 minutes compared to nearly 43 on the Millersville side, finished the evening 1-11 on third down and 0-3 on fourth down.
“We never got in sync offensively,” Browning said. “I thought we had a shot down the stretch and on fourth and two we dropped the football. It’s kind of the way things went for us.”
Wallman, leading the offense as a starter for the second straight week after logging his first career start a week ago, finished 11-of-34 through the air for 160 yards, as he threw one touchdown pass and two interceptions.
“We struggled. It wasn’t just Jack, I mean we struggled,” Browning said. “We had a lot of dropped footballs. We had sacks given up by the offensive line. Jack had his share too. It’s part of being a young quarterback. There’s a lot going on and the game is really fast.”
The Marauders got things started with an 11- play, 86-yard touchdown drive that took over six minutes after stopping the Scots with a three- and-out on the opening possession of the game. Redshirt junior quarterback J.J. Paige found senior wide receiver Sean Quarterman in the middle of the end zone for a 3-yard touchdown strike.
Junior tailback Cory Bell took off for a 59-yard touchdown run, his longest run of the season, to tie things up early in the second quarter. The Scots amassed 80 yards rushing as a team on the day, despite Bell’s early first half burst.
“At times, they moved their front a lot,” Browning explained about Millersville’s defense. “When someone does that, sometimes you’re going to hit it back and sometimes they’re going to hit you big. That’s really what you saw today.”
Millersville hit two big screen passes for touchdowns as redshirt junior tailback Cimorrow Moat (2 rec., 118 rec yds., and 2 TDs) was on the receiving end of both. To make it a 14-7 ball game in the second quarter, Paige set up a left side screen pass that went 78 yards for
The Marauders, who led 17-7 at the half, went back to the well with the very same play call to Moat to make it a 24-7 lead midway through the third quarter.
Riding high off a 26-6 win over Cheyney a week prior to notch its first of the season, Millersville rode in with a lot of confidence, according to Browning.
“No question,” Browning said. “The confidence, I think he’s got a bunch of young players like we do and playing at home I think was good for them. I think with the way they won last week, I think it gave them a lot of confidence.”
Freshman cornerback Mitch Thomas finished the scoring with a 91-yard kick return for a touchdown. For Thomas, it was his third touchdown scored on the season, with an interception return and punt return for touchdowns coming earlier this year.
Mike Fenner is a Senior Staff Writer for The Spectator.