Crimson Hawks rebound with strong victory in Millersville
Published: Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, October 2, 2012 14:10
The Crimson Hawks bounced back with a 41-7 victory on the road against Millersville while gaining 552 yards on offense.
“It was a great win, but it was a sloppy game,” Head Coach Curt Cignetti said.
The Hawks offense came out early and started to show domination on a defense that ranked 14th in the conference in rushing yards allowed, but Millersville was determined not to get beat on the ground throughout the game.
However, early on the Hawks were able to have some success on the ground with Harvie Tuck finding the end zone on two consecutive offensive possessions with runs of one and two yards out that let the Hawks have an early 14-0 lead.
Tuck did not see his usual amount of time in this game, finishing with 12 carries for 41 yards and those two early touchdowns.
The majority of the carries went to De’Antwan Williams and Montay Green after Tuck had a fumblelate in the first half.
With Tuck still recovering from all of the work that he did the previous week, it was on new starting quarterback Mike Box and his receivers to carry the day for the offense. In the second quarter, Box found Terrell Barnes on a 67 yard touchdown pass that put the Hawks on top 21-0.
Both Box and Barnes had huge days. Box finished the day 15-24 for 278 yards passing and the one touchdown to Barnes. Barnes had four catches for 104 yards including that one touchdown.
“He [Barnes] really stepped up,” Box said. “He took last week personally and he’s a playmaker.”
Even with big days from both of those players, Millersville was able stay in with the help of their sophomore quarterback Sean Quarterman. He led his team in rushing with 16 attempts for 76 yards, including one that went for 52 yards in the second quarter.
Quarterman also counted for the Marauders only score of the day when he sneaked in for a touchdown from one yard out to cut the lead to 21-7. The Marauders were set up with great field position after a Tuck fumble was recovered by Millersville.
The Marauders had some
confidence heading into halftime with that score late in the second quarter, but those hopes for a miracle win were dashed on the first play of the third quarter.
Pat Brewer, who sparked his team early in the season when he returned the second half kickoff for a touchdown, did it again against Millersville. Brewer returned the ball 92 yards to put the Hawks up 28-7.
This was just one part of Brewer’s day. He also finished the game leading the team with seven receptions with 117 yards receiving and had a receiving touchdown as well that came later in the game with Pat Smith took over.
Before the touchdown pass the Hawks added to field goals from Brett Ullman that had them up 34-7 when Smith took over for Box.
Smith was able to find Brewer on his first pass of the game for a 41 yard touchdown pass that put the Hawks up 41-7.
The Hawks were able to run out the rest of the clock and stroll out of Millersville with a confident 41-7 victory.