Our Team looked strong during this weekend’s homecoming game with a 14-0 win against Averett College. It was a perfect day for football, and homecoming’s traditional tail-gating party was in full swing prior to the game. By kick-off, the bleachers and grandstands were filled to the brim with fans ready to cheer for Maryville College’s Fighting Scots.
In the first quarter Maryville was on the board in less than minutes after recovering a fumbled punt return. Elijah Chenier ran the 16 yards for the touchdown in the only third drive of the game. The first couple minutes of the game were intense, and not without injury. Maryville’s Jacob Bunch suffered injuries during Maryville’s first offensive play, but remains in good spirits despite having had to undergo surgery to his leg and ankle.
“The team was very positive. I don’t think that there has been one person who hasn’t either texted me or called me to check on me since I’ve been back to gamble. I have so many people come check on me. God does things for a reason and I may not like what’s going on right now, but it’s for the best and he is always watching over us,” Said Bunch. “Coach Hayes came and visited me and my family in the hospital and he was very nice. He told them he would do anything for us if we needed him to.”
During the second quarter of the game, the defense held out strong as Averett tried to gain yards on the ground and through the air. After a few plays that had Averett’s quarterback scrambling in the backfield, Maryville’s Bo Herring picked up a sack to add to his long list of defensive tackles.
Jamal Ware was another key player on Saturday as he picked up six tackles and an interception during the game. Overall, Maryville’s defense allowed less than 50 rushing yards for the entire game, and forced 3 turnovers.
Maryville’s offense showed up in full force with 181 yards rushing and 40 minutes of possession.
“We’re feeding them a steady diet of runs,” Said Dr. Chad Schrock, a professor of psychology and MC football fan. With Chenier less than 200 yards needed to break the MC career rushing record, fans were glad to see him carry the ball for more than 143 yards during the game.
“I am so proud of my O-line. I couldn’t do it without them. It feels great to go out like this as a senior. We got two victories more and then it’s ours,” said Chenier.
“We had the right mindset and we wanted to make sure that we didn’t beat ourselves out there. These kids played great today,” said Head Football Coach Shaun Hayes. “The power of belief is undefeated.”
Maryville goes on the road to Greensboro for next Saturday’s game at 1 p.m.