Early Miscues Prove Costly as Tigers Fall to Millsaps, 42-12

Early Miscues Prove Costly as Tigers Fall to Millsaps, 42-12

JACKSON, Miss. (November 7, 2015) – A blocked punt, an interception and a fumble in the first nine minutes of the game led to three early touchdowns by Millsaps as the Majors went on to defeat the Sewanee Tigers, 42-12, here Saturday in a steady rain storm.    

Ronald Hayes put Sewanee in great field position at the Millsaps 47 yard-line with a 42-yard return of the opening kickoff, but a Tiger fumble on the first play from scrimmage gave the Majors the ball at midfield.

Following a three-and-out and a punt by the Majors, the Tigers started their next drive on their own 25 yard-line, but the Tigers were unable to move the ball and were forced to punt. On fourth down, Millsaps blocked a John Cleveland punt and recovered the ball at the Sewanee nine yard-line.  A personal foul penalty on the first play from scrimmage backed the Majors up to the 24.  On the next play, Raphael Jones rushed 24 yards up the middle for the touchdown to give the Majors a 6-0 lead.  The extra point was good and with 9:59 left in the first quarter the Majors led 7-0.

Sewanee was able to pick up one first down on their next drive, but Jared Bullock intercepted an Allan Parrott third-down pass at midfield and returned it to the Sewanee 35.  On the next play, Millsaps' Johnson broke loose again for a 35-yard touchdown run.  Following the point after touchdown, the Majors led 14-0.

Disaster struck the Tigers for a third time in the game on the ensuing drive.  On the first play following the Millsaps kickoff, Hector Sandoval picked up an errant Sewanee option pitch and returned the fumble 25 yards for a Millsaps' touchdown.  The Majors led 21-0 with 6:25 to play in the first quarter.

On their next possession, the Tigers finally got their offense in gear as they drove 77 yards for a touchdown. The key play in the drive was a 49-yard pass from Parrott to Steven Hearn.  Parrott completed the scoring drive for the Tigers with a 1-yard quarterback sneak.  The point after failed and the Tigers trailed 21-6.

Millsaps responded to the Sewanee score with a 73-yard touchdown drive capped off by a Johnson touchdown run, his third of the game, to extend the lead to 28-6.

Late in the second quarter, a 19-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Chance Clowers to Kain Mitchell pushed the Majors' lead to 35-6 at halftime.

Another Sewanee turnover early in the third quarter resulted in a Millsaps' score.  Chandler Loy intercepted a Kevin Bolak pass and returned it 20 yards for the Millsaps touchdown to give the Majors a 42-6 lead.

With 6:56 remaining in the third quarter, the Tigers struck back when Devante Jones hit Hearn in the end zone with a 19-yard scoring strike.  Hearn was able to wrestle the ball away from the Millsaps' defender for the touchdown.  The play was set up by a 27-yard run down to the Millsaps' 17, by Andy Moots.   The Sewanee score made the score 42-12.

For the game, the Majors had 371 yards of total offense to Sewanee's 152.  The Tigers turned the ball over four times.  Millsaps had no turnovers.

Individually, Hearn had a big day with five receptions for 101 yards and one touchdown.  Cleveland continued his great work handling the punting duties.  Cleveland punted four times for a 54.2 yard average, including an 82-yard punt.

The Sewanee defense was led by Alex Kops and Trey Claus with 13 and 12 tackles, respectively.

The Tigers will wrap up the season next Saturday in Sewanee against Hendrix College.  It will be Homecoming on the Mountain.  Game time is 1:30 pm.