Maryville spoiled Homecoming 2013 with a 47-35 win over the Panthers on Saturday at Callaway Stadium. The loss stopped a two-game winning streak for the Panthers, now 2-3 overall and 2-1 in the USA South.
Freshman Ervens Oge set several school records in the game. Oge had a record 141 yards receiving and tied the record for receptions in a game with 10. He scored his first collegiate touchdown on a 52-yard pass from quarterback Graham Craig.
Craig threw for 395 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions in the game. He had 228 yards in the first half as the Panthers held a 28-26 lead.
Maryville scored first to take a 7-0 lead. The Panthers answered in less than two minutes when Craig hooked up with Josh Hardrick on a 52-yard pass play to tie the game 7-7.
Shaqualm McCoy capped a nine play 64-yard drive on the Panthers' next possession. McCoy scored from five yards out to put the Panthers up 14-7.
The lead swapped hands four times in the second quarter. Griffin Roelle turned a short completion from Craig into a 29-yard scoring play to put the Panthers up 21-20.
Trailing 26-21, the Panthers needed only four plays to retake the lead. Oge covered the final 52 yards on a pass from Craig to make it 28-26.
Maryville drove the ball down the field after the Panthers' score. Nick Raszeja stepped in front of the receiver to pick off Evan Pittenger's pass in the end zone.
Maryville retook the lead and led 47-28 in the fourth quarter. The Panthers cut the deficit to 12 points on Craig's last touchdown pass.
Marsalis Jackson turned a 10-yard completion into an 80-yard touchdown. Jackson made the catch, avoided several defenders then broke free at midfield to complete the longest pass play in the program's short history.
The Panthers host Huntngdon next Saturday at 6 p.m. in a USA South game.