Lampeter-Strasburg HS graduate Collin “Bear” Shank completed 28-of-42 passes for 424 yards and six touchdowns to help the Maurauder’s beat Setin Hill 45-38.
Millersville made the plays when it mattered most. With Seton Hill driving for a go-ahead score late in the fourth quarter, the Marauder defense held strong on a fourth-and-seven, giving the ball back to Collin Shank and the Millersville offense. Facing his own fourth-and-seven from the Seton Hill 33, Shank found senior Kevin Wiggins, who slipped a tackle and raced for the game-winning touchdown, capping a back-and-forth 45-38 victory for the Marauders.
Shank, a freshman, threw for four and rushed for two touchdowns. He became the first Millersville quarterback to throw for 400 yards since Bill Shirk’s 423 in 2010, and he came within 34 yards of Drew Folmar’s single-game record which was set 1999. Wiggins not only caught the game-winner, but he finished with two touchdowns giving him 20 in his career and jumped him into fifth place all-time at Millersville. He also moved into sixth place in career yards with his 92-yard performance.
Wiggins’ catch and run came with 30 seconds left. Seton Hill’s last ditch effort ended three plays into its drive when Colin Suhr came up with his first career interception.
Millersville generated 540 yards of total offense—its most in more than 15 years, but not to be outdone, the defense made several key plays in the fourth quarter. The effort was led by Sean Dugan’s career-high 21 tackles, which is the most on record for a Marauder and tied for the most by any player in Division II this season.
And in addition to Suhr’s clinching interception, and the fourth down hold with 2:28 to play, the Marauders forced a three-and-out immediately after Shank plunged into the end zone from two yards out to tie the game at 38 all. And just before that 14-play, 67-yard drive by the Marauders, senior defensive end Tanner Dean stopped a Seton Hill drive in its tracks with an interception at the Millersville 33.
Dean’s interception was a momentum changer as Seton Hill, leading 38-31 at the time, was driving with a chance to increase its lead to two scores. The pick also came on the heels of Seton Hill intercepting Shank in the end zone, stifling Millersville’s game-tying chance.
Millersville outscored Seton Hill 14-0 in the fourth quarter and also went 3 for 5 on fourth down chances while holding Seton Hill without a fourth down conversion on two tries.
Shank put Millersville on the board with 1:55 left in the first quarter on the first of his two TD runs, and Millersville jumped in front 14-7 early in the second when Dylan Niedbalski caught a swing pass and barreled into the end zone from nine yards. But Seton Hill scored less than two minutes later and built a 21-14 lead before Wiggins and Shank connected from four yards out with 2:03 left in the half, capping a 44-yard driving that took 1:56 off the clock. Seton Hill’s Santiago Henao bounced a 41-yard field goal through off the right upright in the waning seconds of the first half, giving his team a 24-21 lead at the break.
Millersville kicker Joey Farley, who was perfect on extra points, tied the game on the first drive of the third with a 30-yard field goal. Phil Overton, who matched Wiggins with a career-high 92 receiving yards, took a pass 27 yards for a touchdown with 6:46 left in the third quarter, tying the game at 31-31.
The teams traded scores with Christian Strong throwing a TD pass to cap an 88-yard drive, which was answered by Millersville’s 67-yard drive and Shank’s TD run, tying the game at 38-38. Wiggins’ TD catch in the closing minute gave Millersville its first road win over a PSAC West opponent since 2005—ending a streak of 16 consecutive losses to the cross-divisional foes.
Millersville makes its home debut next week against nationally-ranked California (Pa.).