Raiders roll over Marauders, Zulli and Metz set records
In just the second PSAC East matchup of the year, the Shippensburg University football team steamrolled Millersville University 48–10 Saturday afternoon.
The Raiders made a statement early that they were going to dominate the game. SU drove down the field in just 14 plays, collecting 71 yards on the way and finishing off the drive with a touchdown pass from senior quarterback Zach Zulli to junior wide receiver Sheldon Mayer.
Mayer only had 35 receiving yards on the day but scored two key touchdowns for the Raiders during their big victory.
“Every time you step on the field and you have Zach as your quarterback you got an advantage…there is a lot of pressure on that young man’s shoulders and he’s handled that well,” head coach Mark Maciejewski said.
Zulli did not let the pressure get to him and posted great numbers for SU yet again, notching 353 passing yards and registered five passing TDs. With his five touchdown passes Zulli becomes just the fourth PSAC quarterback ever to throw 100 touchdown passes in his career.
MU cut the lead to 7–3 when Evan Stahl knocked in a 24-yard field goal.
Zulli found Mayer yet again on SU’s fourth drive of the game for a 7-yard touchdown pass.
SU dominated the rest of the game. The Raiders scored once more before the half when Zulli and junior wide receiver Trevor Harman connected for a 59 yard touchdown pass just 14 seconds before the second quarter ended, sending the Raiders’ lead to 20–3.
“When Trevor gets the ball in his hands he is dangerous. He is always dangerous,” Maciejewski said.
Harman was indeed dangerous against the Marauders Saturday afternoon. Harman accumulated 151 receiving yards and added two touchdowns to his season total.
Raider junior wide receiver Quran Kent caught a touchdown pass from Zulli in the third quarter.
SU’s junior running back Blair Brooks added two more touchdowns to the Raiders’ lead, one coming off an 8-yard touchdown run and the other from an 89-yard kickoff return.
Brooks recorded 112 rushing yards throughout today’s game, his first 100-plus-yard rushing game this season.
The Raiders added on one more touchdown before the game came to a close when Zulli found Harman open one more time. The connection went for 45 yards, capping the Raiders’ lopsided victory.
Throughout all of the offensive action the Raiders’ defense was just as stellar. SU’s defense held MU to just three yards rushing and only 230 total offensive yards.
Senior defensive lineman Jake Metz set a new school record for career sacks during Saturday’s game; Metz now has 24.5 career sacks.
“Anything career leading is awesome but really I owe it to the D-line as a whole,” Metz said.
Metz gave credit where it was due because the whole defensive line has performed to the highest expectations possible so far this season, especially on Saturday.
Junior linebacker Chase Fleming recorded a career high six tackles, two and a half of which were for loss.
The Raiders will now return home Saturday as they face a struggling, 0–4 Seton Hill University team.
Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. at Seth Grove Stadium.