The Shippensburg University football team is proving that it is unstoppable, this time leaving tire marks on visiting Millersville University, 61-6, on a gorgeous Saturday afternoon at Seth Grove Stadium.
Fans flocked to Seth Grove Stadium in droves for Parents and Family Weekend, and the Raiders did not disappoint. The 5,000 on hand witnessed a scoring clinic that has separated the Raiders from the rest of the PSAC in recent weeks.
The Raiders, who average a PSAC-high 52 points per game, wasted no time against MU. Eighteen seconds into the game, Zach Zulli connected with Jacob Baskerville for a 23-yard score. The touchdown was a sign of things to come for SU.
Two minutes later, after a Marauder three-and-out, tailback Mike Frenette battled through would-be tacklers and scurried for a 54-yard score. The score brought change as MU brought in its backup quarterback, Sean Quarterman to try and lead a rally.
That rally never happened.
The Raiders’ blitzkrieg offense continued to pour on points in the second quarter, scoring 24 points, 14 of those coming in a one-minute span. By the time the Marauders blinked, it was 41-6 going into the half.
The second half proved to be a repeat of the first. Frenette, who finished with a season high, 190 yards on 13 carries and two touchdowns, scampered for a 56-yard run on the Raiders’ first possession. A Trevor Harman touchdown late in the third quarter ended the starters’ day.
SU’s defense, which has underperformed since the second half against Shepherd University, regained its composure and limited the Marauders to 62 total yards in the contest. Linebackers James Brennan and Cody Fleming anchored a run defense that allowed a meager 44 yards all game.
The Raiders are trying to prove they are worthy of a national ranking, and with performances as seen on Saturday, that ranking should come within weeks.
Backup quarterback Chris Lawshe performed well in mop-up duty, running for a touchdown late in the game.
Zulli finished the game with 222 yards passing, four touchdowns and one interception.
The Raiders, now 4-0 on the season, will travel to Lock Haven University next Saturday. LHU has lost 46-straight and is one defeat away from the NCAA record. This year, LHU has been outscored 165-19 and has given up an average of 40 points per game.