JACKSON, Miss. ---- The Hawks are handed their third loss of the season, despite gaining 417 total yards while holding the Majors to 283 total yards of offense.
Statistically, Huntingdon led the majority of the categories except for the scoreboard. Millsaps came out early scoring on the first drive of the game, and never trailed after the 7-0 lead with 11:48 left in the opening quarter.
Millsaps found the only points of the first quarter, coming from a 52-yard touchdown pass by Garrett Pinciotti to Jason O’Rear. The Majors found an early offensive rhythm from the six-play 68 yard scoring drive, leading the Hawks 7-0.
The second quarter saw 24 total points and the most action on the day. Huntingdon led off the scoring when Corey Robertson made his first field-goal of the season from 18-yards out, capping an eleven-play 47 yard drive making the score 7-3 with 14:12 left in the first half.
Millsaps answered back with two scoring drives in the second quarter, coming from two Pinciotti touchdown passes. First, Pinciotti connected with Shane Bowser for a 38-yard touchdown pass with 10:23 to play in the half, on a seven-play 66 yard scoring drive. The Majors blocked a Carl Sanders punt and recovered the ball on the four yard line. Two plays later, Pinciotti found Thomas Theriot in the corner of the end zone for the score, with 5:20 to play in the second quarter.
After falling behind 21-3, the Hawks reached the end zone when Trevor Manuel went up the middle for 15-yards and the touchdown. The score capped a five-play 45 yard drive, cutting Millsaps lead to 11-points, 21-10, into the half.
In the second half, Huntingdon scored the only points in the third quarter coming from a 37-yard field-goal by Corey Robertson, making the score 21-13. The field-goal ended an eight-play drive of 37 yards, with 8:25 to play in the third quarter.
The Hawks cut the lead to two-points in the beginning of the fourth quarter, after a Millsaps punt pinned Huntingdon on its own one yard line. The Hawks marched down the field for 2:31 on an eight-play 99 yard scoring drive. Trevor Manuel found the end zone for the second time of the day on a two-yard run, which Manuel broke a tackle and dove in for the score. The two-point conversion attempt failed when a Plagenhoef pass sailed just out of Manuel’s reach, leaving Millsaps up 21-19 with 12:19 in the fourth quarter.
Millsaps extended the lead midway through the fourth quarter, coming on a seven-yard Pinciotti touchdown pass to Dustin Fawcett. The extra-point conversion gave the Majors a 28-19 lead, with 8:33 to play in the game.
Down nine points with time against Huntingdon, Plagenhoef began to lead the Hawks on a comeback drive until a deflected pass was intercepted by Marshall Burgin and returned 65-yards for the touchdown. The score put the game out of reach, 35-19, with just over three minutes to play in the ball game.
The Majors were led by Garrett Pinciotti, a native of Birmingham, Ala., completing 20-of-37 for 216 yards, while throwing four touchdown passes and two interceptions each a season-high for the sophomore. The Hawks defense held running back Shane Bowser to 51 rushing yards on 14 carries, after averaging 91.8 rushing yards per game. However, Bowser hauled in a team high six receptions for 82 yards with one touchdown for the Majors.
Millsaps was led by All-American Will Hawkins with 13 total tackles, including 11 solo stops with one sack. Marshall Burgin and Brent Jerrell each had interceptions, including Burgins 65-yard touchdown return and Jerrell’s 35-yard return.
Huntingdon’s Nick Plagenhoef was 20-of-44 for 264 yards, including two interceptions on the day. Trevor Manuel led the Hawks ground game with 68 yards on 14 carries, with two touchdowns. Cody Pearcy paced the receivers with eight catches for 154 yards, followed by Willie McDowell with three catches for 21 yards.
Defensively, the Hawks were led by defensive back Cornelius Jenkins with seven total tackles, including four solo stops. Fellow defensive back Ahmaad McClaney posted five total tackles. Huntingdon’s Keith Anthony and DeAngelo Hill each intercepted their first passes of the season, stopping two potential Millsaps scoring drives.
The Hawks (3-3) look to rebound on Saturday, Oct. 16, traveling to Salisbury, MD against Salisbury University (4-1). Kickoff is set at 1 p.m. EDT.