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THE DAILY TIMES 1C

SCOTS
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2018

GUARD
Maryville College
wins first outright
USA South
football title

PHOTO: SCOTT KELLER | THE DAILY TIMES

Maryville College notches historic victory over NC Wesleyan


BY TROY PROVOST-HERON
troy.provost-heron@thedailytimes.com
USA SOUTH CHAMPIONSHIP ‘The beautiful thing with them. The culture was estab-
lished, and it’s different than it was

Trenton Cumby and Markel Kea hid


MARYVILLE COLLEGE 31, NC Wesleyan 14
that happened was it all before.
“We just had to have things fall into
behind a wall of teammates on the
Maryville College sideline holding
Defeating the Bishops (5-3, 4-3) to
become the first team in program meshed. They understood place and we capitalized when they
did. I’m proud of them because they
a Gatorade jug of ice water as Elijah
Rachell trotted off the field.
history to win an outright conference
championship accomplished that. what we were doing and we are the pioneers.
What they accomplished can never
The senior running back embraced
Maryville coach Shaun Hayes as the
“This feels unreal,” senior defen-
sive back and captain Blake Hender- were able to have fun with be topped, it can only be tied. And in
my eyes, it can never be tied because
final seconds ticked off the clock in
the Scots 31-14 victory over North
son told The Daily Times.
“God has blessed us with this oppor- them.’ they were No. 1”
To achieve their unmatched feat,
Carolina Wesleyan, providing the per- tunity. After starting 0-2 and getting the Scots continued playing the com-
Shaun Hayes
fect opportunity for Cumby and Kea hit in the face, if you had asked me plimentary football that has carried
Maryville College coach
to douse Hayes before joining their then if we would be here, I would them during their seven-game win-
teammates in picking up their head have said no, I’m not going to lie. ning streak.
coach and tossing him up and down. “To get here with this team, it ership, but Hayes has consistently N.C. Wesleyan received the open-
The celebration was on because his- shows the strength of our brother- brought up a hit Henderson had on ing kickoff and orchestrated a 12-play,
tory had been made. hood.” junior tight end Terry Stewart dur- 65-yard touchdown drive with ease to
Maryville (7-2, 7-0 USA South) Losses to Berry and Centre by a ing a bye-week practice that set the get on the board first.
walked onto Honaker Field on Sat- combined 69 points got the Scots tone for the physicality the team has The offense wasted little time pick-
urday with a share of the USA South off to a discouraging start, but Hen- played with during conference play. ing its defense up as freshman quar-
championship and a spot in the NCAA derson credits Hayes telling all four “The beautiful thing that happened terback Nelson Smith fired a 65-yard
Division III Football Championship captains of the team that they “did was it all meshed,” Hayes said. touchdown pass to senior wide
already in hand, but it wanted some- not believe” as a turning point. “They understood what we were
thing eternal. That took care of Maryville’s lead- doing and we were able to have fun SEE VICTORY, 7C