The Bloomsburg Huskies host the Millersville Marauders in a PSAC East matchup on Saturday at 3 p.m.
Sitting at 4-4 on the year with a chance to get above .500 for the first time since their 1-0 start to the season, Bloomsburg is riding a two-game winning streak into the conference tilt. The Huskies prevailed with a 33-7 road victory at Lock Haven on Saturday. Millersville enters the game at 2-6 after losing two-in-a-row including a 38-34 defeat against Malone on Saturday.
Paul Darragh’s bunch has been playing much better over the last three weeks, nearly knocking off West Chester before picking up the back-to-back wins against ESU and Lock Haven. The passing game got going in Saturday’s win as Erik Benjamin threw for a career-high 190 yards and three scores. That gives Benjamin nine touchdown passes and put him over 1,000 yards passing on the season for an offense averaging right around 21 points per contest. Long known for running the football, it has been no different in 2018 as the Huskies rush for over 185 yards per came with a trio of backs led by Hakeem Sillman. All three of Sillman, Alex Gooden and Qmac Quiteh have run for at least 380 yards and average over five yards per carry. Michael Allen is the main target in the passing game, catching six of the team’s ten touchdown passes. Allen has 31 receptions and a team-high 397 yards.
Struggling for most of the year, the Millersville offense came to life in the defeat against Malone, scoring a season-high 34 points. On the season, J.C. Morgan’s offense averages just 14 points per contest. Collin Shank has racked up yards as the starting quarterback, but has struggled with turnovers. Shank has 1,305 yards passing and five touchdowns, but has thrown nine interceptions in his eight games played. The running game has struggled, ranking at the bottom of the PSAC, but is led by Phil Overton and Kobe Miranda. Miranda leads the team with 221 yards, but averages just 2.7 yards per carry. Chris Dolan and kicker/wide receiver Joey Farley have proven to be capable targets in the passing game, with 473 and 364 yards respectively. The duo has combined for five of the team’s nine passing scores.
Defensively, Bloomsburg has been solid. The Huskies allow 20.1 points per game and held a prolific West Chester team to 17 in a loss three weeks ago. Nate Monroe and Alex Annan lead from the linebacker spot for the Huskies, racking up 55 and 54 stops. Chris Gary is a menace on the Bloomsburg defensive line with 9.5 tackles for loss and a team-high five sacks. Bloom will take the ball away from you, forcing 16 turnovers this season including 12 interceptions. Dexter Jordan leads the team with four picks and Marquis Seamon has added three of his own and nine pass break-ups.
After some strong performances on the defensive side of the ball earlier in the year, injuries have bit Millersville and the last two weeks have seen them allow 75 points. The Marauders allow over 31 points per game through eight weeks. Trejon Dinkins leads the team with 72 tackles, good for third place in the PSAC. Zac Button is second on the team with 63 and leads with 12 tackles for loss. The Marauders rank in the top-10 in the country with 20 takeaways this season. They’ve picked off 13 passes led by four from Ray Lopez.
This matchup has been all Huskies all the time lately. Dating back through 2000, Bloomsburg has won 18 straight over the Marauders. Last year they pulled out a 28-21 victory to continue the streak.
TIME: Saturday, October 27th, 3 p.m.
WATCH LIVE: WBRE 28, WHP 21.2 My Network, BLUE RIDGE CABLE NETWORK,
ANNOUNCERS: Jeff Jezewski (play-by-play), Geoff Arnold (analyst)