1-3 East Stroudsburg and 0-4 Millersville will go to battle on Thursday night as STN’s college coverage continues in Week 5.
ESU will look to bounce back after a tough loss in a 44-41 thriller with Lock Haven. ESU scored twice late, but couldn’t overcome allowing 27 straight points in the second half of Saturday’s contest.
Millersville, led by first-year head coach J.C. Morgan, will also have a bounce back mentality after a 42-16 loss to West Chester. The loss dropped Millersville to 0-4 on the 2018 season.
The Marauders offense has struggled to get going through four games this season. They currently rank last in the PSAC in scoring offense, total offense and also rushing yards. Millersville has turned the ball over 14 times in the first four weeks, throwing seven interceptions and losing seven fumbles.
Coincidentally, the Warriors offense has also turned the ball over 14 times, as well. ESU ranks seventh in scoring in the PSAC and eighth in running offense, despite Jaymar Anderson leading the PSAC with 447 rushing yards.
ESU is off to a 1-3 start in legendary head coach Denny Douds 45th year at the helm. The all-time winningest coach in league history, Douds ranks 16th in NCAA history in career wins.
Redshirt Freshman Jake Cirillo took over for Ben Moser in the 4th Quarter against Lock Haven, completing eight of his 12 throws for 123 yards and a pair of scores in the loss. He is listed as the starter on this week’s two-deep. With Anderson the ground threat, Cirillo will rely on Jylil Reeder and R.J. Sarajian through the air. Sarajian has 12 receptions for 200 yards and two scores after a 100-yard performance against Lock Haven. Reeder leads the team with 364 yards and three scores through the air.
Millersville will have to find a way to score to keep up with the Warriors offense. The Marauders scored a season-high 16 points versus West Chester and average just 10.75 points per game. Collin Shank started on Saturday, but was relieved by Tony Staffieri. Shank has thrown two touchdowns to seven interceptions while Staffieri has yet to be intercepted on 26 throws. Kobe Miranda leads the team with 94 rushing yards through four games. Due to negative yardage on sacks, Millersville has a net total of 11 rushing yards on 128 attempts. Chris Dolan has been a threat, pulling in 26 catches for 300 yards and two scores.
Both team defenses could use some tightening up, as they have each allowed over 40 points per game. The Marauders have given up 40.75 points per contest, while East Stroudsburg is allowing a whopping 44.
Millersville will look to have a better start, as they’ve been outscored by a total of 69-3 in the 1st quarter this season. Despite winning last year’s meeting 12-0, Millersville trails the all-time series 42-26-1. The Marauders have never lost (11-0) when scoring at least 30 points in the series.
TIME: 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27
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ANNOUNCERS: Phil Schoener (play-by-play), Emory Hunt (analyst), Jeff Jezewski (sidelines).