JACKSON - The Millsaps Majors remain undefeated after a wild, come-from-behind 28-27 win over the Centre College Colonels in overtime on Saturday.
Millsaps found themselves down 21-10 with under three minutes to go in the fourth quarter. The Majors' defense forced a fumble from running back Harry Meisner at the Colonel 33. Majors' safety Nick Arnold picked up the fumble and returned it to the Centre five yard line. Three plays later, Zak Thrasher ran it in from two yards out to make it 21-16.
The Majors had to go for two to make it a field goal game. Thrasher found tight end Calvin Shaw to cap the off the drive and make it 21-18 with under two minutes to go. Needing an onside kick, the Majors' Beau Brady popped a beautiful kick that was brought in by Zander Romano. The Majors had the ball back at midfield with 1:50 left.
The Majors went back to work, driving down to the 20 yard line. Brady drilled a 39-yard field goal to complete the comeback and tie the game at 21. Centre wasn't done yet, driving down to the Majors' 30-yard line with just over 10 seconds left. An injury to starter Heath Haden brought in the Colonel back-up quarterback. The Majors blitzed, forced an intentional grounding call and forced overtime.
In the extra frame, the Majors got solid runs from Mike Barthelemy and Taz Watson. Thrasher then hit Matt Wahl on a nine-yard strike, add the extra point and it was 28-21 Majors. Centre answered, after a key sack Haden hit Nick Buten for his only catch of the game, a 36-yard pass to the Majors' three. Haden then hit Greyson Janeway to make it 28-27. The Colonels then rolled the dice and went for two, an option pitch to Harry Meisner was snuffed out by the Majors and Meisner was pushed out of bounds at the Majors seven-yard line.
The Majors overcame three turnovers to move to 9-0 on the season. Thrasher threw for 318 yards and two touchdowns and two interceptions. What was touted as a matchup of running backs, turned out to be a showcase of run defense. Mike Barthelemy was held to 76 yards on 27 carries while Meisner was held to 46 yards on 23 carries. The two backs came into the game as the top-two rushers in the conference. Zander Romano led the passing game, hauling in 11 balls for 152 yards and a score, and the onside kick recovery.
Alex Jackson led the defense with 11 tackles while Zack Bell, Jeff Milner and Eric Martin each sacked Heath Hayden. Dustin Harscher had 1.5 tackles for loss on his senior day while Alex Stewart and Joiner Stewart teamed up for a key sack in the fourth.
The Majors will go for a perfect 10-0 mark and the outright conference crown next week as they travel to Rhodes to take on the Lynx. Kick is set for 1pm in Memphis.
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