OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Stevenson football junior Neil Harps caught five passes for a career-high 138 yards and a touchdown, but Lycoming scored two third-quarter touchdowns to break open a two-point game and lead the Warriors to a 36-20 victory over the Mustangs on Senior Day Saturday at Mustang Stadium.
Stevenson (4-6, 3-6 MAC) finishes the season with as many wins as it had in its first two seasons combined while posting as many conference victories this season as it had in 2011 and 2012.
The Mustangs also set a new single-season attendance record this year, drawing a total of 11,410 fans to Mustang Stadium for an average of 1,902 per game. The team posted its fourth sellout crowd in three seasons with 3,500 fans versus King's on October 19.
The Warriors (7-3, 7-2 MAC) jumped out to a 13-0 lead and scored its first 15 points as a result of Mustang miscues. After receiving the opening kickoff, Stevenson was held to a three-and-out on its first possession before a fumbled snap in punt formation on fourth down gave Lycoming the ball on the Stevenson 1-yard line.
Two plays later, Craig Needhammer scored the first of his two touchdowns on the day on a 1-yard run.
On the ensuing possession, junior Zach Jefferson was intercepted by Ryan Mihoci, setting up a 17-yard touchdown pass from Tyler Jenny to Needhammer, capping a 10-play, 60-yard drive that put the Warriors in front 13-0.
The Mustangs would answer right back as Jefferson found Harps for a 63-yard touchdown to pull them within seven, 13-6 with 4:06 remaining in the opening quarter. However, the extra-point was blocked by Lycoming's C.J. Arhontakis which led to a 97-yard PAT return by Tanner Troutman to give the Warriors a 15-6 lead.
The play would prove to be crucial because Stevenson would score on its next two possessions on 24-yard touchdown passes from Jefferson to freshman Cortez Taylor and senior Jeromie Miller and instead of taking a 21-20 lead into halftime, the Mustangs found themselves trailing 22-20.
Lycoming opened the second half with touchdowns on its two third-quarter possessions to build its 16-point lead with 2:32 remaining.
After totaling 257 yards of total offense in the first half, including 228 passing, Stevenson was limited to just 72 in the second and only 55 through the air. The Mustangs were also held without an offensive touchdown for the third time in the last four games.
In its six losses this season, Stevenson was outscored 99-22 in the second half, despite holding a halftime lead in three of those games and trailing by seven points or less in two.
In his final collegiate game, Miller had four catches for 77 yards and one touchdown. He finishes his three-year career with 125 receptions for 1,879 yards and 12 touchdowns, all school records, while having appeared in all 30 of the team's games. Off the field, he is a two-time Middle Atlantic Conference Fall Academic Honor Roll selection.
Miller was one of nine seniors honored prior to the game on Saturday along with Byron Barnes, Charlie Cornell, Alphonso Mayo, Marlon McLain, Nigel Stanford, Max Wilson, David Wright and Tre'von Wilks.