by Jules Gonsoulin
This year’s homecoming celebration featured a stellar performance by the Millsaps football team, which defeated the Sewanee Tigers 38-20 on Saturday. The convincing win was the Majors’ first conference victory, made more special by the huge number of students, alumni and parents converging on Harper Davis Field for Millsaps’ annual celebration.
The game commenced with an 11-play, 90-yard drive by the Tigers which resulted in a six-point lead. The Majors then responded with 17 unanswered points. Beau Brady started the scoring for the Majors with a 30-yard field goal. Rashad Sims then took a 67-yard touchdown pass from Quarterback Zak Thrasher all the way to make the score 10-6. Later, safety Javis Aultman picked up a fumble and ran it back for a touchdown to tack on seven more points. Beau Wells ended the half with a 67-yard touchdown reception to set the score at 24-6.
The Tigers started the second half well, with a clock-eating nine-minute drive which resulted in a touchdown to make the score 24-13. Zak Thrasher and the running corps continued to dominate, with a 72-yard drive that ended with a quarterback keeper for the score. On Sewanee’s last offensive possession of the third quarter, Alex Jackson scooped a fumble and returned it for the Millsaps’ defense’s second scoop and score of the game. Sewanee ran out of time after scoring their final touchdown of the game and rounding out the score at 38-20.
Zak Thrasher had a productive game, going 12-19 for 196 yards, two touchdown passes, and two interceptions. Rashad Sims led the receivers with 112 yards and Isaiah Talton ran for 97 yards on the ground.
The Majors travel to Rome, Ga., this week to play Berry College Friday night.