Macalester scored on consecutive drives to open and added another score in the second quarter for an early 21-0 lead.
Freshman quarterback Brandon McCormick (Edwards, Ill.) jump-started the offense with 33 and 22 yard passes to Matt Morrison and Joe Manion to put the Crusaders at the Macalester nine-yard line.
On the next play, Macalester picked off McCormick’s pass, returning it 51 yards to Maranatha’s 40-yard line. Macalester’s Clark Bledsoe converted on the turnover, connecting on a 38 yard pass on the third play of the drive for a 28-0 score.
The Scots’ 35-0 halftime lead ballooned into a 49-0 deficit for the Crusaders, who caught a break on an interception by linebacker Ethan Lane (Atlanta, Ga.) in the fourth quarter.
Lane’s interception put Maranatha on the Macalester 32 and Jordan DeLay capped the drive with a four-yard touchdown run.
Maranatha failed to score again, while Macalester racked up 676 yards of total offense.
McCormick finished 7-15 for 84 yards and an interception while Jordan DeLay had a solid night with 80 yards rushing.
Lane finished with six tackles and an interception on defense.
The Crusaders head into the bye week, but resume play Saturday, September 29 against Aurora University at home at 1:00 p.m.