September 27, 2014

Albright Football - The Lions Homecoming Game Spoiled by Stevenson 13-6

READING, Pa. -- Steve Barroso had 2.5 sacks and 13 tackles, but the Albright College football team lost its Homecoming game to Stevenson 13-6 on Saturday at Shirk Stadium in a Middle Atlantic Conference contest.

Barroso also added four tackles for loss and led the Lions defense with 13 total tackles, including seven solo tackles. The Albright defense, led by Barroso, limited Stevenson to just 146 yards ot total offense on the day. The Mustangs could muster only 107 yards rushing and 39 yards through the air against the Lion defenders. Albright also recorded five sacks and picked off two passes.

Stevenson, which remained undefeated on the season, took advantage of an Albright fumble early in the third quarter to take the lead. Chris Coffie forced a fumble by Danny Tighe, which was recovered by Charles Brown and returned to the Albright 4-yard line. Trey Lee then punched it in the end zone on the next play and Stevenson took a 10-3 following the successful point after attempt.

After a Stevenson three and out midway through the third quarter the Lions put together a 12-play, 36-yard drive but were forced to punt when the drive stalled at the Mustang 35-yard line.

The Lions took advantage of a Stevenson turnover on the Mustangs next possession though. Jamal Hayden forced a fumble and recovered the fumble at the Stevenson 14-yard line with 5:09 to play in the third quarter.

Three rushing attempts yielded three yards and the Lions had to settle for a 28-yard field goal by Daniel Sobolewski to cut the lead to 10-6.

The Lions drove to the Stevenson 24-yard line late in the fourth quarter, but a 41-yard field goal attempt by Sobolewski was blocked by Austin Tennessee.

Stevenson (4-0, 3-0 MAC) put together a time-consuming march in the fourth quarter that helped seal the victory. The Mustangs had a 14-play, 61-yard march that chewed up 6:41 on the clock. Although the Mustangs turned it over on downs, Albright had only 1:21 when it began its last drive.

Patrick Wise found Gerrod Gainer for 13 yards on the first play of the drive and later connected with Malik Gilmore for nine yards on a 4th and 7 play to keep the drive alive, but Tennessee intercepted a Lion pass in the end zone with four seconds left on the clock to clinch the win.

Albright dropped to 1-3 overall and 0-3 in conference play with the loss. The Lions will face Delaware Valley next Saturday (Oct. 4) in Doylestown, Pa.