September 6, 2014

Albright Football - Magosin Intercepts Three Passes in Lions 25-14 Victory over Kean

A WOLnews File Photo By John Green
UNION, N.J. -- Senior Joe Magosin intercepted three passes and returned one for a touchdown leading Albright College to a 25-14 victory over Kean University in the Lions season opener on Friday at Kean Alumni Stadium.

Magosin's three interceptions is tied for second most in a single game in Albright school history. Jack Sudol intercepted four passes against Franklin & Marshall in 1951 and Phil Tortoreti tied the record with four interceptions versus Moravian in 1966. The three interceptions is the most for a Lion in a single game since Matt Christ also intercepted three passes against Kean in 2007.

Albright opened the season with a victory for the fourth consecutive season and also defeated Kean for the third consecutive year and fourth time overall.

The Lions raced out to a 16-0 lead, but then had to hold off a late charge from Kean to secure the victory.

After the teams traded possessions to start the game, Albright got on the board late in the first quarter. Albright used an 8-play, 39-yard drive capped by a 37-yard field goal by Daniel Sobolewski to take a 3-0 lead with 2:37 to play in the opening quarter.

Magosin then made his first big play of the game when he forced a fumble after a completed pass on Kean's next possession which was recovered by Mark Capetola. Quarterback Ryan Wade scored the Lions first touchdown of 2014 when he raced 33 yards into the end zone to increase the lead to 10-0 with 49 seconds to play in the first quarter.

Magosin increased the Albright lead to 16-0 when he intercepted a pass and sprinted 27 yards for a touchdown with 8:03 to play before halftime.

The game appeared over when Chris Dawson capped a 10-play, 74-yard drive with a one-yard scoring plunge, which extended the Albright lead to 22-0 midway through the third quarter.

Kean dented the scoreboard with 5 seconds left in the third quarter when Charles Vellis connected with Qaudir Johnson from eight yards out to trim the lead to 22-7.

The Cougars got back into the game when Vellis found Dante Burton for a 14-yard touchdown pass and the ensuing two-point conversion brought Kean within one possession of the lead with over 8 minutes remaining in the game.

After an Albright punt, Kean moved into Albright territory on its next possession but Magosin intercepted a Vellis pass and returned it 50 yards to the Kean 24-yard line.

Six straight rushing attempts by the Lions moved the ball to the 10-yard line and Sobolewski sealed the victory with a 26-yard field goal with 11 seconds remaining in the game.

Kean outgained Albright 244-231 in total offense, but the Lion defense forced four turnovers for the game.

Wade finished the game 5-14 passing for 71 yards and led Albright with 50 yards rushing. Vinny Williams led the Lions receiving corps with four catches for 52 yards, which included a 42 yarder.

In addition to his three interceptions and a forced fumble, Magosin led the Lions with 10 tackles and also had 1.5 tackles for loss. Rich Kuhn had a sack and 3 tackles for loss for Albright.

Albright will open the home portion of its schedule on Saturday (Sept. 13) against Lycoming at 1 p.m. in Shirk Stadium.

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