September 28, 2014

Stevenson Football - Second-Half Surge Carries Mustangs to Fourth-Straight Win, 13-6 at Albright

Photo Courtesy of Stevenson Sports Information
READING, Pa. - Stevenson football sophomore Trey Lee rushed for 120 yards and one touchdown, all in the second half, while sophomore Austin Tennessee totaled seven tackles, three pass break-ups, a blocked field goal and a game-sealing interception as the Mustangs remained unbeaten with a 13-6 victory over Albright Saturday at Gene L. Shirk Stadium.

In its fourth season, Stevenson (4-0, 3-0 MAC) is unbeaten after four games for the first time in school history while posting its first-ever three-game road winning streak.

For the third-straight game, the play of the Mustang defense helped a struggling offense as Stevenson totaled four sacks and forced four turnovers, including three interceptions.

Through four games this season, the Mustangs have totaled 13 sacks while forcing 11 turnovers. They are also allowing just 9.8 points and 247.8 yards per game. They have also allowed just two touchdowns in three conference games, holding their opponents out of the end zone in 10 out of 12 quarters.

As for Saturday, both defenses dictated the tempo early as the first half saw just 60 yards of offense, including minus-29 yards rushing, 12-of-33 passing, two interceptions and nine sacks. The game was tied 3-3 at the half.

Led by Lee, the Stevenson offense found success on the ground in the second half. After the Mustangs allowed five sacks and were held to minus-34 yards rushing in the first half, they did not allow a second-half sack while rushing for 141 yards in the second. Lee exploded for 120 yards on 13 carries and his 4-yard touchdown run just 35 seconds into the third quarter proved to be the game-winning score.

Lee's third rushing touchdown of the season was set-up by a 10-yard fumble return from freshman Charles Brown after junior Chris Coffie stripped the Lions' Danny Tighe.

Albright (1-3, 0-3 MAC) drove down inside the Stevenson 35-yard line five times, but came away with just two field goals, a turnover on downs, punt and blocked field goal. After controlling the ball for 11:57 of the third quarter, the Lions started their 14th drive of the game following a 24-yard field goal by sophomore Tim Sternfeld.

Needing a touchdown and extra point to tie the game, Albright drove 41 yards in nine plays before the Mustang defense forced the Lions to punt for the seventh time. On the ensuing possession, Stevenson embarked on its best drive of the game, going 61 yards on 14 plays down to the Lions' 27-yard line. Most importantly, it used 6:41 before ending in a turnover on downs with 1:21 remaining.

Following a conversion on 4th-and-7, back-to-back incompletions put Albright in a 3rd-and-10 at the Stevenson 48 with 13 seconds left. Pat Wise was then intercepted by Tennessee in the end zone to preserve the Mustangs' third consecutive victory by seven points or less.

The Mustangs will look to continue its record-setting start next Saturday, October 4 when they travel to Williamsport, Pennsylvania to face No. 22 Lycoming. Kickoff is at 1:00