October 11, 2014

Albright Football - Gilmore, Tighe Lead Lions to Victory over FDU-Florham

L-R Malik Gilmore - Danny Tighe
(Photo courtesy of Albright Sports Information)
READING, Pa. -- It took a little longer than the Albright College football team had wanted, but it was worth the wait.

Malik Gilmore blocked two punts, returning one for a touchdown, and Danny Tighe rushed for a career-high 143 yards and two touchdowns leading Albright to its first Middle Atlantic Conference victory of the season with a 38-20 victory over FDU-Florham on Saturday at Shirk Stadium.

Albright, which improved to 2-4 and 1-4 in the MAC, scored 28 second-half points to overcome an FDU-Florham halftime lead. The Devils, who lost their 14th consecutive game, fell to 0-5 ioverall and 0-4 in conference play.

FDU-Florham got off to a fast start and took a 14-10 lead into the intermission behind the play of quarterback Tyler Maurer who threw two first-half touchdowns to Malik Pressley.

Albright took its first lead of the game on its first drive of the third quarter. Tighe began the scoring drive with a 25-yard run and two plays later he punched the ball into the end zone from eight yards out giving Albright a 17-10 lead.

FDU-Florham answered the Albright score with a touchdown mark of its own. The Devils went 74 yards on seven plays and Anthony Ognibene scored from four yards out giving FDU-Florham a 20-17 lead.

Albright then took the lead for good late in the third quarter. The Lions capped a 41-yard, 5-play drive with a Tighe rushing touchdown from 1-yard out giving Albright a 24-20 lead with 1:20 to play in the quarter.

Gilmore, who also blocked an extra point attempt, blocked a punt by Holden Ehrhart with 14:53 left in the game and picked it up in the end zone giving the Lions a 31-20 lead.

After another blocked punt by Gilmore on the Devils next drive,Patrick Wise connected with Vinny Williams for a 10-yard touchdown with 11:42 left in the game pushing the Lion lead to 38-20.

Albright will have its bye week next week and return to action on Oct. 25 when it hosts King's at 1 p.m. in Shirk Stadium.