September 19, 2015

Widener Football The Pride Downed by Albright

Photo courtesy of Widener Athletics
READING, Pa. – Albright scored two touchdowns in the first half from stellar plays on defense and special teams to earn a startling 27-10 victory over the Widener University football team on Saturday, Sept. 19 at Gene L. Shirk Stadium.

After stopping Albright on its first possession, Widener marched down the field and appeared to threaten to score on its opening drive by quickly earning three first downs. But after junior quarterback Seth Klein (Wernersville, Pa.) found classmate Connor Schlegel (Denver, Pa.) for a completion, Kali Boyce forced a fumble which was returned 63 yards for a touchdown by Donte Thomas to give the hosts a 7-0 advantage at the 9:54 mark. Widener then got on the board by getting a 25-yard field goal from senior Ryan O’Hara (Royersford, Pa.) and trailed 7-3 at the end of the first despite holding the Lions to just seven yards of offense.

With the offense continuing to struggle, Albright found another way to add to its lead when Luis Quinones blocked a punt which was picked up and returned for a 34-yard touchdown by Malik Gilmore. The Lions tacked on a field goal and led 17-3 at the recess.

Albright (2-0, MAC 1-0), which was held to 28 yards offensively in the first half, continued to add to its lead and found paydirt again on a 7-yard pass completion from Mike Knight to Vinny Williams to make it 24-3 at the 5:04 mark of the third. The Lions then got a 51-yard field goal from Daniel Sobolewski and forced the Pride to turn the ball over on downs on two consecutive possessions to help seal the dominating victory.

Shakore Philip (Bay Shore, N.Y.) paced the Widener defense with nine tackles, including four for a loss, to keep the Lion offense that was limited to 132 yards in check. Klein passed for 235 yards with his favorite target being Max Kutler (Cranbury, N.J.), who recorded nine catches and a touchdown with under a minute remaining in regulation.

Knight was limited to 80 passing yards for the Lions, but he threw a touchdown and did not have any of his passes intercepted. Williams had six receptions for 59 yards and most notably the team’s only offensive touchdown in the third quarter. Three players – Jamal Hayden, Steve Barroso and Colton Ryan – made eight tackles and Thomas recorded an interception in addition to scoring a touchdown.

Widener (1-2, MAC 1-1) returns home to play a rare night game against Lebanon Valley on Friday, Sept. 25 at 7:00 p.m.