October 10, 2015

Albright Football - Lions Sobolewski Ties Two School Record in Homecoming Victory

Photo courtesy of Albright Athletics
READING, Pa. -- Senior All-American Daniel Sobolewski tied the Albright school record for career points and career field goals and the Lions scored 55 unanswered points on their way to a 62-9 Homecoming victory over Wilkes on Saturday at Shirk Stadium.

Sobolewski finished with 14 points on the afternoon courtesy two field goals and eight extra point conversions. He has 256 career points, which ties him with Dennis Unger for the top spot in the Albright record book. His two field goals gives him 44 career conversions, which also ties the school record held by Unger.

Albright, which remained undefeated on the season at 5-0, fell behind the Colonels 9-7 early in the second quarter before exploding for 55 consecutive points. The 62 points is the most the Lions have scored in a game since scoring 65 points in a home victory also against the Colonels in 2011. The Lions victory, combined with Stevenson's loss to Delaware Valley, moved Albright into sole possession of first place in the Middle Atlantic Conference and marked the first 5-0 start to a season since the 2009 season.

Albright piled up 593 yard of total offense on the afternoon, which included rushing for 235 yards. Freshman Mike Knight had 89 yards rushing and two touchdowns and,also threw for 197 yards to pace the offense.

Brian Wickkiser also rushed for two scores, while Malik Gilmore, Gerrod Gainer andKhari Jefferson each hauled in a touchdown reception.

The Albright defense, which entered the game ranked 27th in the nation in scoring defense, held the Colonels off the scoreboard for the final three quarters of the game. The Lions held Wilkes to just 159 yards of total offense and 35 yards rushing.

Albright took the opening kickoff and marched right down the field to take an early lead.

The Lions moved 55 yards in five plays and Knight scrambled in from 16 yards out to give the Lions a 7-0 lead.

The Wilkes defense got the Colonels on the board late in the first quarter. Jason Ugwu sacked Albright quarterback Alec Vignola in the end zone for a safety to cut the Lions lead to 7-2 with 1:07 to play in the opening quarter.

Wilkes, which dropped to 1-5 overall and 1-4 in the MAC, took the lead on its opening drive of the second quarter. The Colonels drove 71 yards in nine plays and Marcellus Hayes snuck in from two yards out to give Wilkes a 9-7 lead.

The Lions regained the lead for good on its next possession when Sobolewski converted from 39 yards out giving Albright a 10-9 lead with 9:28 remaining before halftime.

After a Wilkes three-and-out, the Lions drove 40 yards in five plays and Wickkiser scored from a yard out to push the lead to 17-9 with 7:21 to play in the second quarter.

Following another Wilkes three-and-out, the Lions took over on their own 35-yard line. The Lions marched 65 yards in seven plays, with 50 of the yards coming on the ground, to extend the lead. Wickkiser scored from eight yards out to give Albright a 24-9 lead.

The Albright defense held Wilkes to its third consecutive three-and-out on the next drive and the Lions capped the first half by driving 51 yards in 10 plays to take a 31-9 lead into halftime. After Wilkes held the Lions on third down, Albright lined up for a field goal but holder David Gavrilov scampered 18 yards on the fake field goal for the touchdown.

Albright continued the offensive assault in the third period as it scored on its first drive of the half. Knight waltzed in from four yards out to extend the lead to 38-9 with 8:54 to play in the third quarter.

Sobolewski then tied the school field goal record on the Lions next drive when he converted from 36 yards out giving Albright a 41-9 lead.

On Albright's next drive, the Lions needed only one play to get on the scoreboard. Vignola found Gilmore for 44 yards down the middle of the field to up the lead to 48-9.

Albright capped the scoring with back-to-back touchdowns to open the fourth quarter.

Vignola connected with Jefferson from eight yards out to make it 55-9 Albright and the final touchdown came when Gavrilov found Gainer on the sideline and the junior raced 39 yards into the end zone.

Albright, which is ranked No. 19 in the nation in the American Football Coaches Association Top 25 Poll, will travel to FDU-Florham for a MAC contest next Saturday (Oct. 17) for a 1 p.m. kickoff.
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