October 3, 2015

Misericordia Football - Albright Pulls Away Late in Win Over Cougars

Box Score
he 25th-ranked Albright football team scored 17 points in the final five minutes to pull away from Misericordia for a 41-13 win, Saturday afternoon at rain-soaked Mangelsdorf Field.

Jeff Puckett had a rushing touchdown and connected with Sam Gillison for a long catch and run for MU.

Misericordia led 6-3 after the first quarter before Albright rallied for 21 unanswered points in the second quarter to take a 24-6 halftime lead.

Misericordia scored the only touchdown of the third quarter to pull within 27-13 before the Lions converted three interceptions into three TD's for the final margin.

Misericordia scored both of its touchdowns off Albright turnovers, but the Albright defense forced six turnovers and converted them into 26 points.

The Lions picked off a pass deep in MU territory on the game's opening drive, the Cougar defense held Albright to a field goal.

The Cougars went three-and-out on the ensuing possession, but got the ball right back when Brian Hart forced a fumble on the punt and Cory Dickerson recovered for MU at the Albright 45 yard line.

Puckett hit Mark McMaster across the middle on third and six for a first down at the Albright 27.

Ryan Kurtz went five yards off right tackle and a facemask penalty gave the Cougars a first down at the Albright 11.

Puckett raced around right end on first down and his dive for the pylon was just short to set up first and goal inside the one.

Puckett waltzed in untouched for the TD on the next play to give the Cougars a 6-3 lead with 8:06 to go in the first quarter.

The teams traded punts for the remainder of the period with Albright's Dan Sobolewski pinning the Cougars at their own one yard line with two minutes left in the period.

MU's Adam Strogis boomed a 59-yard punt from his own end zone over the head of the Albright return man and the Lions took over at their own 36.

Albright converted three big third down plays to keep the drive alive and eventually moved 64 yards in 12 plays to take a 10-6 lead with 10:59 left in the second quarter.

After an MU punt, the Lions went 55 yards in six plays, bolstered by a 31-yard run by Chris Dawson, to take a 17-6 lead.

Starting at their own 21, Kurtz and Puckett combined for nearly 50 yards on the ground to move MU into Albright territory.

Kurtz raced around left end for 13 yards on first down and broke two tackles to pick up 10 yards to the 44 on the next play.

On second down, Puckett broke a tackle at the line of scrimmage and went 13 yards to the Albright 40. The Cougars went deep on fourth-and-four, but an interception gave the Lions the ball at their own 10.

The MU defense forced a punt, but the Lions retained possession deep in MU territory following a fumble on the return.

Albright went 16 yards on four plays to take a 24-6 lead into halftime.

The Lions moved into Misericordia territory on the opening drive of the second half, but MU's Dom Picarillo forced a fumble and Donald Bender recovered for the Cougars at their own 46.

On third and 10, Gillison took a short pass across the middle, fumbled and scooped up the loose ball before racing 54 yards down the left sideline for a touchdown to pull MU within 24-13.

The score stood until late in the fourth quarter when Sobolewski's 43-yard field goal caromed off the left upright and over the crossbar to stretch the Albright lead to 27-13.

Albright's Steve Barroso took an interception 15 yards on MU's second play from scrimmage for a 34-13 lead.

With MU facing second-and-25 on the next series, Barroso took another interception back 39 yards to the Misericordia two.

Two short runs by Dawson made it 41-13 with 1:15 to play.

Tyler Collins led the MU defense with 12 tackles while Brian Hart and Gabe Pompette both had six stops.

Matt Martin and Kevin Bagasevich both had two pass break-ups.

After a bye week, Misericordia will travel to Widener, October 17.

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