Saturday, September 9, 2017

Albright Football - Lions Open MAC Play With 50-17 Win over Misericordia

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DALLAS, Pa. – The Albright football team earned a 50-17 victory over Misericordia on Saturday afternoon, pushing the team's record to 2-0 overall and 1-0 in MAC play. Alec Vignola finished 20-of-21 for 306 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. He also led the Lions in rushing, gaining 54 yards on five carries. Vignola's 95.2 percent completion percentage is a new school record. He held the old record of 90 percent, set last season with his 18-for-20 performance against Misericordia.

Albright put the game out of reach in the first half as it scored the first 29 points of the game. The Albright defense forced a three-and-out on Misericordia's first possession. The Albright offense responded with a six-play, 56-yard drive in 3:15 that culminated with Vignola's first touchdown pass of the game as he connected with Mike Jordan from six yards out.

Albright fumbled on its next possession to give Misericordia good field position near midfield, but the Lions got the ball right back thanks to an interception by Grant Boehler, his second in as many weeks. It wouldn't be his only pick of the day.

Two possessions later, Albright expanded upon its lead. Vignola rushed for 37 yards on the first play of the drive, and he connected with Malik Jackson for 26 yards to the Misericordia 1 just two plays later. On first-and-goal, Chris Dawson scored to cap the four-play, 72-yard drive as the Lions took a 14-0 lead after the first period.

In the second quarter, Albright started with the ball at its 12 with 12:06 left. Vignola went 6-for-6 on the drive as he hooked up with Jordan three times on the drive. The scoring pass went to Jackson, though, from 13 yards out. Kevin Goetz's third PAT made it 21-0 after the 10-play, 88-yard drive in 5:37.

After the defense held Misericordia on fourth down from the Lions' 31, the offense again put points on the board. The big play came on a 45-yard pass from Vignola to Jackson. That put the ball into the Misericordia red zone, and three plays later, Nigel Sealey scored from nine yards out. A Vignola run on the PAT made it 29-0.

Vignola was nearly perfect in the first half. He went 16-for-17 for 224 yards while tossing two touchdown passes. Misericordia kicked a 29-yard field goal on the last play of the first half to make it 29-3.

Albright added three more touchdowns in the third quarter. Walter Lewis returned the opening kickoff 58 yards to the Misericordia 30. Vignola hit Jordan for their second TD connection of the day on the first play of the drive to make it 36-3. Jordan and Jackson each had six receptions to tie for the team lead. Jackson led the team in yards with 113 while adding a touchdown, and Jordan had 76 yards and two scores.

Boehler's second interception came on the next drive, and that turned into a five-yard run by Dawson to make it 43-3. That score was set up by a 35-yard completion to Kyle Dickerson.

Besides his two interceptions, Boehler also led the team with 10 tackles. Kali BoyceTrevan Harris-Dorman and Sam Blevins all finished tied for second with five tackles.

Dickerson returned a punt to the Misericordia 5 later in the quarter. Backup quarterback Gy Durantefound Khari Jefferson on the second play of the drive to cap the Albright scoring. Misericordia added a pair of late touchdowns in the fourth.

Lewis finished second on the team in rushing behind Vignola with 51 yards on seven carries. Albright rushed for 163 yards in the game and gained 504 yards of total offense, averaging eight yards per play.

Albright stays on the road next week at Lycoming. Kickoff on Saturday is set for 1 p.m.

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