Saturday, November 18, 2017

Susquehanna Tops Albright, 28-9, in the Centennial-MAC Bowl Series

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READING, Pa. - The Albright football team couldn't overcome seven turnovers as it fell to Susquehanna, 28-9, in a Centennial-MAC Bowl Series game on Saturday at rainy Shirk Stadium. The Susquehanna offense controlled the ball, holding possession for nearly 40 minutes while running 76 offensive snaps to Albright's 45.

The River Hawks (8-3) got on the board with a seven-yard touchdown run from Cameron Ott midway through the first quarter to take a 7-0 lead. That capped an eight-play, 63-yard drive.
The teams traded punts for the rest of the first half until Susquehanna elected to go for it on fourth down in the second quarter. The River Hawks had the ball at the Albright 31 on a fourth-and-five, but the pass from Nick Crusco to Michael Reyes was defended by Alex Isaac to force a turnover on downs.

That started a 12-play, 69-yard march for the Albright offense, led by quarterback Jimmy Lahay. He completed first-down passes to four different receivers on the drive, including a 14-yarder to Khari Jefferson on fourth-and-two from the Susquehanna 34.

The Lions moved the ball to the Susquehanna 6, and Lahay found Malik Jackson on a third-down pass to tie the game at 7-7 with less than a minute remaining in the first half. Jackson finished his final collegiate game with a game-high eight receptions for 75 yards. Milton Cordero and Kyle Dickerson each had three catches. Dickerson also finished with 128 all-purpose yards, including 33 rushing yards, 18 receiving yards and 77 combined return yards.

Susquehanna took the lead on a four-yard run from Crusco on the River Hawks' opening possession of the second half. The extra point went wide right to keep it at 13-7.
The turnover bug hit the Lions' offense hard in the second half. Albright has six possessions in the second half, and the Loins turned it over on five of those possessions. After one of those fumbles, though, the Susquehanna recovery placed the ball at its own 1. On the River Hawks' first play of that drive, Cameron Ott was stuffed in the end zone by Shaneil Johnson for a safety. That made it 13-9 Susquehanna with 8:48 to play in the third.

Following an Albright punt on the possession after the free kick, Susquehanna turned the game into a two-possession lead with a 13-play, 70-yard drive that chewed a full seven minutes off the clock. That drive reached third down only twice, and it ended with a three-yard run from Ott. Susquehanna went for two, and converted, to make it 21-9.

Albright had all three of its possessions in the fourth quarter end via fumble, but the Lions still finished its season with a postseason appearance for the seventh consecutive season. Albright also won at least eight games for the third time in a row and for the fifth time in six years.

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