ALBION, Mich. – An uneven performance by Albion College proved costly in a 32-28 loss to Alma College on the opening Saturday of Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association football action.
Albion started slowly and fell behind 13-0 midway through the second quarter.
Kyle Thomas ended the first half on fire, throwing a pair of touchdown passes, as Albion gained a 14-13 halftime lead.
The Britons handed it over to the running game in the third quarter – Jacob Clark scored on a 2-yard run and Markell McCoy reached the end zone from 15 yards out – as they extended the margin to 28-13.
Alma scored three times in the final nine minutes, the last Ryan Stevens' 35-yard run with 2:24 remaining, to rally for the win.
Albion finished with 373 yards of offense. Thomas completed 17-of-30 passes for 202 yards. Marlon Martin led the receiving corps with six receptions for 80 yards. McCoy rolled up 106 rushing yards on 20 carries.
Donovan Slates led the Albion defense with 10 tackles.
Albion, 3-1 overall, will play its next two MIAA games on the road. The Oct. 12 game takes the Britons to Hope College for a 2 p.m. kickoff.
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Joe and Julie Serra have given a $5 million leadership gift to launch a fundraising initiative to make two dreams a reality at Albion College. The first is a newly expanded fitness and student activity facility at the site of the current Dow Recreation and Wellness Center. The second is a new or renovated competition facility for the volleyball, men's basketball and women's basketball teams that currently call Kresge Gymnasium home.
The College is continuing to raise funds in support of both projects. To learn more, call 517/629-0446 or email firstname.lastname@example.org