Defensive Effort Highlights 24-18 Victory Over Albright in MAC Opener
OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Highlighted by a 99-yard fumble return for a touchdown and a goal-line stand on the final play, the Stevenson football team posted back-to-back wins for the first time in the program's history with a 24-18 victory over Albright Saturday at Mustang Stadium in the Middle Atlantic Conference opener for both teams.
Stevenson (2-0, 1-0 MAC) has now won three-straight, all of which have come at home, dating back to last year's 28-13 victory over FDU-Florham in its season finale.
The Mustangs led by as many as 14 on two separate occasions, taking a 17-3 lead with 10:24 remaining in the second quarter following a 99-yard fumble return by freshman Austin Tennessee (Columbia, Md./Atholton) before freshman Trey Lee (Lusby, Md./Patuxent) gave them a 24-10 halftime advantage on a 2-yard run with 36 seconds left in the opening half.
Stevenson scored 10 of its 24 first-half points off turnovers, highlighted by Tennessee's fumble return. The team also converted an interception by sophomore Billy Lewis (Centreville, Md./Queen Anne's) into a 37-yard field goal from senior Charlie Cornell (Turnersville, N.J./Washington Township) that have the Mustangs a 10-3 lead with 4:14 to play in the second quarter.
Stevenson forced the Lions (1-1, 0-1 MAC) into four turnovers, including three T.J. Luddy interceptions. Three of the turnovers came inside Mustang territory. The defense also totaled five sacks and four pass break-ups.
Sophomore Razonte Dunn (Bryans Road, Md./Lackey) led the Mustangs with 10 tackles and a sack while Tennessee finished with three tackles, a fumble return and one forced fumble. Junior Moses Anoh (Clarksburg, Md./Clarksburg) had three tackles, a sack and two pass break-ups.
Despite controlling the ball for only 12 minutes in the first half, including just under four in the second quarter, the Mustangs scored on four of its first seven possessions. However, the other three ended in turnovers of their own on two interceptions and one fumble.
Trailing by 14 late in the fourth quarter, Albright attempted a late rally, getting a safety and a 19-yard touchdown pass from Leddy to Daniel McNair in the final six minutes. Leddy and McNair connected five time for 85 yards and a touchdown, but with four seconds remaining in the fourth quarter and the Lions down six, Leddy's pass was just out of McNair's reach in the right corner of the end zone sealing the win for Stevenson.
Lee ran for 80 yards and scored his first career touchdown to lead the Mustangs' offensively while sophomore John Gasparovic (Newark, Del./Appoquinimink) was 11-of-22 for 152 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. For the second-straight game, the offensive line did not allow a sack.
Ty Hughes finished wih 98 yards rushing one score for Albright while Ludy was 19-of-38 for 280 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions. He also punted the ball five times for an average of 37.8 yards.
Daniel Sobolewski, who set a school record with a 47-yard field goal against the Mustangs last season, broke that with a 51-yarder in the first quarter on Saturday.
Stevenson hits the road for the first time in 2013 when it travels to FDU-Florham on Friday looking to snap a three game road losing streak. The Mustangs have won both all-time meetings with the Devils, including a 36-13 decision at Robert T. Shields Field on Oct. 29, 2011. Kickoff is at 7:00 p.m.