ALBION, Mich. — Albion senior quarterback Spencer Krauss threw a touchdown pass in the final two minutes to secure a 22-21 upset against nationally ranked Wheaton (Ill.).
After an early field goal, running backs Clinton Orr and Darrin Williams pushed the Britons on offense. The dynamic duo combined for 62 yards during the drive late in the first quarter. Orr capped the nine-play, 73-yard offensive possession with a 6-yard touchdown run to put the Britons up 9-0. The extra-point attempt was blocked to keep the Albion lead at nine points with 29 seconds remaining in the first quarter of play.
Wheaton then scored three consecutive touchdowns to take the lead. Krauss tossed his first interception of the 2012 season during the string before Wheaton took a 21-9 lead into the break.
Orr went on to carry the ball 29 times for 133 yards on the day. Krauss finished the game 12 of 20 for 104 yards, one touchdown and one interception. The TD was huge as Krauss drove the ball to the Wheaton 21-yard line before facing a fourth-and-nine. After a timeout, Krauss capitalized with a pass to the end zone right at junior wide receiver Zach Brewer, who hauled in the 21-yard touchdown to tie the game at 21-21.
After the extra point, Albion’s defense answered the call again, holding strong for the final 1:26. Earlier, it also had a huge stand with 4:58 remaining as senior defensive back Wes Dolen picked off a pass at the Wheaton 48-yard line and returned it 11 yards to set up the Britons’ offense.
No. 3 Wesley 17, No. 6 Salisbury 7
SALISBURY, Md. – Askia Jahad ran for nearly 100 yards as third-ranked Wesley defeated No. 6 Salisbury 17-7 on a rainy Saturday night at Sea Gull Stadium. The Wolverines have now beaten their Route 13 rival eight consecutive times.
Jahad carried the ball 20 times for 98 yards on the night, and his touchdown with 2:06 remaining in the game sealed the victory for the Wolverines. Jahad also eclipsed the top ten in the school’s all-time rushing list, passing Forrley Gunby with 1,473 yards in his career.
Wesley took an early lead in the first quarter, but it was after a 40-minute delay with lightning in the area. On the first play after the delay, quarterback Justin Sottilare found Matt Barile down the sideline for a 25-yard gain before Jahad ran for 17 to get inside the red zone. Three plays later, Ryan Gerlitz caught a fade pass from Sottilare for a Wolverine touchdown.
As rain came down harder throughout the second quarter, Wesley went into the locker room with a 7-0 lead. The Wolverines got the ball coming out of the break, and embarked on a 14-play, 69-yard drive, which ate up seven minutes and 34 seconds. A thirty yard strike to Barile on fourth down kept the drive alive which was capped off by a 23-yard chip shot by Dan Tryon.
Salisbury was unable to answer until midway through the fourth quarter when the Gulls scored on a 19-yard pass from Dan Griffin to Juma Richards.
No. 4 Mary Hardin-Baylor 34, Kean 7
Belton, Texas — Mary Hardin-Baylor football team rolled to a 34-7 victory against Kean in the 2012 season opener Saturday. UMHB improves to 1-0 on the season by winning its sixth consecutive season opener. The loss drops the Cougars to 0-2 on the year.
UMHB forced a Kean three-and-out on the game’s opening possession and then marched 52 yards in seven plays before LiDarral Bailey hit Darius Wilson with a swing pass that Wilson toted 15 yards into the end zone to make it 7-0 Cru just 3:54 into the game.
Wilson finished with 165 rushing yards on 12 carries and he tied a UMHB single-game record with his four total touchdowns. Stephen Salinas added 88 yards on 18 carries. LiDarral Bailey was 20-24 passing for 193 yards and two touchdowns and Jon Ross caught a career-high six passes for 72 yards. Brodrick Crain and Jarred Favorite topped the UMHB defense with seven tackles apiece.
No. 5 Linfield 49, Hardin-Simmons 35
McMINNVILLE,Ore.– Quarterback Mickey Inns passed for 309 yards and four touchdowns, and tailback Josh Hill piled up 195 all-purpose yards to lead the fifth-ranked Linfield Wildcats past the Hardin-Simmons Cowboys 49-35 in a non-conference game Saturday.
Tied at 21 at intermission, the Wildcats went on a 28-0 run to send the Cowboys home with a loss.
Linfield (2-0) rolled up 563 yards on the visitors from Abilene, Texas, but surrendered 503 yards to the winless Cowboys (0-2). Five different Wildcats caught touchdown passes and two quarterbacks threw for scores in the game.
No. 7 St. Thomas (Minn.) 43, Wisconsin-River Falls 9
Sophomore QB Matt O’Connell passed for 403 yards and led the No. 7-ranked Tommies to a 43-9 victory against UW-River Falls Saturday at O’Shaughnessy Stadium.
The game included 128 pass attempts — 74 attempts alone by Falcon freshman QB Ryan Kusilek. UST rolled up 636 yards of offense and ran 95 plays with 34 first downs. The Toms built a 15-0 first-quarter lead and led 29-3 after three quarters.
O’Connell completed 35 of 52 passes for 403 yards with two TDs with two interceptions. It was UST’s first 400-yard passing game out of 52 games of the Glenn Caruso era, and the 35 completions tied a Tommie school record. Aaron Terrell-Byrd broke a 75-yard TD run in the third quarter and finished with 120 yards on 11 rushes. Dan Ferrazzo had 10 catches for 148 yards. Ryan Toney had 69 rushing yards and TDs of 4 and 2 yards.
UWRF’s Kusilek completed 39 of 74 passes for 342 yards and one TD. The Tommie defense held the Falcons to minus 12 yards rushing and just 5 of 26 on third- and fourth-down conversions. Twelve different UST defenders had either a interception, sack, break up or tackle for loss.
St. Thomas won despite four tunrovers, 10 penalties and two onside kicks that River Falls converted in the second half.
No. 8 Wabash 33, Hanover 12
HANOVER, Ind. – Wabash won an ugly win that included 15 penalties on the visiting team with a 33-12 victory at Hanover on Saturday.
The Little Giants got whistled for 15 penalties and 152 yards. But the defense played well in the first half and responded in the second.
The game swung in the fourth quarter after the host Panthers pulled to within a touchdown with just under nine minutes to play. Wabash QB Chase Belton then completed a 17-yard pass to freshman Eddie Cmehil and then another to running back Troy Meyers for 17 more. Meyers carried three times for 24 more yards and Sean Hildebrand then caught a short Belton pass and fought his way across the goal line for a 7-yard score. The junior receiver had six catches for 77 yards.
Austin Hodges returned an interception 39 yards for the final score.
Wabash generated 356 yards of total offense, most from the passing game’s 327. Hanover mustered just 11 yards rushing and 211 passing. Belton hit on 25 of 32 passes for 327 yards and three scores. Meyers rushed for 43 yards on nine carries.
No. 9 St. John Fisher 28, Washington & Jefferson 24
WASHINGTON, Pa. — St. John Fisher forced four turnovers, including two in the final three minutes, as the No. 9 Cardinals overcame a 10-point, four-quarter deficit to beat Washington & Jefferson 28-24 on Saturday.
Fisher took its first and only lead of the game with 5:59 left in the fourth quarter. On third-and-9 from the Fisher 9, quarterback Rob Kramer connected with senior Jason Beaumont for a 91-yard touchdown strike down the right side line to give the Cardinals a 28-24 lead.
Fisher trailed 17-7 at the half and it could have been worse. The Cardinals were outgained 246-33 in the first half and totaled just one offensive first down. The Cardinals’ lone touchdown came on a 100-yard interception return by senior Adam Burdick in the second quarter. The interception return marked the second time a Fisher player has had a 100-yard return and the 65th time a Division III player has accomplished the feat.
The Cardinals were out-gained 445-258 for the game, but won the turnover battle 4-0 and Mike Benderski also blocked a field goal in the opening period. Beaumont finished the game with two catches for 116 yards and two touchdowns. Kramer was 10 for 24 for 183 yards and three touchdowns.
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