The Albion College football team achieved its first win of the season at an opportune time as conference play began against Kalamazoo College on Saturday, Oct. 1.
The Britons suffered three tough losses against talented opponents to start off the year.
“It’s a work in progress,” quarterback Spencer Krauss, Tipton junior, said. “The only thing ‘wrong’ with this team is that we are 1-3. Our goal is to win the MIAA conference and we have no reason to believe that we cannot do that.”
Although the Brits are well under a .500% winning percentage with a 1-3 record, they are still more than capable of achieving their goal of winning their conference. In order to maintain their position atop the MIAA standings they need to continue winning against league opponents starting with Alma College tomorrow. If the Britons win the conference then they will be a lock for the NCAA playoffs.
Krauss had a formidable outing last week, setting a school record for passing yards with 434 yards through the air. Krauss was named MIAA player of the week for his exceptional performance.
“I think Spencer’s grown in both his leadership ability and his playing ability over the past few years,” head coach Craig Rundle said. “Guys respect him because he competes hard and football is important to him. He’s not interested in personal stats he’s only interested in winning.”
Along with Krauss, the Albion Football Team received breakout performances from receivers J.C. Cruse and Zach Brewer. Cruse led all receivers with 226 yards of receiving off six catches, while Brewer was second for the Britons in receiving with a less than modest 106 yards off of six catches.
“We have three really good receivers in Brian Spencer, J.C. Cruse and Zach Brewer,” coach Rundle said. “And with Spencer (Krauss) being able to distribute the ball, along with our running backs, we have some of the most talented skill positions in the country at our level.”
Rundle said the Britons started the season with tough nonconference opponents to better prepare the team for its conference matches.
“Our goal for the season is always to win the league,” said Rundle. “Our short term goal is always to be undefeated at the end of the week and improve after every game.”
Next week the Britons face Alma for their second conference game of the year.
“We hope to take the momentum from our win into our next game,” said Krauss. “Like I said, we are a confident football team and we do not expect anything but success from this season.”