Where do we go from here?
This was a common question asked by Briton fans after the first two games of the 2017 campaign.
Coming off of losses to both Wabash and Wisconsin-Stevens Point, spectators filed into Sprankle-Sprandel Stadium this past Saturday not knowing what to expect. However, their uncertainty would be silenced.
Albion topped the Falcons of Concordia (Wisc.) in dominating fashion, 79-7.
Despite the slow start to the season, head coach Craig Rundle was optimistic about the team’s ability. “I still believe that we have a chance to be a really good team,” Rundle said in a video news release leading up to the game. “We’ve really seen our guys compete over the course of those past two games, and we feel that we’re really close to turning the corner.”
The Britons took charge shortly after kickoff, thanks to an 11-yard scramble from first-year quarterback Kyle Thomas. The rally continued as Thomas hooked up with both Marlon Martin and Collin Poore for a pair of touchdowns. Albion led 21-0 at the end of the first quarter.
The rest of the game would follow a similar pattern. After building a 45-0 lead going into halftime, the Britons continued to smother the Falcons with their offensive might, as Michael Harvey, Patrick Czarnecki and Doug Freeman would all score for Albion in the second half.
The Briton defense would also contribute in strong fashion, as Sean Kubit-Miller and Tyler George proved to be a nightmare for the Falcons offense.
Perhaps the most impressive aspect of Saturday’s game was the finishing stats. The 79 points that the Britons scored on Saturday is currently the second-most points scored by a D-III football team this season. The Briton offense also totaled up 749 yards, which is the most by any D-III team this season.
This win solidified confidence in both Albion football players and their fans, especially going into conference play.
Following a bye week, the Britons travel to Adrian College on September 30 to take on the Bulldogs in their first MIAA competition.
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