Second Half Offensive Outburst Gives Mustangs Homecoming Victory

OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Stevenson University broke a 7-7 halftime tie with 27 points in the third quarter, then scored 21 more in the fourth, to put Albright University away for a 55-7 Middle Atlantic Conference football victory Saturday afternoon for Homecoming at Mustang Stadium.  Sophomore quarterback Ryan Sedgwick finished with 425 yards passing and five touchdowns.

  • Albright won the toss and elected to receive.  The Lions picked up one first down on their opening drive but were forced to punt near midfield.
  • Stevenson went three-and-out on its first drive.
  • The Lions, taking over at their own 32, worked their way down to the Stevenson 24, but an incomplete pass on fourth-and-5 stopped the drive.
  • The Mustang drive opened with a 26-yard completion from Sedgwick to Chaz Lyles and a 17-yard pass to Keenan Franz to get the hosts into Albright territory.
  • Stevenson marched 74 yards on 11 plays down to the Albright 2, but facing third-and-goal on the 3, a Segdwick pass was intercepted in the end zone.
  • The game was scoreless after one quarter.

  • A seven-yard pass from Jimmy Lahay to Zack Miller capped a six-play, 80-yard drive and put Albright up 7-0 1:25 into the second quarter.
  • After forcing Albright to turn it over on downs at the Mustang 12 with 1:49 left, Stevenson engineered a six-play, 88-yard drive capped by a 55-yard completion from Sedgwick to Cory Jones to tie the game 7-7 with 18 seconds left.
  • Albright got to the Mustang 46 after a 23-yard kick return and a nine-yard run, but a final heave downfield by Lahay was intercepted by Mason Setness at the 8 to end the half. 

  • On the first drive of the second half, a 53-yard completion from Sedgwick to Titus Johnson 56 seconds in gave the Mustangs their first lead of the game, 14-7.
  • Stevenson took over at the Albright 41 after the Lions turned it over on downs, and a four-play drive was capped by a 16-yard TD reception by Chaz Lyles.  The PAT was blocked to make the score 20-7 with 11:43 on the clock.
  • Stevenson scored two touchdowns in a span of 13 seconds late in the quarter.
  • A 34-yard toss from Sedgwick to Lyles with 1:22 left in the frame capped a five-play, 76-yard march to up the hosts' lead to 27-7.
  • Marvin Manassa recovered an onside kick for Stevenson at the Albright 41, and two plays later, Sedgwick found Deion Mason all alone in the middle and he scampered home to make it 34-7 with 1:09 on the clock.
  • The Mustangs rolled up 230 yards of offense in the third, while Albright had just 25.

  • Justin Rutkowski capped a nine-play, 74-yard drive with an 18-yard run to increase the Mustang lead to 41-7 with 9:33 on the clock.
  • On Albright's second play on the ensuing drive, Todd Shelley was intercepted by Adam Sharkey at the Lion 36 and he raced into the end zone for the pick six and a 48-7 lead with 8:46 left.
  • Stevenson's final touchdown came with 3:19 left, as Brandon Walker carried 16 yards to put an exclamation point on a 33-yard drive that was set up by an interception and 35-yard return by Brennen Wright at the Mustang 32.

  • Sedgwick finished 20-28 passing for 425 yards and five touchdowns, just the second 400-yard passing game by a Mustang quarterback in program history.  Dan Williams threw for 446 yards against Wilkes on November 4, 2017.
  • The Mustangs outgained Albright 542-290 on the afternoon.
  • The Stevenson defense had three interceptions for the second straight game.
  • Stevenson's 55 points were the most in a game since scoring a program-record 65 against Misericordia on September 30, 2017 and are tied for third all-time in a game.
  • The 48 points the Mustangs scored in the second half is a program record for points in a half.
  • Franz finished with seven catches for 78 yards, while Lyles had five grabs for 122 yards and a pair of scores.
  • Johnson carried 14 times for 55 yards.
  • Ryan Schoppert had a team-best nine tackles, with Izaiha Pitts making seven stops and Cory Nowlan three, including one for a loss.
  • Jones, Mason, Rutkowski, Sharkey and Walker all had their first career touchdowns.
  • Stevenson has won four straight in the series with Albright and improved to 6-3 against the Lions all-time.

  • Stevenson concludes its three-game homestand next Saturday, October 26 when it hosts King's in a 1 pm contest at Mustang Stadium.