Lions Lose to #21 DVC as Time Expires in Pretzel Bowl
The Albright College football team was one yard away from taking control on two separate occasions but ultimately fell as time expired, 20-17 to #21 Delaware Valley in Saturday's Pretzel Bowl.
Shirk Stadium was playing host to the 63rd Annual Pretzel Bowl, a fundraiser for the Rajah Shriners' Hospital for Children. Albright running back Ty Hughes and DVC kicker Brandon Snyder were named Game MVPs.
Hughes totaled 144 yards on 33 carries, scoring twice but falling inches short of a third score that would have given Albright a late two-score advantage. Snyder tied the game from 37 yards in the fourth quarter and then won it from 25 out as the clock hit zeros.
Leading 17-14 at the beginning of the fourth quarter, the Lions had second-and-goal from the one yard line. Hughes was stopped on a dive, and Albright fumbled the shotgun snap on third down. Daniel Sobolewski's field goal then went wide left.
After Snyder tied it from 37 yards, Albright drove down into Delaware Valley territory with 2:36 remaining. Facing 4th-and-1, the Lions went for it over kicking the field and were again stuffed at the line of scrimmage.
DVC quarterback Aaron Wilmer hit Rasheed Bailey across midfield, and then Kyle Schuberth rushed to the 24. On 3rd down, Wilmer found Danny Lopez down to the eight-yard line, setting up an easy winner for Snyder (a Shillington native).
Senior Daniel McNair caught six passes for 109 yards on the day. On defense, seniors Don Gould and Mark Capetola each had 2.5 tackles for loss and Drew Peterson intercepted his third pass of the season.
Wilmer was 10-for-24 for 164 yards and one score, while Schuberth rushed for 148 yards on 23 carries for DVC (6.4 yards per rush).
After each team stalled on three first quarter drives, the Aggies opened the scoring with a touchdown early in the second.
Off an Albright punt, Levi Myers forced a fumble and JaVaughn Patterson recovered it deep in opposing territory. Hughes broke three tackles and found the end zone to tie the contest at 7-7.
Myers appeared to force another fumble later in the quarter, but the play was ruled down on the one yard line and Delaware Valley scored soon after for a 14-7 lead. Sobolewski was good from 31 yards to make it 14-10 at the break.
McNair made a fantastic diving catch at the one yard line in the third quarter, setting up another Hughes touchdown and a 17-14 Lion lead.
Albright falls to 1-2 and 0-2 in the MAC, while Delaware Valley is 3-0, 2-0.