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Alma, Mich. - The lights have brought out the best of the Alma College football team as of late, and the Scots will be looking to use those "night moves" as they welcome Kalamazoo College to Bahlke Field on Saturday (Oct. 17) night.
The Scots have a 2-0 record in night games at home since the lights went up two years ago, and in those contests, they have outscored their opponents by a 73-28 margin. Earlier this season, Alma put 42 points on the board against Rockford in a 42-21 win over the Regents on September 19.
"I think the campus community likes the games and it gives you a whole Saturday to do whatever you want to do and then you can end your day watching the Alma Scots," said head coach Greg Pscodna. "We've had great support from the fans and the student body and we hope to have it this weekend."
The Scots enter this weekend's game looking to rebound from a 50-14 setback at Adrian, where the Bulldogs rolled up 642 yards of offense, including 556 on the ground.
"The biggest disappointment we had last week was that our defense just missed too many tackles," Pscodna said. "We were in the right position, we just missed tackles. If you look at the film, guys who had been making those plays just didn't make them. We emphasized that this week, but now we move to a complete opposite in Kalamazoo, so we've got to switch gears and try not to give up too many big pass plays this week."
While the Bulldogs like to run the ball, the Hornets are happy moving the ball through the air, as Kalamazoo comes to Bahlke Field with the second-ranked passing offense in the MIAA, averaging 271.2 yards through the air. Sophomore Alex White, one of two underclassmen starting at quarterback in the MIAA, leads the offense and ranks third among the league passers. That offense will be tested as the Scots sport the top passing defense in the league, allowing only 152.4 yards per game through the air. In addition, Alma is ranked fifth in the country in sacks, dropping the quarterback on 19 occasions already this season.
"They like to throw the ball and they've scored a lot of points this year," Pscodna said of the Hornets. "But they've also given up a lot of points this year. We are not a big shootout kind of team, so we have to mix the run and the pass and play better defense so we can come away with a victory."
The MIAA's other underclassmen starting at quarterback, sophomore Dylan Zaborowski (Jackson, Mich./Michigan Center), will be charged with guiding the offense as the Scots look to stop a two-game slide and pick up their first MIAA win since the end of the 2013 campaign. Zaborowski ranks fifth in the MIAA in passing and fourth in the league with a 114.3 rating.
Zaborowski will have junior Nick Sullivan (Flushing, Mich./Flint Powers Catholic) in the backfield, and a trio of receivers to spread the ball to. Sophomore Daniel Hugan (Ann Arbor, Mich./Ann Arbor Huron) is the MIAA's third-ranked player in terms of all-purpose yards, and ranks second in the league in receptions, while senior Eric Hines (Menominee, Mich./Menominee) has caught a pass in 25 straight games and continues to climb the Scots' career receiving charts. Senior Sean McDonald (Gladwin, Mich./Gladwin) is coming off a career performance at Adrian, posting his first-ever 100-yard game against the Bulldogs.
On defense, Alma has lost the services of sophomore Colton Tyson (Vassar, Mich./Vassar), the third-ranked tackler on the team, for the season due to injury. The Scots will continue to rely on sophomore Zac Peterson (Holt, Mich./Holt) and senior Terry Calagon (Jackson, Mich./East Jackson) to stop the Hornets offense. Peterson has posted 10 or more tackles in each of his last three outings and ranks fourth in the nation with 6.5 sacks, while Calagon leads the MIAA and ranks fifth nationally with 11 tackles behind the line of scrimmage.
Saturday will be the 105th meeting between Alma and Kalamazoo, with the Scots holding a 57-42-5 advantage in the all-time series. The Hornets have won the last four meetings, including a 45-24 victory last season at Angell Field in Kalamazoo.
Kickoff is slated for 6:00 p.m. at Bahlke Field on the campus of Alma College. The game will be broadcast live on the radio locally, with play-by-play man Collin Hinman calling the action for WMLM 1520 AM. The game will also be streamed live on www.GoAlmaScots.com.