Football team grounded at Hope

Football team grounded at Hope

Holland, Mich. - On a rainy and windy night at Ray & Sue Smith Stadium, the Alma College football team suffered a 36-14 loss to Hope College in a battle between early leaders in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association.

Hope (4-1 overall, 2-0 MIAA) forced Alma into four turnovers and racked up 332 yards on the ground. Six of the seven scoring drives for the Dutch began in Alma territory as Hope opened the game with a 17-0 lead and limited the Scots passing game to just 62 yards. 

Senior Dylan Zaborowski (Jackson, Mich./Michigan Center) ran for 115 yards and scored the only touchdown for the Scots (3-2, 1-1 MIAA). He also threw a touchdown pass, hitting sophomore Chase Hinkle (Concord, Mich./Concord) for his 50th career TD toss.

Defensively, Alma forced Hope into four turnovers, while senior Colton Tyson (Vassar, Mich./Vassar) paced Alma with 10 tackles. 

How It Happened

  • Hope scored the game's first 17 points to take a 17-0 first quarter lead. 
  • Alma got on the board early in the second quarter when Dylan Zaborowski scored on a 15-yard run.
  • After holding the Flying Dutchmen to a three-and-out on the next drive, the Scots turned the ball over on downs deep in their own territory, but were able to limit Hope to a field goal. 
  • Alma forced a fumble and recovered the ball near midfield, then drive deep into Hope territory before Zaborowski fumbled the ball. The Dutch took the ball and ended the half with a field goal to take a 23-7 advantage into halftime. 
  • Hope expanded its lead to 29-7 midway through the third quarter when Mason Opple scored on a three-yard run. Following an interception of Zaborowski, the Dutch scored 17 seconds later to build a 29-point lead at 36-7.
  • Chase Hinkle scored his third touchdown of the season, catching a seven-yard pass from Zaborowski to make the score 36-14 with seven minutes to play in the game. 

Up Next

The Scots will continue their three-game road trip, traveling to Aurora, Ill., to face Aurora University on Saturday, Oct. 14. Kickoff against the Spartans is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET.