Football falls at Adrian to end season

Football falls at Adrian to end season

Adrian, Mich. - The Alma College football team suffered a 56-21 loss to Adrian College on Saturday (Nov. 11) as the Scots closed out the 2017 season at Adrian's Docking Stadium.

Senior quarterback Dylan Zaborowski (Jackson, Mich./Michigan Center) tossed a pair of touchdown passes and ran for another score as the Scots (4-6 overall, 1-5 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association) played from behind for most of the game. Seniors Jacob Shields (Rives Junction, Mich./Jackson Northwest) and Jacob McKiddie (Redford, Mich./Redford Union) both caught touchdowns, with McKiddie's catch being the first score of his career in his final collegiate game.

Alma was limited to a season-low 86 yards rushing as the Adrian defense held the Scots to 246 yards of total offense, the fewest yards this season. 

Clayton Uecker threw for 361 yards and four touchdowns for the Bulldogs (5-5, 4-2 MIAA), while Emmanuel Stewart scored three times on the ground. 

Defensively, freshman John Martinez (Alvin, Texas/Alvin) led the Scots with eight tackles. 

How It Happened

  • The Bulldogs opened the game with a 21-0 lead, scoring three times in the first quarter.
  • Alma got on the scoreboard early in the second quarter when Jacob Shields caught a 14-yard pass from Dylan Zaborowski
  • The Scots intercepted Adrian's Clayton Uecker on the next drive, then cashed in eight plays later when Zaborowski plunged into the end zone from two yards out to pull within seven at 21-14 with 7:24 left in the opening half. 
  • Adrian responded with a pair of scores late in the second quarter to lead by a 35-14 margin at the half.
  • The Scots struck first in the second half when Jacob McKiddie caught his first career touchdown pass, a six-yard loft by Zaborowski to the back of the end zone to get within 14 points.
  • The Bulldogs responded with three straight scores to pull away for the victory. 

Next Up

Alma is scheduled to open the 2018 season on Thursday, Aug. 30, with a road game against Baldwin Wallace University (OH). The Scots' home opener for next season is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 8, when Manchester University (IN) visits Bahlke Field for a 6 p.m. kickoff.