The Alma College football team travels to Angola, Ind. to face the No. 14 ranked Trine Thunder on Saturday (Oct. 6). This will be the Scots' second conference game of the year - it previously lost in double overtime to Albion in the MIAA opener.
SCOUTING THE THUNDER
Trine is 4-0 overall this season and 1-0 in the MIAA, having beaten Hope 35-25 last week. The combined record of its three non-conference opponents is 4-10. It scores an average of 45 points per game and allows just 12.8. Running back Lamar Carswell averages 184 yards on the ground per game, the third-most in all of Division III. He leads all DIII players in rushing touchdowns with 12. He totes the ball 36 times for 200 yards and four touchdowns last week against the Flying Dutchmen. Andrew Duckett and Brandon Winters split time at quarterback - Trine averages only 16 pass attempts per game and 130 passing yards, the second-fewest in the league.
PREVIOUSLY — Albion 37, at Alma 34 (2OT)
The Scots fell in another close home game, 37-34 to the Albion Britons in double overtime on Homecoming. The Scots held a seven-point lead with 1:43 remaining in regulation and had Albion pinned back with a 4th & 10 on their own 22, but the Britons converted the first down and drove the final 57 yards in six plays to tie the game with 10 seconds left and force overtime. After offsetting field goals in the first extra period, Alma's next field goal attempt was just wide of the target, hitting the goal post. Albion would not miss its attempt to win. The Scots' defense forced three turnovers and held the Britons to 20 fewer points than their season average entering the game.
- Quarterback Mason Ippel is fifth in the MIAA in passing yards per game (166.5). He is also eighth in the league in rushing (68.0 ypg) and is the second-highest ranked quarterback on the list, just behind Mason Opple of Hope.
- Wide receiver Chase Hinkle is sixth in the conference in receiving yards per game (59.3). His biggest game of the season was the opener; he caught six passes for 152 yards and two touchdowns.
- Kicker Jacob Plisko owns the longest made kick in the league this season at 41 yards.
- The Scots have some of the surest tacklers in the conference. Defensive back Alex Szajko and linebackers Gunner Lamb and Zeke Ramirez are all among the top seven in tackles; Szajko leads all defensive players with 45.0.
- Defensive back Max Kretzschmar is one of six MIAA players with two or more interceptions on the year. Of those six players, Kretzschmar is one of two that returned an interception for a touchdown.
O CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAIN
Sophomore running back Steven Sowa and senior defensive lineman Hunter Hoffman have been named the two team captains this season. Sowa missed all of the 2017 season due to injury and looks to be one of a number of backs Alma will use to make up for the graduation of Caleb Reinhart. Hoffman played in every game in 2017 and recorded 19 tackles from the defensive line. The team has also formed a Captain Council that is made up of 20 players, two of whom will be chosen as co-captains to go along with Sowa and Hoffman for each game.
- Since 1975, the Scots are 25-18 in home-opening contests.
- Junior wide receiver Chase Hinkle had a few career-highs in the season opener at Baldwin Wallace: he put up 152 receiving yards and two touchdowns on six catches.
- Junior quarterback Mason Ippel's two touchdown passes against Baldwin Wallace are twice as many as he had entering the game. Ippel saw limited action backing up four-year starter Dylan Zaborowski for the last two years.
- Ippel had a career-high 129 rushing yards against Concordia Wisconsin.
- Alma is carrying a 114-man roster this season that includes 16 seniors, 27 juniors, 28 sophomores and 43 freshmen.
- Alma has won an MIAA championship in each decade dating back to the 1900s. The Scots' last league title was in 2004.
The Scots return home for its next game. It will face the Adrian Bulldogs on Saturday, Oct. 13 at Bahlke Field at 6:00 p.m. in its cAres game, in which it will honor cancer survivors.