Alma, Mich. - The Alma College football team fell to the Hope College Flying Dutchmen 52-23 on Saturday (Oct. 27). The football program honored its 21 member senior class prior to the game.
Hope was on the attack from the beginning, scoring on each of its five first-half possessions, including touchdowns on the first two. The Flying Dutchmen posted 529 yards of total offense, the most in any game this year.
Quarterback Mason Ippel (Jenison, Mich. / Jenison) finished the game 9-of-16 passing for 116 yards and one touchdown. Running back Austin Spratling (Grand Rapids, Mich. / Wyoming Kelloggsville) led the Scots' ground game with 63 yards on 11 carries and a 47-yard touchdown. Brenden Newvine (Clarkston, Mich. / Notre Dame Prep) posted 31 yards on 10 attempts. Wide receiver Chase Hinkle (Concord, Mich. / Concord) had his best stat line since the opening game of the year. He caught four passes for 90 yards, including a 63-yard catch and run for a touchdown late in the third quarter.
Hope's rushing attack - second-best in the conference entering the game - was on full display. The Flying Dutchmen ran for 375 yards and five touchdowns. Mike Miklusicak led all players with 210 yards on the ground on 20 attempts and one touchdown. Dual-threat quarterback Mason Opple ran for 97 yards and three scores while completing 10 of his 12 passes for 134 yards and two touchdowns.
How It Happened
- Hope opened the game with a 14-play, 72-yard drive that ended with Opple's first rushing touchdown of the day. Alma went three-and-out on its first possession and Hope scored its second touchdown five plays later. The extra point was muffed and returned to Hope's end zone by Colin Smith (Westphalia, Mich. / Pewamo-Westphalia) for two points to make it 13-2.
- The Scots again went three-and-out on their next possession and Hope came down with another 14-play drive culminating in a 33-yard scoring pass to Cooper Cecchini. It added another score on its next drive - a one-yard reception from Jake Kozlowski - to take a 30-2 lead.
- The Scots' next drive was their best until that point. It drove 54 yards in 11 plays down to Hope's two-yard line, but could not score in four chances. It tried a trick play on fourth down that saw Hinkle take a pitch to the right side and look to throw to Alex Yancy (Macomb, Mich. / L'Anse Creuse North) in the back of the end zone, but the throw was off the mark.
- Hope scored touchdowns on its first two possessions of the second half. Alma responded with a 63-yard touchdown pass from Ippel to Hinkle to get the Scots' offense going. Alma scored again on its next drive - a 47-yard run from Spratling - to bring the score to 45-16.
- On Alma's final drive, senior Bailey Proctor (Bellaire, Mich. / Bellaire) scored his first career touchdown, a one-yard rush. Two plays prior, Tyler Mrock (Port Huron, Mich. / Cardinal Mooney Catholic) drew a pass interference penalty on fourth down from the eight-yard line to give Alma a fresh set of downs.
- Bailey Proctor ended the game with six rushes for eight yards and a score.
- Senior wide receiver Tyler Mrock caught his first-career pass, a 17-yarder on 3rd and 8 midway through the fourth quarter. That eventually led to Proctor's touchdown.
- Junior quarterback Travis Disser (Marysville, Mich. / Marysville) saw the first action in his career. He went 3-for-4 for 42 yards.
- Joseph Schaefer (Lowell, Mich. / Lowell) caught three passes for 42 yards.
- Alex Yancy caught a 16-yard pass that he nearly took scored on, but was stopped just short of the goal line. That would have been his second touchdown in as many weeks.
- The Scots slightly outgained Hope through the air, 158 yards to 154.
- Alma was 7-of-15 (47-percent) on third downs in the game. Hope was 7-of-12 (58-percent).
What He Said
"I had the pleasure to lead a great group of seniors onto the field today. They have dedicated four years to this program and done so with class and great character. I proud to have coached them this season. Go Scots!"
- Head Coach Jason Couch
The Scots have played its last home game of the year. They will finish the season with two road games, beginning with a trip to Olivet next Saturday (Nov. 3) for a game starting at 1:00 p.m.