Alma, Mich. - The Alma College football team defeated Kalamazoo College 28-10 on Saturday (Oct. 26) afternoon in a game it controlled from the start. The Scots (5-2) outgained Kalamazoo 405-267 and got two rushing touchdowns apiece from Ryan Stevens (Lowell, Mich. / Lowell) and Austin Spratling (Grand Rapids, Mich. / Wyoming Kelloggsville).
Alma dominated in every category and held the lead the entire game, starting with a six-yard rushing score from Spratling on the opening possession. He found the end zone again two drives later, this time from one yard out. Both drives were nearly identical: 12 plays to 11, 70 yards to 68, and just over six minutes to just under.
The Scots were 9 of 13 on third downs in the game and converted three on their second touchdown drive, getting a 22-yard reception from Joseph Schaefer (Lowell, Mich. / Lowell) and a 21-yard run by Spratling. Schaefer had five catches for 67 yards but it was Chase Hinkle (Concord, Mich. / Concord) who led the Scots in receiving. He had season-highs of four receptions and 107 yards, including a 64-yard shot coming out of halftime. That reception brought Alma from its own 10-yard line to Kalamazoo's 26. On the very next play, the Scots ran a trick play in which Nathan Goralski (Romeo, Mich. / Romeo High School) took a handoff from Stevens and sprinted to the outside, but then stopped and threw the ball to Hinkle who was waiting inside the 10-yard line. The completion led to a one-yard plunge from Stevens.
Kalamazoo scored its only touchdown off a blocked field goal halfway through the third quarter. Quarterback Niko Nickson had scored a three-yard touchdown just before halftime, but it was called back by a holding penalty. The Hornets connected on a field goal to make it 14-3 going into halftime.
Though neither team had a turnover, Alma held the Hornets to just 14 first downs while forcing five punts and getting two turnovers on downs. Kalamazoo also muffed a field goal try that led to Alma regaining possession.
Alma will return to action next Saturday (Nov. 2) when it travels to Hope College to face the conference-leading Flying Dutchmen. Kickoff is set for 1:00 p.m.