Purple Eagles post shut-out victory

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 6 September 2013 at 12:00 am

Albion tops Barker/Roy-Hart

Photo By Cheryl Wertman – EAGLE ON THE RUN: Albion running back Ed Wolfe, who rushed for over 200 yards, picks up yardage during this evening’s victory over Barker/Roy-Hart at Middleport.

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – DEFENSE: Albion defensive lineman Clayton Stanton (55) puts the pressure on Barker/Roy-Hart quarterback Jacob Haight.

MIDDLEPORT – Avenging a wild last second 33-30 loss last year, Albion blanked Barker/Roy-Hart 32-0 here this evening in the B-North Division season opener.

Five forced turnovers including interceptions by Dominic DiCureia and Manny Thompson, along with fumble recoveries by Steven Stauss, Clayton Stanton and Alex Bison highlighted the shut-out effort by the Purple Eagles defense.

“Kudos to our defense. They played a great game against a very good Barker/Roy-Hart team,” Albion Coach Tony Osburn said. “Jacob Haight (Barker/Roy-Hart’s quarterback) is just a great player and for us to shut them out is a real feather in the cap of our defense. Every component of our defense played well.”

Albion built up a 12-0 half-time advantage on a pair of second quarter touchdown passes from quarterback Kyle Smith to Trey Hart covering 26 and 45 yards.

“The season opener on the road against a good team you have to come off the bus ready to play,” Osburn said, “We had to punt on our first two series but then we kind of found our way and came out of the blocks.”

The Purple Eagles had two other second quarter drives stopped by lost fumbles.

The Purple Eagles broke the game open in the third quarter on touchdown runs of 13 and 1 yards by Kollin Reynolds.

Smith rounded out the Albion scoring with a 13 yard TD run in the fourth quarter.

Ed Wolfe spearheaded the Albion ground attack with 206 yards on 18 carries.

Defensively, DiCureia and Reynolds were both in on seven tackles as Stauss and Jon Trembley each made six stops.

Albion next hosts Burgard on Friday night.