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Purple Eagles romp to first victory

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 16 September 2016 at 11:00 pm
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Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Albion’s Tommy Mattison runs for the second of his two first quarter touchdowns which sparked the Purple Eagles to a 46-7 victory over visiting Barker/Roy-Hart this evening.

Erupting for two quick touchdowns in the first six minutes, Albion went on to defeat visiting Barker/Roy-Hart 46-7 in a B East Division contest this evening as the Purple Eagles snapped a season opening two game losing streak.

Tommy Mattison scored on touchdown runs of 30 and 35 yards and also had a two-point conversion carry vaulting the Purple Eagles out to a quick 14-0 lead in the first 6:01.

Albion made it 20-0 before the quarter ended as quarterback Bryce Pritchard hooked up with Lamar Chambers on a 45 yard touchdown pass.

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Barker/Roy-Hart running back Malik Smith tries to break away from the tackle of Albion defender Tommy Mattison.

Barker/Roy-Hart got on the scoreboard early in the second quarter on a 32 yard touchdown pass from Jacob Brunning to Eddie Wasnock and an extra point kick by Noah Rocklein.

However, Albion got that one right back as Mattison ran 16 yards for a touchdown and Pritchard added the extra point kick to make it 27-7.

The Purple Eagles upped the lead to 33-7 at the half as Pritchard connected with Nate Moore on an 18 yard touchdown pass with only three seconds to go.

Pritchard also scored himself on a 19 yard touchdown run in the third quarter and Blake Aina tallied on a 3 yard TD carry in the fourth quarter to round out the Purple Eagles scoring.

Mattison finished with a total of 229 yards rushing and 3 touchdowns and Pritchard completed 11 of 13 passes for 187 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Defensively, Moore and Devin Cox both had interceptions and Tony Vallejo Miller a fumble recovery. Vallejo Miller also had a team leading 9 tackles while Meach Gardner added 7 and Moore and Kory Reynolds 5 each.

Albion next hosts Depew next Friday night for Homecoming.

The loss drops Barker/Roy-Hart to 0-3.

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Albion receiver Lamar Chambers goes up the middle on a long pass reception as Barker/Roy-Hart defender Jacob Bruning pursues.