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Steelers edge past Purple Eagles

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 30 September 2016 at 11:51 pm

In a sea-saw battle host Lackawanna nipped Albion 30-26 this evening in a B East Division football game.

Albion grabbed a 6-0 lead with 34 seconds to go in the opening quarter on a 7 yard touchdown run by Tommy Mattison.

The Purple Eagles then fell behind 8-6 early in the second quarter but rebounded with two late touchdowns on a 72 yard run by Mattison with 4:37 to go and a 23 yard scoring pass from quarterback Bryce Pritchard to Nate Moore with just 12 seconds remaining to regain an 18-8 lead at the half.

This time the Steelers answered back with two touchdowns in the third quarter to regain a 22-18 lead.

Albion though battled back one more time to reclaim the lead one last time at 26-22 on a 3 yard touchdown run by Meach Gardner and a two-point conversion pass from Pritchard to Kory Reynolds with 9:04 remaining in the fourth quarter.

However, the last rally and the win belonged to the Steelers as Danny Elvers scored on a 14 yard run and Noble Smith added the two-point converse carry for a 30-26 lead with 3:49 remaining.

Albion did mount one last drive but the threat was stopped on downs inside the Lackawanna 30.

Mattison finished with a total of 230 yards rushing while Gardner led the Purple Eagles defense in tackles with 13.

In making it three wins in a row Lackawanna improves to 2-1 in the division and 3-2 overall while Albion slips to 1-3, 1-4.