Adrian Football Holds Off Two-Time Defending MIAA Champion Trine in Senior Day Win, 34-26

The 2019 Adrian College football senior class. (Graphic by AC Marketing and Public Relations Office.)
The 2019 Adrian College football senior class. (Graphic by AC Marketing and Public Relations Office.)

ADRIAN, Mich.--The Adrian College football team celebrated Senior Day 2019 on Saturday with a 34-26 victory over the two-time defending Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association champion Trine Thunder on Saturday, using a balanced offensive attack on the ground and through the air.

THE BASICS
= Final Score: Adrian College 34, Trine University 26

= Location: Kapnick Field at Docking Stadium; Weather: Partly Cloudy, 34 degrees, Wind NE 15 mph

= Records: Adrian Bulldogs 5-4 overall, 4-2 MIAA; Trine Thunder 4-5 overall, 1-5 MIAA

TOP DAWGS
= Freshman Jerome Neal rushed for 96 yards on 24 attempts and two touchdowns to lead all student-athletes.

= Sophomore Clarence Madison caught 10 passes for 105 yards for season highs in both categories. The 10 receptions are also a career best.

= Freshman Dwight Mann spearheaded the 'Dogs-"D" with seven solo stops, followed by sophomore Brandon Kwiatkowski with five tackles (4 solo) and freshman Kevin Smitherman with five solo tackles.

THE OPPOSITION
= Seth Boggs led Trine in rushing with 67 yards on 13 carries.

= Jacob Chesney led Thunder receivers with three catches and 55 yards.

= Keysean Amison topped all defenders with nine tackles and 10 total.  

= Nicholas Funk averaged 46.3 yards over three punts, including a long of 58 yards and two inside the 20.

HOW IT HAPPENED
= Adrian led for most of the contest while also holding a definitive time of possession with 36 minutes and 54 seconds to Trine's 23:06.

= It was a low-scoring interesting affair in the first quarter. Adrian took a 3-0 lead on sophomore Cooper West's 26-yard field goal at the 9:43 mark before Lucas Garza nailed a 31-yarder of his own with 6:28 to go. Jake Gladieux sacked Adrian quarterback Jack Wurzer in the end zone to give the Thunder a safety and 5-3 lead with 3:36 remaining.  

= But in the second quarter and part of the third, the Bulldogs reeled off 17 unanswered points to take a 20-5 advantage at 10:43 showing on the clock in the third. West connected on a 36-yard field goal and Neal scored on TD runs of 1 and 3 yards.

= The teams alternated scoring plays for the rest of the game as the Bulldogs never trailed after falling behind 5-3. Dylan Dowling had TD runs of 1 and 12 yards and teammate Keysean Amison ran back a short kickoff 65 yards the other way for another score for the Thunder. For the Bulldogs, sophomore Trent Stone enjoyed 13-yard scamper into the end zone and sophomore quarterback Jack Wurzer and junior receiver Henry Wilson hooked up for a 32-yard pass play.

= Adrian was 47 percent (8 of 17) in third-down efficiency while Trine went only 27 percent (4 of 15). Adrian also had 26 first downs to 15 for the visitors.

= The Bulldog defense limited the Thunder offense to just 269 total yards.

BEYOND THE BOXSCORE
= Adrian takes a 10-7 lead in the all-time series against Trine.

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UP NEXT
= Adrian will have its season finale at Hope College next Saturday, kicking off at 1 p.m.   

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