ADRIAN, Mich.--Sophomore Emmanuel Stewart ran for 185 yards and junior Stephen Milarch threw for two touchdowns to power the Adrian College football team to a 20-14 victory Saturday in Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association action at Docking Stadium during Family Weekend. The host Bulldogs improve to 6-3 overall and 3-2 in the MIAA after winning their third-straight, while the Hornets fall to 2-7 on the season and 0-5 in the league.
Milarch was efficient in his pair of touchdown passes, first going for 67 yards to freshman Tate Honeycutt and then to freshman Darius Philon for a 42-yarder--both in the third quarter and occurring 2 minutes apart. Adrian led 20-0 at the time.
Kalamazoo's Brock Rucinski threw for 312 yards on 24 completions and two touchdowns. Elijah Hamilton-Wray was his favorite target, with six catches for 123 yards--both game highs--and a 91-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter to account for the final margin of six points.
After the defenses dominated much of the first half, Adrian drew the first points of the afternoon as Stewart ran 48 yards into the end zone with 41 seconds left before the intermission. It capped a five-play, 68-yard drive in 2 minutes and 6 seconds of elapsed time to make it 6-0.
Stewart now has 1,278 yards on the ground to move into second place on Adrian's all-time list for a single season. Kevin Bostelman set the record in 2002 with 1,311 yards. And in less than two full years, Stewart already ranks third on the school's career rushing chart with 2,280.
The Bulldogs held advantages in several key areas including total yards (389-322), return yards (124-75) and time of possession (36:00-24:00). In a clean game, neither team committed a turnover and they combined for only 11 penalties for 68 yards
With seven tackles (10 total), freshman Chris Adams led a Bulldog defense that limited the Hornets to just 10 rushing yards on 26 attempts. Adams also broke up a pass and was credited with a quarterback hurry. Senior John Carlin added eight total tackles (6 solo) while classmates Dontrell Tucker, Leslie Young and sophomore Damon Fuller contributed six stops apiece.
Dylan Zerki and Jakob Frederick led the Kalamazoo defense with 15 and 13 tackles, respectively. Zerki had a sack and three tackles for loss of four yards.
The Hornets got on the scoreboard with 42 seconds remaining in the third quarter when Shon Powell caught a 6-yard pass from Rucinski to cap a drive that lasted 18 plays, 75 yards and 4:30. Adrian led 20-7.
Adrian will host Trine next Saturday (1 p.m.) in the MIAA finale at Docking Stadium, celebrating Senior Day for the Bulldogs.