@AdrianCollegeFB Sends Senior Class Out in Big Way with 56-21 Rout of Visiting Alma

Junior Foster Walker makes one of his two touchdown catches on the day in Adrian's 56-21 rout of visiting Alma Saturday. (Action photo by Mike Dickie)
Junior Foster Walker makes one of his two touchdown catches on the day in Adrian's 56-21 rout of visiting Alma Saturday. (Action photo by Mike Dickie)

ADRIAN, Mich.--The Adrian College football team celebrated Senior Day with a resounding 56-21 victory Saturday over visiting Alma in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association finale for both schools.

= Final Score: Adrian College 56, Alma College 21 (SENIOR DAY)

= Location: Docking Stadium, Adrian, Mich.; Weather: Partly Cloudy, 33 degrees, Wind East 9 mph (Cold Chill 29 degrees)

= Records: Adrian Bulldogs 5-5 overall (4-2 MIAA), Alma Scots 4-6 overall (1-5 MIAA)

TOP DAWGS
= Junior star running back Emmanuel Stewart usually beats opponents with his legs, but this afternoon he beat the Scots with his hands. He had career and game highs of eight catches and 133 yards and a touchdown. And, oh by the way, he ran 15 times for 73 yards and three TDs.

= Senior David Nutter carried the ball 15 times for a game-high 137 yards, or 9.1 yards per rush, and a TD.

= Junior Jerron McGaw had six grabs for 119 yards and a TD.

= Senior signal-caller Clayton Uecker passed for 361 yards on 18-for-25 with four TDs. He narrowly missed setting Adrian single-game marks for passing yards and TDs.

= Senior Eli Villalobos led the defense from his secondary spot with nine tackles, including a 10-yard sack, an interception and another pass break-up.

= Junior outside linebacker Tim McPhee contributed eight tackles, followed by senior lineman Damon Fuller with seven total (4 solo) and classmate Jacob Clark with six (5 solo).

THE OPPOSITION
= Alex Yancy led the Scots with six receptions and 74 yards.

= Quarterback Dylan Zaborowski produced 209 yards of total offense--160 through the air on 17 completions and 49 in 19 carries. He accounted for all three of his team's TDs.

= John Martinez led the Scots with seven tackles among eight total, including two for loss of six yards. Jake Curtin added seven (5 solo) and Colin Smith had six solo stops.

= Jacob McKiddie had a six-yard TD reception in the third quarter.

HOW IT HAPPENED
= Adrian raced out to a 21-0 lead after the first quarter. Stewart got it going with a 2-yard TD plunge with 10 minutes and 57 seconds showing to cap the Bulldogs first possession of the afternoon in eight plays for 65 yards in 3:06 elapsed time. Then 7:11 later junior Foster Walker caught his first TD of the game for 35 yards from Uecker. With 33 seconds left, Uecker connected with McGaw for an 18-yard score.

= In the second quarter, Alma managed to creep back within 21-14 after a Jacob Shields 14-yard TD pass from Zaborowski at 11:08 and Zaborowski's 2-yard run about 3-and-a-half minutes later.

= The Bulldogs, however, answered with a pair of TDs of their own to restore the 21-point cushion at halftime, 35-21. Stewart caught a 26-yard feed from Uecker at 4:32 on the clock and Walker hauled in a 17-yarder with only 16 seconds remaining.

= Adrian took further control of the contest by outscoring Alma 21-7 in the second half.

= Just like the final 35-point margin of the game's outcome, Adrian dominated statistically: 26-18 first downs, 545-246 total yards, 361-160 yards passing and 184-86 yards rushing.

= Alma did have advantages in time of possession (31:59 to 28:01) and return yardage (170-32). Both teams recorded an interception. 

BEYOND THE BOXSCORE
= Adrian has won 10 of the past 11 meetings, but the Scots still command the all-time series at 48-30-1.

= Prior to the contest, the team honored its 25-member of the senior class which won 58 percent of its games, won a MIAA championship and appeared in the 2014 NCAA Division III Football Championship.

= The 56 points represents the most by either team in the series since Adrian won 70-6 at home during the 1985 season.

= McGaw finishes the season with career highs of 70 receptions, 1233 yards and 10 TDs for second, first and first in school history. His three-year career rankings in team history are third with 1895 yards receiving, fourth with 125 catches and tied for third with 15 TDs.

= The all-time school leader in tackles for loss (68.5) and yardage (357), Fuller just missed on also owning the career sacks mark. He had one for three yards against Alma to give him 38 sacks for 263 yards. Leader Michael Lewis had 40.5/265 from 2002-05. Fuller concludes with 217 total tackles--almost in the school's Top-10.

= Nutter finished up his three-year Adrian career with 1,561 yards rushing--just missing the top-10 in team history. Including one season at NCAA Division II Malone University he ran for almost 1,600 yards at the collegiate level.

= Among many records set this fall, Stewart today set the program benchmarks for rushing TDs (18), all-purpose yards (1,664) and total points scored (120).

= Senior outside linebacker Jacob Davis, who has amassed 128 tackles after beginning his career here as a running back, ends up sixth on the Bulldogs' all-time chart for 329 punt return yards.

= Senior punter Connor Storms extended his school record for punting yards with 6,983 by going for two for 104 today, a 52.0 yard average. He had a season-long 65 yards that pinned the Scots on their 1-yard line late in the game.

UP NEXT
= Adrian's season is complete. The Bulldogs will prepare for 2018 by bringing in another large, talented recruiting class to mesh with a projected eight starters--five on offense and three on defense.

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