A.L. football just shy of CenturyPublished 2:04pm Saturday, September 15, 2012
Ethan Abben scored three touchdowns for Albert Lea during the Tigers matchup against Rochester Century on Friday.supplement
The Panthers got the win, but Albert Lea trailed closely behind 27-19.
Tigers head coach Max Jeffrey said going into the game the Tigers knew they would be facing a running game and they weren’t wrong.
“They have the best running back probably in the Big Nine,” Jeffrey said. “We were on defense a long time. That makes it hard to score points.”
Besides Abben, Jeffrey credited Dylan See-Rockers and Derek Burkhard for helping the Tigers stay in the game.
“See-Rockers made some nice catches,” Jeffrey said. “And Derek was our game plan going in. We wanted to take advantage of their secondary so we counted on him.”
Century took a 7-0 lead in the first quarter. Then Abben scored, making it 7-6. Going in to the half, Jeffrey said the Tigers were trailing by two with a score of 14-12.
He said Century scored right away in the third, but with a long run by Abben, the Tigers stayed close 21-19.
Century’s final touchdown came in the fourth quarter to take the win by eight points.
“It doesn’t feel good to lose and it’ll sting a little bit, but we’ve got another great week of practice and then we’ll take on a very very talented John Marshall team,” Jeffrey said.
Stats were not provided to the Albert Lea Tribune by press time. Look in Monday’s paper for full results.