The Alfred State football team put together a solid comeback attempt in the 2nd half but could not overcome a 27-3 halftime deficit in a 27-17 loss to Globe Institute of Technology. Alfred is now 3-2 on the year while Globe is 4-2.
The Pioneers got on the board first when Keegan Phalen (East Aurora) connected on a 40-yard field goal just seven minutes into the contest.
Globe answered right back on the ensuing kickoff when Rodney Hall returned the kick 89-yard to give the Knights a 7-3 lead. The Knights controlled the rest of the half scoring after a blocked punt and an interception. In total they put together three scoring drives and led 27-3 at halftime.
The Pioneers came out of halftime with a lot of life and fought their way back into the game. With 8:40 remaining in the 3rd quarter Joey Frendo (Fremont, MI) dove in from two-yards out to cap a 10-play 61-yard drive. Frendo cut it to 27-17 with 2:05 remaining in the 3rd when he scored from one-yard out to close out a 14-play drive.
The Pioneers recovered the ensuing on-side kick and looked to have full momentum but could not score the rest of the way. Alfred turned the ball over three times in their four possessions of the 4th quarter.
Frendo was 13 for 29 for 182 yards on the day. Colton Caldwell (Dublin) caught five passes for 99 yards and threw for 68 yards at the QB position. Erik Simmons (Elmira Free) caught five passes for 94 yards. Major Everett (Media, PA) led the rushing attack with 65 yards on 14 carries.
Alonzo Joyner (Queens/Info Tech) and Phalen each had nine tackles for the defense. Robert Howard (Syracuse/Nottingham) had seven tackles while Carl Williams (Rochester/Greece Olympia), Brandt Rice (Ft. Myers, FL), and Thomas Daniels (Bronx/Institute of Collaborative Education) all recorded sacks.
Alfred outgained Globe 362 to 249 but five turnovers proved too much to overcome.
The blue & gold travel to the Apprentice School in Newport News, VA next Saturday for a 1 p.m. battle with the Builders.