Sept. 2, 2006
Quarterback Jake Wilson passed for 273 yards and a touchdown and junior Adam House added a pair of rushing touchdown to power host Albion to a 31-10 victory over Butler in the 2006 season-opener for both teams at Sprankle-Sprandel Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 2. The Britons jumped to a 24-3 halftime lead, and Butler couldn't overcome the deficit in the second half.
Wilson, getting his first varsity start, completed 20 of 29 passes with no interceptions. He set up Albion's first score, a 32-yard field goal by Sayun Allen four minutes into the game, with a 30-yard pass to Peter Shaw, and he set the stage for Albion's first touchdown six and half minutes later with a 42-yard pass to Josh Silvernail. Wilson also tossed a one-yard touchdown pass to Zach Benko.
House scored on a one-yard run with 4:31 remaining in the first quarter to give Albion a 10-0 lead. He scored his final touchdown on a two-yard run in the final period.
The Britons ran off 17 unanswered points in the first half, before sophomore Jordan Quiroz capped a 63-yard Butler drive with a 24-yard field goal. The big play in the drive was a 42-yard pass from junior T. J. Brown to junior Nate Miller. Brown also had a 14-yard pass to Buchanan, before the drive stalled at the Albion 14-yard line.
The two teams played to a stalemate in the second half. Neither squad scored in the third quarter, and the two teams traded touchdowns in the final quarter. House scored his second touchdown with 12:45 remaining, and Butler answered on a six-yard run by junior Derek North with 0:15 left.
Brown completed nine of 16 passes for 135 yards in the contest, while senior quarterback Ryan Diggins hit on 10 of 16 tosses for 86 yards. Senior Brian Holthaus led the Bulldogs with six pass receptions for 18 yards, while Miller finished with three catches for 70 yards. Butler managed just 22 rushing yards in the game.
Sophomore Mike Bennett topped Butler's defensive effort with nine total tackles, including three tackles for loss.
The Bulldogs will play their home-opener against Hanover on Saturday, Sept. 9. Kickoff for that contest at the Butler Bowl is slated for 1 p.m.