Daily Press (Sunday)

Shorthande­d Tribe’s playoff hopes all but disappear with loss


ALBANY, N.Y. — William & Mary’s FCS playoff hopes might have taken a fatal blow Saturday as the No. 24 Tribe lost 24-8 to No. 23 Albany.

Griffin Woodell rushed for 100 yards, Aamir Hall returned an intercepti­on for a touchdown and the Great Danes (7-3, 5-1 Coastal Athletic Associatio­n) were in control almost all the way against the Tribe (5-4, 3-3).

The game summed up the Tribe’s recent woes, which have included four losses in its past five games. It came after a 4-0 start and an 11-victory season in 2022.

W&M already was missing standout running back Bronson Yoder because of injury. Malachi Imoh, who carried much of the load in his absence, went out injured in Saturday’s second quarter, leaving much of the rushing responsibi­lity to Martin Lucas.

Albany preserved its shutout by stopping Lucas on fourth-andgoal from inside the 1-yard line. He finished with 16 yards on 10 rushes, and Imoh had 23 yards on six carries.

Tribe quarterbac­k Darius Wilson was 14 of 21 for 171 yards, but threw two intercepti­ons, including a costly pick-six by Hall that gave the Great Danes a 17-0 lead. He had minus-2 yards on 14 carries, including sacks.

The Great Danes started with a 74-yard, three-play touchdown drive. After an incompleti­on on first down, Reese Poffenbarg­er had consecutiv­e completion­s of 37 yards, the second of which was a touchdown to Brevin Easton.

Hall’s 45-yard intercepti­on return made it 17-0 late in the second quarter, and Albany extended its lead to 24-0 on Woodell’s 15-yard run in the fourth.

The Tribe scored on Wilson’s 20-yard run and two-point conversion late in the fourth quarter.

Poffenbarg­er was 12-of-22 passing for 205 yards, and Easton caught four passes for 90 yards. Albany outgained William & Mary 348-216 in total yards.

W&M’s Hollis Mathis posted a career-high five catches for 78 yards, while freshman Leonte Oulahi made two receptions for 48 yards.

Defensivel­y, Kevin Jarrell totaled a team-high nine tackles, and Malcolm Spencer also came up big with an intercepti­on in the end zone.

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