By Mike Wertman
Medina Journal-Register — NEWFANE - Ending a season long four game losing streak, Albion bested Newfane 20-12 Saturday in a B East Division contest.
Freshman quarterback Kyle Smith, who was seeing his first varsity action, connected for a pair of long touchdown pass plays of 58 yards to Trey Hart and 93 yards to Jack Narbugh and Ed Narburgh ran 14 yards for another score to spearhead the Albion attack.
An interception by Jack Narburgh, a fumble recovery by Jon Trembly and Austin Klen and sacks by Jack Narburgh and Ed Wolfe highlighted the defensive effort for the Purple Eagles.
Quarterback Jake Bow scored both touchdowns for Newfane which slips to 0-5.
“Our kids responded,” Albion head coach Tony Osburn said. “We’re in a tough division and Newfane has a good football team but we made enough good plays on offense and on defend to get the win.”
Albion, after having one touchdown wiped out by a penalty in the first quarter, grabbed an 8-0 lead three minutes into the second quarter on the 14 yard scoring run by Ed Narburgh and a two-point conversion pass from quarterback Jon Warne to Hart.
However, Newfane answered right back a minute later as Bows broke away for a 52 yard touchdown run cutting the Panthers deficit to 8-6 as the two-point conversion failed.
Newfane threatened again late in the half as runs of 30 yards by Bows and of 13 and 17 by Connor Sears moved the ball to the Albion 7. The Purple Eagles defense though came up with a big stop as Trembly and Klein teamed up for a fumble recovery.
Albion extended its lead to 14-6 late in the third quarter as Smith lofted a perfect pass to Hart who caught the ball in full stride and raced into the end-zone to complete the 58 yard scoring play.
Sacks by Jack Narburgh and Wolfe helped stop Newfane’s next possession and on the first play following the ensuing punt Smith and Jack Narburgh hooked up for the 93 yard scoring play. Narburgh took the ball away from a Newfane defender and raced the remaining 60 yards to up the Albion lead to 20-6 with 7:52 remaining.
Newfane though did come battling back as pass completions of 25 yards from Bows to Josh Kneeland and of 19 yards from Kneeland to Bows set up one yard touchdown run by Bows which cut the deficit to 20-12 with 3:36 to go.
The Panthers almost got the ball back on the ensuing on-side kick but officials ruled the ball had not gone the required 10 yards and Albion took over. The Purple Eagles offense then used up all but 41 seconds of the remaining time before having to punt.
The Purple Eagles defense then closed out the in on an interception by Jack Narburgh.
Albion next hosts Barker/Roy-Hart at 7 p.m. Friday for Homecoming. Newfane will host rival Wilson at 2 p.m. Saturday also for Homecoming.