Though picked to win the Northeast-10 Conference, American International couldn’t win its season opener Thursday night, falling to East Stroudsburg, 21-14, in Pennsylvania. AIC rushed for 209 yards and outgained the Warriors, 402-388.
The Yellow Jackets gave up a touchdown on East Stroudsburg’s opening drive but found traction later in the first quarter when Terrell Williams evened the score with an 8-yard run. AIC staged a long touchdown drive at the end of the first half, with Kevin Arduino finding Cal Brownridge on a 23-yard pass.
Two deep drives that AIC failed to finish ended up being costly. A Williams fumble in the red zone in the second quarter that AIC recovered led to a missed connection on fourth and 20. On the Yellow Jackets’ opening possession of the second half, Williams broke off a 61-yard run to the East Stroudsburg 3-yard line. But Williams couldn’t punch it in on three tries, and on fourth down from the 1 Arduino was sacked.
East Stroudsburg tied the game at 14 on Robert Healy’s 2-yard run on the first snap of the fourth quarter, and on the Warriors’ next possession, Healy scored from the 4.
Arduino was intercepted near midfield midway through the fourth, however East Stroudsburg couldn’t convert a 32-yard field goal attempt. Given another shot at the tying score, Arduino led AIC into Warrior territory but a 9-yard loss on third and 1 led to a game-sealing incompletion on the next play.
AIC opens conference play by hosting Merrimack next Friday night. The Yellow Jackets beat Merrimack, 49-34, last season in North Andover.
Alabama loses DL
Alabama coach Nick Saban said defensive lineman Dalvin Tomlinson will have knee surgery after being injured in Wednesday’s practice. Saban said he won’t comment on the nature of the injury or a timetable for the player’s return until the surgery is completed . . . At Greenville, N.C., Shane Carden threw two touchdown passes and East Carolina beat Florida Atlantic, 31-13, in the Pirates’ final Conference USA opener. Carden was 17 of 25 for 191 yards. The Pirates (2-0) are leaving Conference USA after the season for the American Athletic Conference, while the Owls (0-2) are in their first season in C-USA after bolting from the Sun Belt . . . Former Washington coach Don James underwent two surgeries at a Seattle hospital for gastro-intestinal issues. The school issued a statement on behalf of James’s family, saying James, 80, remains in the hospital and is resting comfortably . . . Three new members were selected for the Division 2 Football Hall of Fame. The electees are Dusty Bonner (Valdosta State quarterback), Keith McKeller (Jacksonville State tight end), and Frank Cignetti (Indiana University of Pennsylvania coach).