August 28, 2004
Albany--The Albany State Golden Rams broke in their brand new stadium with a victory Saturday night in their 2004 season opener against the Miles College Golden Bears. The Rams defeated the Bears in come from behind fashion 17-13 in front of a packed house at Albany Municipal Coliseum.
Senior running back Dontreal Williams accounted for both of the Rams touchdowns, including the first ever in the team's new stadium, a 14 yard scamper in the first quarter. After an Adrian Arango field goal, the Golden Bears responded by scoring 13 unanswered points in the second quarter.
Miles College quarterback Nicholas Smith threw a 70 yard score to Vernon Dozier on the first play of the second quarter to make it a 10-7 game. Smith, who sat out the entire first quarter for disciplinary reasons, then connected with Frank Adair on a 10 yard strike just before the half to give the Golden Bears a 13-10 halftime lead.
Albany State regained their composure in the second half as Williams scored his second touchdown of the game on a five yard run. Then with the Golden Bears threatening in the fourth quarter Jermaine Collins intercepted a Smith pass in the end zone to seal the victory for ASU.
The win is the first season opening victory for the Rams since 1997. Albany State (1-0) will host Valdosta State next Saturday night at 7 o'clock at home.
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