Chris Albero '23 Leads Auks to Football Championship; Team Places Second in the State
The Archmere football team scored 14 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to rally for a 31-22 victory on its home field on Saturday, December 12th against Woodbridge in the DIAA Division II semifinals, earning them a trip to the State Championship game. Top-seeded Archmere (8-0) played second seed Howard (7-0) for the Division II state title on Saturday, December 19th at 4:30pm at Dover High School, taking second place to the Wildcats in the State Championship. Throughout the season, Archmere was led by quarterback Chris Albero '23, who did a little bit of everything. This was the first appearance for the Auks in the State Championship game since 2010.
Brad Myers of The News Journal covered the semifinal game and wrote of Chris, "Albero rushed 19 times for 58 yards against Woodbridge. He completed 6 of 12 passes for 96 yards and a touchdown. He ran for a critical two-point conversion. He knocked down a pass on defense. He handled the kickoff duties and kicked two extra points. And he booted three field goals – two of them coming in huge moments at the end of each half."
The semifinal game was an exciting back and forth battle until the end. Woodbridge was leading 22-20 in the fourth quarter when Scott Lucarelli '22 tipped a Woodbridge punt attempt. It caused the ball to settle around the Woodbridge 40-yard line, where Brian Hartman '23 brought it back to the two. Declan Pearson '22 rushed in on the very next play with 7:52 left to give the Auks a lead they would not relinquish. Chris Albero's 29-yard kick was the clincher, pushing Archmere’s lead to 31-22 with 40.9 seconds remaining.
The Auks came up short in the DIAA Division II Football State Championship game against Howard, taking home the runner up trophy. Once again they were on the scoreboard by a drive that included a long run by Chris Albero and a one-handed catch from Declan Pearson '22 that resulted in a first and goal from the Wildcats’ 7. On third down from the 5, Chris rolled to his left and found Michael Mallamaci '21 in the end zone.