Sports Shorts

Sept. 18-24, 2003
Sports Shorts
By Luke Eggleston/ SUN staff writer
Bishop Ludden Football Bounces Back

For a half, it must have appeared that the Bishop Ludden football team was bound to repeat the offensive performance of a week before when the Gaelic Knights lost 6-0 to South Jefferson. This time, however, the Knights (1-1) stormed out of the halftime intermission with a mission to move the ball and they emerged with a 15-14 win over Skaneateles (1-1). Following the victory, Ludden’s players were “pumped,” coach John Cosgrove said. “It gives them a sense that they can play in the league.” Last season, Bishop Ludden was moved up into Class B due to an increase in enrollment, making it the smallest school in the league. Coach John Cosgrove said that tailback Keith Mitchell, who had been nursing an injury, “came out of his shell,” as he rushed for 167 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries.

Skaneateles scored first on a 12-yard touchdown run by Dan Murphy and then again on a one-yard run by Dan Hunt. Kyle Doctor kicked the extra point on both touchdowns to give the Lakers a 14-0 lead. At halftime, the coaching staff made an adjustment to their formation that proved to be the difference maker when they overloaded which ever side of the line the run was coming from with multiple blockers including the tight end, the wingback, and the fullback. “We noticed that we’d had some success with it in the first half so we went to it exclusively in the second half,” Cosgrove said. Mitchell then ran for two touchdowns and Jim Tooley, who had been one of the Knights’ bright spots in the game against South Jefferson, delivered a two-point conversion pass to Mike Fallon, which won the game.

In addition to Mitchell’s strong running, Cosgrove said that he was particularly pleased with the blocking of Jarrett Woodfork, who was moved to the wing, as he consistently pinned inside the Lakers’ linebackers especially on sweep plays. Bishop Ludden’s next game is Friday when it plays arch-rival Westhill on the Warriors’ home field.

Bishop Ludden Soccer Still Strong

Coming into the season, Bishop Ludden boys soccer coach Oscar Vergara had to replace 10 departed seniors, nine of whom were starters and five of whom were all-league players. With 10 new players from the ranks of the junior varsities, the Gaelic Knights have had some success, taking victories over traditionally strong teams such as Chittenango, Bishop Kearney (Rochester), and Tully. Nevertheless, Vergara remains uncertain of his team’s potential. “They can determine where they want to go,” he said. “So far, they have shown me two faces.” In the first win of the season, a 3-1 triumph over Chittenango, the coach had been impressed by his young team’s “poise and character.” Against Jamesville-Dewitt, however, he said those traits were precisely what the Gaelic Knights lacked as they fell 2-0 to the Red Rams. Despite facing what Vergara considers a much-improved Mexico team, Bishop Ludden prevailed 5-0. In the Gaelic Knights’ tournament, they opened by defeating Bishop Kearney, an elite team that competes at the state level, 2-0. In the tournament championship, Bishop Ludden faced Tully, which Vergara said “looked almost like a college team,” due to its players’ size and speed. The game was a rollicking affair with numerous shifts in momentum and scoring. With the game tied 3-3, Ed Nicholson finally headed the ball in off of a restart to give Bishop Ludden the 4-3 win.

CBA Football Still Rolling Class AA Play

Christian Brothers Academy took its second Class AA win against one of Section III’s top teams, Baldwinsville, Friday night at Alibrandi Stadium, winning 41-33. Junior quarterback Greg Paulus, who recently announced that he will attend Duke University to play basketball, passed for five touchdowns and Jim Chapman had a nine-yard touchdown run for the Brothers. CBA’s next Class AA challenge will come Friday when the Brothers host West Genessee at Alibrandi Stadium.

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