Knights capture Section 5 Class C
title with 49-6 win over Avon

Coach Brian Moran registers 100th career win at LeRoy

Rochester - The LeRoy Oatkan Knights defeated an upstart Avon Braves squad Saturday (11-10) at Fauver Stadium to capture the school's 9th sectional football crown. The 49-6 win over Avon gave coach Brian Moran his 100th career win at LeRoy (against just 32 losses and 2 ties) and his 8th sectional championship. Coach Moran is an amazing 8-1 when making it to the sectional title game.

Avon concluded a very successful 2001 campaign as the Class C runner-ups after downing defending champion Cal-Mum in the semifinals. Coach Andy Englert turned a club that was 1-8 in 2000 to a bona fide contender that won 7 out of 10 contests this season. A quick tough team, a dynamite running back, and a very supportive community all led to an amazing turnaround for the Braves this season. A very good JV squad at Avon this year looks to fill the slots that will be voided by departing seniors so look for the Braves to be outstanding in 2002 as well.

The Knights jumped on the Braves early and often in the championship tilt. Bruising RB Rick Laurie (Game Offensive Back MVP) notched the Knights' first score in the first quarter to set the tone on a 3-yard blast. QB Joe Shaughnessy (Overall Game MVP) hit WR Brendan Fulmer (Game Offensive Line MVP) with a 57-yard strike in the quarter to give the Knights a 14-0 after one. A heads-up bit of play was registered by a hustling Joe Cosimeno who picked up a Laurie fumble and galloped 20 yards for a TD in the second quarter. Game Defensive Line MVP Brendan Moran joined in the scoring just before halftime with an offensive tally of his own, an 11-yard TD run. At the half the Knights enjoyed a 28-6 lead as Avon managed a 2-yard TD run by QB Jeremy Dean.

A pair of 1-yard runs by Shaughnessy and Matt Miller pushed the tally to 41-6 after three quarters. The reserves played well in the fourth as RB Joe Caccamise dashed in from 5 yards for a score. The 2-point PAT was added by sophomore RB Jake Whiting who bulled in from 3 yards out to make for the final of 49-6.

Coach Andrew Paladino's defense was able to shackle Avon RB and Section 5 Class C Offensive Player of the Year Germaine Dixon to just 69 yards on 13 carries. Junior RB Ryan Farley showed some quick moves in earning 41 yards on 9 carries for the Braves. In all, the Braves collected 158 total yards against the stubborn LeRoy defense, a defense that has allowed just 35 points all season long. Leading tacklers for the Knights were Brendan Moran (10), Kenny Smith (9), Rick Laurie (8), and Joe Shaughnessy (7). Jake Syracuse and Matt Miller were also driving forces in the defense that controlled the Avon offense well. Jeremy Cosimeno snagged a fumble recovery to end an Avon drive that was deep in LeRoy territory in the second quarter. DB Reid Whiting perfectly sniffed out an Avon pass in the fourth quarter to score an interception of a pass intended for Dixon.

The explosive LeRoy offense was led by MVP Shaughnessy who registered a double-triple: 109 yards rushing on 11 carries while passing for 153 yards on 6-of-7 passing (5 of those passes were to Fulmer for 145 yards). Joe Cosimeno (11-62 yds, TD) and Rick Laurie (12-60) proved a viable tandem running the ball. In all, the Knights rushed 44 times for 270 yards and 6 TDs. Total offense amounted to 423 yards for the Knights.


A thrill for myself and everyone in the locker room before the contest was to hear Coach Bob "Sully" Sullivan lead the team with the "I'm a Knight" chant. You want to talk about emotion. Tears and adrenaline were running rampant as Sully, a longtime football coaching legend on the JV level at LHS, pumped up the squad. Myself, I could not speak for several minutes after witnessing the ritual. It was amazing. Last week, Coach Santini. This week, Sully. You gotta love being able to witness this part of the LeRoy football program.

Special congratulations to the fans of Avon High. I do not think I have ever heard such continuous and high decibel cheering from a school that was well behind for most of the contest. The Avon fans were as supportive of the Braves when the score was 49-6 as when the score was 0-0. They truly enjoyed their day in the sun at Fauver and wanted their team to know how much they were behind them. LeRoy fans are great too, but we expect to see the Knights at Fauver year in, year out. Avon seized the moment and supported their squad from whistle to whistle. It seemed that no one left early, as in commonplace for all schools, LeRoy included, in one-sided contests. I imagine they will have just as much to cheer about in 2002. Good luck to coach Englert and the Braves.


Joe Shaughnessy 11-109, TD
Joe Cosimeno 11-62, TD
Rick Laurie 12-66, TD
Joe Caccamise 2-14, TD
Brendan Moran 1-11, TD
Matt Miller 4-9, TD

Joe Shaughnessy 6 of 7
for 153 yds and a TD (Fulmer 57)

Brendan Fulmer
5 receptions for 145 yds, TD

Brendan Moran
1 reception for 8 yards

Moran - 10 tackles
Ken Smith - 9
Laurie - 8
Shaughnessy - 7
Jake Syracuse - 5, sack
Matt Miller - 5

Jeremy Cosimeno - FR

Reid Whiting - INT

Total Yardage
LeRoy - 423 yards (270 rush/153 pass)
Avon - 158 yards (120 rush/38 pass)

A very memorable year for the Moran family scrapbook. Brendan (left), the 2001 Section 5
Class C Defensive Player of the Year, was named Game MVP - Defensive Line in the 49-6
Sectional title win over Avon. Coach Moran (right) picked up his 100th career victory at
LHS with the championship win, his 8th title, the school's 9th overall. Coach was also
named one of Ontario Honda Section 5 Coaches of the Year in Section 5 Class C.


Coach Bob Sullivan ( "Sully") was on hand to rev up the LeRoy squad in the title win over Avon.

Congratulations to Coach Andy Englert for leading his Avon Braves (7-3) into the championship game
after finishing the 2000 season at 1-8. Kudos to the Avon fans for the fantastic support of their team.

Most Valuable Player
Joe Shaughnessy (LeRoy)
Outstanding Offensive Lineman
Brendan Fulmer (LeRoy)
Outstanding Defensive Lineman
Brendan Moran (LeRoy)
Outstanding Offensive Back
Rick Laurie (LeRoy)
Outstanding Defensive Back
Germaine Dixon (Avon)


2001 SECTION 5

#1 LeRoy (7-0)
LeRoy 62-0
#8 Mynderse (3-4)
LeRoy 26-8
#5 Lyons (5-2)
Lyons 25-12
#4 Wellsville (5-2)
2001 Section 5
Defending Champs - Cal-Mum Raiders
LEROY 49-6
Class C Champ
#3 Cal-Mum (5-2)
Cal-Mum 26-0
#6 Pembroke (4-3)
Avon 34-28
#7 Cuba-Rush. (4-3)
Avon 39-12
#2 Avon (5-2)
C Quarterfinals
C Semis - S.J.Fisher
Class C Finals at Fauver Stadium
FRIDAY, 10/26
7:30 PM
SUNDAY, 11/4
1 & 4 PM



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RB Rick Laurie notches the Knights' first score on a 3-yard run

A familiar sight: 57-yard TD toss from QB Shaughnessy to WR Fulmer

Heads up play by RB Joe Cosimeno makes the score 21-0 LeRoy

Jeremy Cosimeno falls on loose ball to snuff an Avon drive

Defensive star Brendan Moran adds some offensive punch for LeRoy

RB Rick Laurie lowers the boom and punishes the Avon defense

Jake Syracuse fights off a block to stop Avon RB Germaine Dixon

DB Reid Whiting snags an interception with perfect pass defense

Jr. RB Joe Caccamise makes the most of his playing time at Fauver

Coach Moran thanks his squad after earning career victory #100

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SCORING SUMMARY - Avon vs. LeRoy - Saturday, November 10, 2001
1st Quarter      
Rick Laurie - 3 yd run
Fulmer kick
LR 7 Avon 0
Joe Shaughnessy to Brendan Fulmer
57 yd pass
Fulmer kick
LR 14 Avon 0
2nd Quarter
Joe Cosimeno - 20 yd FR run Fulmer kick
LR 21 Avon 0
Brendan Moran - 11 yd run
Fulmer kick
LR 28 Avon 0
Jeremy Dean - 3 yd run Run failed
LR 28 Avon 6
3rd Quarter
Shaughnessy - 1 yd run Fulmer kick
LR 35 Avon 6
Matt Miller - 1 yd run Pass failed
LR 41 Avon 6
4th Quarter
Joe Caccamise - 5 yd run J. Whiting run
LR 49 Avon 6