Knights blast Perry 52-0
after slow start

LeRoy - The 2001 varsity football season began under muggy, sticky conditions at Hartwood Park as the Knights hosted the upstart Yellowjackets of Perry. The visitors were coming off a 2000 campaign that saw them earn a strong 6-3 record, including a stunning regular season win over Section 5 Class C champ Cal-Mum. The promise of 2001 was delayed a week as Coach Brian Moran's rugged squad overwhelmed the Yellowjackets 52-0 after sputtering in the early going.

Perry started the contest on their own 23 yd line and executed a fine quick-pass offense to move the ball effectively against the run-stopping locals. Coach Bill Devitt's troops boldly went for first downs at midfield and it paid off as Perry chewed up time and yardage before stalling at the LeRoy 11. Seconds later, the Knights fumbled on their first offensive play of the year to give Perry an excellent drive start at the Knights' 10. LeRoy linebacker Jason Hodge thwarted the Perry scoring opportunity picking off a short pass at the 3. But, sure enough, the Knights mis-handled the ball and fumbled it back to the visitors at the LeRoy 5. D Coach Andy Paladino's defense once again rose to the occasion and stopped the Jackets on 4 plays giving the Knights a drive start at their own 5. The offense needed to settle down and execute. And it did.


Junior star QB Joe Shaughnessy ran the offense to perfection, mixing in effective runs with timely passing to drive the Knights 95 yards in 9 plays and 4 minutes to paydirt. Joe's 3 yd plunge at the :30 mark of the first quarter was followed by Brendan Fulmer's kick PAT to put the Knights up 7-0. The Knights played effective defense to get the ball back from Perry on a number of occasions only to be stopped by penalties and fumbles. Perry did their part to aid the Knights' cause by inexplicably going for first down on fourth down at midfield while only trailing by 7 points. Defensive back Brendan Fulmer timed a Perry pass perfectly, picking it off and running down to the Yellowjacket 13. QB Shaughnessy would finish off the remaining 13 yds on the very next play to give the Knights some breathing room with just under 5 1/2 minutes remaining in the first half. Two minutes later the Knights came up big on D once more as Shaughnessy stripped the Perry RB to allow defensive star Brendan Moran a chance to gallop 36 yds with the fumble recovery for a TD. The Fulmer PAT made it 21-0 Knights.

Perry's next drive start was at their own 10 after a deep Fulmer kickoff. The Yellowjackets looked to run off the remaining time in the first half by running up the middle. LeRoy coach Moran sensing one more opportunity to score in the half called for a timeout to stop the clock in hopes of getting the ball back. Perry again helped the LeRoy cause by attempting passes on second and third downs. Each failed and time was conserved for the Knights without the need for another timeout. The LeRoy offense made the visitors pay for this lapse in judgment by driving 50 yds for yet another score with just 30 seconds remaining in the half. The score was a 1 yd run by Shaughnessy, his third TD of the evening. At the half, the Knights led 28-0, despite fumbling 4 times.


The Knights were late out of the locker room for the start of the second half and were penalized for delay of game. Once on the field, they would delay no more. They received the Perry kickoff and drove 66 yds in less than 4 minutes to extend the lead to 34-0. Rick Laurie (#48 in pic above) capped the drive with a 2 yd plunge. Fullback Jason Hodge (#30 in pic above) was a workhorse on the drive, collecting some tough yardage between the tackles for the Knights. The line push and execution was looking much better for the Knights as Perry began to tire. Hodge added a TD run of his own after the Knights recovered a fumble at the Yellowjacket 20. Jason's 1 yd blast put the Knights up 41-0 with 5:34 to go in the third quarter. The Knights would add yet another score, this time a safety, as the Perry punter stepped on the back line of the end zone after retrieving a snap that sailed over his head. The LeRoy defense, led by Brendan Moran, Matt and Donny Miller, and the K-Dog Kenny Smith was definitely making life tough for the Perry offense. Both Smith and strongman Jake Syracuse registered sacks as Perry sputtered on offense.

The LeRoy second-teamers saw plenty of action in the final quarter as Scott Zavitz took over the QB duties. Running backs Jeremy Cosimeno and Bill Fox made the most of their minutes as they collected 94 yds between them on 17 carries. Brendan Fulmer was called on to kick a 37 yd FG in the fourth quarter and made it look easy. He is definitely one of the premier booters in all of Section 5. Fox added the final TD of the evening for the Knights on a strong 15 yd run to put the final tally at 52-0 Knights.

Rushing Leaders
Joe Cosimeno 8 carries for 68 yds
Rick Laurie 7-61 yds, TD
Joe Shaughnessy 8-61, 3 TDs
Bill Fox 6-59 yds, TD
Joe Shaughnessy - 5 of 10 for 47 yds
Brendan Fulmer - 3 catches for 38 yds

Fulmer 37 yd FG
Total Yardage
Brendan Moran - 8 tackles, FR for TD
Matt Miller - 7 tackles
D Miller, Syracuse, Hodge - 6 tackles ea.
Fulmer - 2 Ints, Hodge & Wickson 1 Int ea.
Rick Laurie - FR
LeRoy - 375 total yds.
49 rushes - 326 yds and 49 yds. passing

Perry - 126 total yds. (50 run, 76 pass)


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DB Joe Shaughnessy (#10) not only strips the ball from the Perry RB, he gets up
and makes TWO key blocks to spring hard-running DE Brendan Moran for the TD!

Bill Fox runs for a TD with his leaning Always-Go-Forward style

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SCORING SUMMARY - Perry @ LeRoy - Friday, September 7, 2001
1st Quarter      
Joe Shaughnessy - 3 yd run Fulmer kick
LR 7 Perry 0
2nd Quarter
Shaughnessy - 13 yd run Fulmer kick
LR 14 Perry 0
Brendan Moran - 36 yd FR Fulmer kick
LR 21 Perry 0
Shaughnessy - 1 yd run Fulmer kick
LR 28 Perry 0
3rd Quarter
Rick Laurie - 2 yd run Run failed
LR 34 Perry 0
Jason Hodge - 1 yd run Fulmer kick
LR 41 Perry 0
Safety - Punter stepped out
LR 43 Perry 0
4th Quarter
Brendan Fulmer - 37 yd FG
LR 46 Perry 0
Bill Fox - 15 yd run Run failed
LR 52 Perry 0