No. 1 LeRoy runs all over Avon
Jake Syracuse leads the LeRoy defense, limiting Braves to 78 yards of total offense
Rochester D&C Sports

Pittsford - The LeRoy football team earned its 500th win on Saturday and the performance probably resembled victory No. 1 in 1897. Once again a group of LeRoy ball-carriers gave a defense the run-around, as the Knights rushed for 329 yards during a 49-0 romp over Avon in the Section V Class C football semifinal. Five Oatkan Knights ran for touchdowns at St. John Fisher College, including QB Joe Shaughnessy. The senior also showed that this LeRoy team can throw the ball too, with 2 TD passes.

"Score on them early? Well, I don't know, that's a tough question," Avon coach Andy Englert said when asked how does a team beat the defending sectional champions. "They'll probably move on to bigger places."

LeRoy's eighth finals appearance in nine years was assured by halftime, as they scored on their first four possessions. "We hoped that if we put points on the board it would make them shrivel up a little bit," Shaughnessy said. "Anytime you can get a lead like that (35-0 at halftime) it's good for your team."
"We played very well in the first half. We were diverse today and we hope that it works out the same way against the next team."

LeRoy (9-0), seeded No. 1 and ranked third in the state, has won 8 sectional championships since 1989. To earn another, the Oatkan Knights must beat rival Caledonia-Mumford (8-1) at noon, Nov. 10, at Fauver Stadium. No. 2 Cal-Mum can give a first-hand account of LeRoy's execution on both offense and defense. The Oatkan Knights beat the Red Raiders 21-0 the second week of the season. That was the second of 5 shutouts so far by LeRoy's defense. No. 5 Avon scratched out just 78 yards of offense, and was stopped on 4th and goal at the LeRoy 3 while down 21 points in the second quarter.

"The longer that they (Avon) are in the game, the stronger they are," LeRoy lineman Jake Syracuse said. "They are not a bad football team. We had to make sure that we kept them out of the game for as long as we could."

Senior RB Joe Cosimeno did his part. He ran 2 yards for a score and hauled in a 13-yard TD reception in the second quarter. Andrew Fox, a sophomore RB and linebacker, chipped in too. For starters, Fox broke the grip of tacklers and slipped by another during a 28-yard TD run for the Knights' first score. "We called the same play two or three plays earlier," Fox said. "I noticed before that the outside was open. Everyone just bunched up in the middle."

Avon's first possession ended after Fox intercepted a swing pass. That set up a sneak play by quarterback Shaughnessy. Shaughnessy helped push LeRoy's lead to 21-0 when he rolled to his left and lofted a 23-yard TD pass to WR Sam DeFazio. "That's what makes a good team," Cosimeno said. "We can run or pass. We can do anything."


Joe Caccamise 13-85 yds
Joe Shaughnessy 9-69, TD
Andrew Fox 6-44, TD
Jeremy Cosimeno 8-38
Joe Cosimeno 5-25, TD
Jake Whiting 4-18
Jimmy Macaluso 4-18
Kenny Smith 2-14, TD
Brandon Klinkbeil 3-13, TD
Josh Makovitch 2-4

Joe Shaughnessy 4 of 7
for 83 yds - 2 TDs, 1 INT

Sam DeFazio 2-32, TD
Jake Whiting 1-38
Joe Cosimeno 1-13, TD

Jake Syracuse - 10 (5 solo)
sack & INT

Tim Dieffenbacher - 10
Jeremy Cosimeno - 7, sack
Ian Christiansen - 6, FF, FR
Donny Miller - 5
Kenny Smith - 4
Jason Hodge - 3, INT

Joe Cosimeno - INT

Total Yardage
LeRoy - 412 yards (329 rush/83 pass)
Avon - 78 yards (40 rush/38 pass)


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RB Joe Cosimeno makes a huge return of the opening kickoff

RB Andrew Fox slips past the Avon defenders for the game's first score

Fox intercepts an Avon pass to set up another LeRoy scoring opportunity

The photographer in the end zone gets hit with a Brendan Fulmer kickoff

LB Jason Hodge introduces himself to star Avon RB Ryan Farley

RB Joe Caccamise shows his speed to the Avon defense

WR Sam DeFazio brings in a TD toss from QB Joe Shaughnessy

LB Tim Dieffenbacher lays a good pop on Avon's Farley

TE Jake Whiting hauls in a Shaughnessy pass and gains 38 yards

RB Joe Cosimeno throws himself over the goal line for a LeRoy TD

LB Joe Caccamise comes up on the Avon screen and makes a big stick

DE Jake Syracuse notches a sack during his monster day on defense

LB Jason Hodge intercepts an Avon pass and runs with power

RB Josh Makovitch, off the injured list, picks up a LeRoy first down!

SCORING SUMMARY - Avon @ LeRoy II - Saturday, November 2, 2002
1st Quarter      
Andrew Fox - 28 yd run Fulmer kick
LR 7 Avon 0
Joe Shaughnessy - 1 yd run Fulmer kick
LR 14 Avon 0
Sam DeFazio - 23 yd pass from
Fulmer kick
LR 21 Avon 0
2nd Quarter
Joe Cosimeno - 2 yd run Fulmer kick
LR 28 Avon 0
Joe Cosimeno - 13 yd pass from
Fulmer kick
LR 35 Avon 0
3rd Quarter
No scoring
4th Quarter      
Kenny Smith - 4 yd run Smith run
LR 43 Avon 0
Brandon Klinkbeil - 3 yd run Run failed
LR 49 Avon 0