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SECTION 5 CLASS C CHAMPIONSHIP 2004
Quarterfinals - Wellsville
Semifinals - Canisteo-Greenwood
Finals - Marcus Whitman

NEW YORK STATE CLASS C CHAMPIONSHIP 2004

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Knights topple Braves 20-0 to start season at 2-0
Andrew Fox gains 210 yards rushing ; Justin Casper runs well in first varsity start

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Avon - Week 2 of the 2004 season saw the Knights travel down the road to take on Andy Englert's tough Avon Braves. The Braves gave the Knights all they could handle in last year's contest as the Knights prevailed 9-7 due to a late game run by LeRoy RB Andrew Fox. Fox would once again be a nemesis for Avon as he rambled for 210 yards on 16 carries, scoring one of his 2 TDs from 80 yards out as he bulled his way through and around a host of green clad tacklers. The Knights won the statistical battle by a large margin (427 yards to 68), but the game was anything but a blowout. This year's Avon squad, decimated by the graduation losses of 22 seniors in '03, displayed a very tough and quick defense and an offense that was wide open with options available to junior QB Adam Barrett. Fox lead the defense in tackles with 8 and a forced fumble. Other defensive standouts who pitched in for the shutout win were Mike Pacer (6 tackles), Phil Niccloy, Colin Dailey, and John Zinni (INT). Sophomore Kevin Brady's 4 tackles and fumble recovery were noticed by coach Brian Moran who indicated that the youngster is 'worth his weight in gold' as he is playing well beyond his experience level. The Knights played without Week 1 stalwart Mike Farabella who had to sit the game out with a hand injury. Junior RB Justin Casper was called to make his first varsity start and Justin played with the same tenacity he displays in practice as he earned 88 yards on 22 carries.

The Knights received the opening kickoff and Casper returned it nicely to the Avon 32. The Braves were fired up and quick to the ball, forcing a 4th down-and-one after 3 LeRoy rushes. The interior of the Braves defense rose to the occasion and turned back Fox on 4th down to take over possession at the 41. A score by the Braves was less than half a field away and would do wonders for the hosts. The LeRoy defense however turned out to be just as stingy as Kevin Brady, Matt Forti, and Fox led the charges. Boo Hinett made a stellar breakup of a 3rd down pass attempt and the Braves chose to pin the Knights with a punt. John Zinni did a masterful job of faking reception of the kick which allowed the ball to hop into the end zone as the Braves focused on LeRoy's #17 (Zinni).

With the ball placed at the Avon 20, the Knights wasted no time in getting on the board. Fox took the handoff and exploded 80 yards to the Avon end zone as he was freed nicely by blocks from Tim Andrews and Phil Niccloy. With 8:20 showing on the clock the Knights had their first score and a 7-0 lead after kicker Shaun Swanson added the extra point.

The Braves returned the ensuing kickoff to their 39 before the Knights' Marshall Silvernail made the run ending tackle. The offensive series would net -4 yards as Phil Niccloy (run stuff) and sophomores Mark Bennetti (pass breakup) and Kevin Brady (backfield tackle) saw to it that the Braves were to go nowhere on their set of downs with the ball. The Braves punted once more and the ball came to rest at the Knights' 30.

The Braves held tight on defense and forced a 3rd-and-6 at the LeRoy 34. Andrew Fox took the 3rd down handoff and rambled all the way to the Avon end zone or so it seemed. The ball was placed at the Avon 5 after the 61-yard dash as indeed an Avon defender had pushed Fox out-of-bounds at the 5. The Knights were thwarted from adding another score after the big Fox run due to a pitch miscue, penalty, and some heady Braves defense. A FG attempt from 30 yards out sailed wide and Avon took over at their 20.

The Braves were turned back once again, losing 3 yards back to the 17, as Dailey, Brady, and Niccloy came up big on defense. John Zinni fielded the Avon punt and the Knights were in excellent shape with a drive start at the Braves' 45. The Knights were stuffed on the ground on 3 plays and were forced to punt from the Avon 40 on 4th down. Fox laid a big hit on the returner and the ball came loose. Super soph Brady was there to pounce on the fumbled pigskin giving the Knights possession at the Avon 30 as the first quarter came to an end.

The Knights drove hard through the Braves and took 6 minutes off the clock before adding their 2nd score of the contest. The blocking upfront by the O-Line was terrific as the LeRoy backs fought hard and straight for their yards. Fox's 1-yard plunge at the 6:04 mark made it 14-0 after the Swanson PAT kick. The score remained 14-zip at the half after the teams traded possessions that featured first downs as well as turnovers.

The Braves gained just 36 net yards of offense in the first half, yet they were still very much in the contest. An excellent return of the 2nd half kickoff gave the locals a drive start in LeRoy territory at the 48. Avon QB Barrett did a fine job in leading the Braves down the field. The Braves were stopped on a 3rd-and-2 from the LeRoy 9 when Matt Forti shed his blocker and teamed up with tough linemate Phil Niccloy to drop the Braves back to the 11. A quick pass over the middle on 4th down was snagged nicely by the Avon receiver only to be jarred by a hard hit from the Knights' Andrew Fox. LeRoy took over at the 11 after the pass was ruled incomplete.

The Knights literally ran out the 3rd quarter with the fresh legs of junior RB Justin Casper. 13 plays were run by the Knights to eat up the remainder of the 3rd quarter and Jut carried the rock on 10 of those plays. 6-yard gain, 5-yard gain, 10 yards, 8 more yards, 7 yards, the push by the line and the leg drive of Casper were sights to behold as you could literally see the youngster grow tougher with each pop laid on him by the Avon defense. Sophomore LR QB Mark Bennetti was also stellar in just his 2nd varsity start. The grass was high and slick from condensation, but Mark never once mishandled the snap exchange from freshman center John Whiting. Bennetti came up big on a 4th-and-6 at the Avon 22 as he dropped a perfect strike into WR Boo Hinett's mitts for a first down at the Avon 7. Three plays later Mark scored from a yard out to make it 20-0 with 10:20 remaining in the contest.

The teams exchanged possessions throughout the remainder of the game. The Knights received more tough running from Casper, but several others got into the act as well. Dan Horning, Zac Condidorio, and Marshall Silvernail all stepped up in the offensive backfield down the stretch. Silvernail had a spectacular 25-yard run for a TD negated in the closing moments by a holding call. The ball was placed back at the 17, ten yards from the spot of the foul, and Silvernail once again dashed toward the end zone only to be brought down at the 2-yard line as time expired. The final read LeRoy 20, Avon 0.

The Red Raiders of Caledonia-Mumford are the Knights' opponent in the 2004 Hartwood Park home opener this coming Friday. The Raiders (2-0) bring a 15-game winning streak into the battle with the Knights. Be sure to get to the game early for a good seat as a typical overflow crowd is anticipated for this yearly Section 5 gem.

 

Rushing
Passing/Receiving
Defense
Andrew Fox 16-210 yds, 2 TDs
Justin Casper 22-88
Marshall Silvernail 3-36
Mark Bennetti 6-22, TD
Zac Condidorio 5-20
Tim Andrews 6-19


Mark Bennetti 3 of 5 for 26 yds
All receptions by Boo Hinett




Andrew Fox - 8 tackles, FF
Mike Pacer - 6
Kevin Brady - 4, FR
Phil Niccloy - 4
Colin Dailey - 3
John Zinni - INT

 
Total Yardage
 
LeRoy - 427 yards (401 rush/26 pass)
Avon - 68 yards (50 rush/18 pass)
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RB Andrew Fox runs around and over Avon defenders on this 80 yd TD run

Sophomore Kevin Brady slips through the line to drop the Avon RB

Linemen John Whiting and Tim Dieffenbacher throw textbook blocks for RB Fox

DE Matt Forti sheds a block to put a quick end to an Avon run

Avon QB Adam Barrett makes the mistake of leaving the pocket and meets a Fox

DB John Zinni puts an end to an Avon drive with this interception

Avon RB Paul Banach is greeted by 4 LeRoy defenders

FB Dan Horning and RB Justin Casper make matters tough for this Avon tackler

Senior Marshall Silvernail is both a special teams stud and an excellent runner


 

SCORING SUMMARY - Avon vs. LeRoy - Friday, September 10, 2004
1st Quarter
       
LeRoy
Andrew Fox - 80 yd run Swanson kick
LR 7  Avon 0
       
2nd Quarter
       
LeRoy
Andrew Fox - 1 yd run Swanson kick LR 14  Avon 0
       
3rd Quarter
       
  No scoring    
       
4th Quarter
       
LeRoy
Mark Bennetti - 1 yd run Kick failed LR 20  Avon 0
       


LeRoy Varsity Football Cheerleaders 2004


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