SECTION 5 CLASS C CHAMPIONSHIP 2012
Quarterfinals - Holley
Semifinals - Bath
Finals - Hornell
LeRoy moves to 3-0 with hard
fought win over Avon 35-28
Peter Privitera is the workhouse for Brian Moran's state ranked club
(#5 in Class C) , rushing for 180 yds on 39 carries. Marcus Mistersaro
comes up big with clutch runs on offense and timely defensive stops.
Dylan Johnson and Tommy Kelso each record 10 tackles, while speedy
John Pierce snags 2 INTs to thwart the stellar Avon passing game. Kylan
Carter, Zack Fitzsimmons, Brandon Van Grol, Trent Fenstermaker, Ryan
McQuillen, and Steve Cappotelli shine on defense to limit Braves to 34
net yards rushing on 29 attempts!
Game videography by EJ Henry - leroyfootball.com
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Game recap by Chris Metcalf - Livingston County News Sports
LE ROY - With the score tied at 21-21 at the break, the Le Roy Knights were looking for a second half spark in their big divisional football game against visiting Avon. Meet Marcus Mistersaro - Le Roy's six-foot, 190-pound senior TE/LB, who stepped up his game and sparked Le Roy to the 35-28 victory over Avon in LCAA D-II action last Friday night at Hartwood Park.
"Marcus is a great example of how the off-season in the weight room prepares you for the season," said Le Roy coach Brian Moran. "I thought his third quarter performance was outstanding - two TD's and a great run on the fake punt. He took the game over."
Yes he did.
His first touchdown came on a gutsy fourth and three call from the Avon six where sophomore quarterback Mike McMullen sold the play fake up the middle and found Mistersaro on a well-executed pass that had Mistersaro across the goal line for the touchdown and a 28-21 lead.
On Le Roy's next possession Mistersaro would pound through for a 34-yard TD run with 44 seconds left in the third period to put the Knights on top 35-21.
Avon would battle back and make things interesting after John Ambroselli's four yard TD reception from QB T.J. Crye cut the lead to 35-28. A successful onsides kick would give the Braves some hope but that's when Andy Paladino's Le Roy defense forced Avon's offense off the field in four straight plays giving Le Roy the big victory and keeping them unbeaten at 3-0 with Avon dropping to 2-1 on the season.
"I thought we played well as a team, and really well against the run," said coach Moran. "We held Crye in check, but he is a great quarterback and did make some great plays for his team tonight."
It looked early that Le Roy was going to blow Avon right out of the stadium. After Avon went three and out to open the game, Le Roy's offense pounded the ball right at the Braves, running their potent power-I right through the heart of their defense with junior running back Peter Privitera doing most of the damage.
Le Roy would cap off their first touchdown with 7:24 left in the first when senior Dylan Johnson plowed through from the one to make it a 7-0 game following Johnson's PAT kick.
Less than a minute later Avon would shoot themselves in the foot after they were forced to punt deep in their own territory. A bad snap to punter Connor O'Donoghue would find its way to the Avon one foot line and the Knights recovered with a golden opportunity.
One play later Privitera pounded through for the 1-yard TD run that made it 14-0 with 6:24 still left in the first.
The Braves came up with a huge third and long play when Crye, Avon's senior quarterback, threw a perfect strike to the corner of the end zone where senior Jeff Fasoldt hauled it in for the 24-yard TD reception, cutting the deficit to 14-7 following O'Donoghue's PAT kick with 10 seconds left in the first.
Roy would respond thanks to another gift by Avon when the Braves fumbled
at their own four setting the Knights up once again deep inside their
territory where Privitera ran it in for the TD put-ting the Knights
Instead the Braves showed why their No. 5 ranking in the state in Class D is no fluke as they scored a pair of touchdowns in the final four minutes to knot the game up at 21-21 at the half.
Avon's first score in that sequence came when Crye snuck in from a yard out to make it 21-14 with 3:35 left in the second. With 1:18 left in the half, Crye would come up with a huge momentum-swinging interception off an errant McMullen throw and returned it down the Braves' sideline for the 66-yard touchdown, knotting the game at 21-21.
"We had our chances but those first half miscues really came back to haunt us," said Avon coach Andy Englert. "We gave them field position inside our own territory eight times, twice inside our five. You can't make those types of mistakes against a good football team. We will regroup and move forward."
For the game, Privitera would earn the 'Ironman' award as he would get the call 39 times rushing for 180 yards and two TD's. As a team, Le Roy rushed for 241 yards on 57 carries. McMullen was 3-of-9 passing for 27 yards and one TD. He was picked off twice.
Defensively, Johnson and Tom Kelso each had 10 tackles while Kylan Carter had seven tackles and one sack. Jon Pierce had two INT's and one fumble recovery to pace the Knights' defense while Mistersaro and Brandon VanGrol each recovered a fumble.
Although Le Roy's No. 5 ranking in the state in Class C might be a little generous, the Knights are just happy they are still unbeaten on the season, while ending their two-game losing streak to Avon.
"Our seniors lead by example," said coach Moran. "That is why our intensity and focus on the game of football is where it should be at game time."
Le Roy will put that unbeaten record on the line as they host a dangerous Bath (2-1) squad Friday night at Hartwood.
"They are big and strong and they are always well coached," said coach Moran, of the Rams. "We are going to have to play well against the run and make sure we focus on no turnovers or penalties. As a young team, we need to get refocused after a big game."
Avon's running game was held in check as they ran 29 times for 34 yards with Crye doing the most damage with 50 yards on 19 touches. Crye was also 13-of-29 passing for 178 yards and two TD's. He was also picked off twice.
Brandon McCaffery had 3 catches for 95 yards while Josh Deragon had 3 catches for 29 yards. Fasoldt had two receptions for 27 yards while Ambroselli caught five balls for 27 yards. Danny Welch, Avon's junior linebacker, led all players with 11 tackles while Deragon and Ambroselli had 9 and 8 stops respectively.
While the victory was certainly appreciated, coach Moran felt it was this type of Friday night game that builds character, on and off the field.
"Both teams left everything they had on the field," said Moran. "Our kids work hard to prepare themselves for these athletic contests - sometimes you win and sometimes you lose. Athletics are a big part of the educational process of our student-athletes in our school systems because of the valuable lessons they learn on the field. With these lessons our student-athletes will become valuable members of our local communities. These lessons will develop great individuals for a life time."
Stats courtesy of the accounting firm,
B. Mase Associates LLC
Friday, September 14, 2012 (07:30 PM)