SECTION 5 CLASS C CHAMPIONSHIP 2014
NY WESTERN REGIONAL 2014
Quarterfinals
Wayland-Cohocton
Semifinals
Dansville
Finals
Bath


LR
Knights defeat Bishop Kearney 29-20
in battle of state-ranked unbeatens
at Homecoming 2014


Ryan McQuillen scores 3 TDs (2 on passes from QB Mike McMullen, the other
on a spectacular reverse run); Tom Kelso and Nick Egeling garner 160 yards
of smash-mouth rushing between them. McMullen directs the offense flawlessly
and is a force on defense as well with 7 stops against the speedy Kings; Kelso and
Jake Henry split a dozen tackles while Reed Kacur registers 5 stops.

Game videography by EJ Henry - leroyfootball.com

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Game recap by Howard Owens - TheBatavian.com
Early in the second quarter, down 14-0, Bishop Kearney faced fourth down with 30 to go on the Le Roy 33. The obvious play is to settle for a field goal attempt, but that's not the way of the Kings. Rather, QB Todd LaRocca drops back, fires a bullet and hits Ardell Brown in full stride at the 10. Brown glides into the end zone.

Even without a successful two-point conversion, the score, the entire touchdown drive, in fact, was enough to make Oatkan Knight supporters nervous. A 14-6 lead is nothing against a team that is fearless about throwing the ball and has athletes who can score from anywhere on the field. Brown would remind everybody of that again when he returned the opening half kickoff for a touchdown, making the score 22-12.

Even if you liked Le Roy's chances against Bishop Kearney, 22-12 still didn't feel safe.

Head Coach Brian Moran stuck with the game plan -- grind the clock away with a relentless ground attack and bend, but don't break, on defense. In the end, Le Roy remained undefeated, moving to 6-0, and the previous undefeated Kings dropped to 5-1. The final score, 29-20.

It was the fewest points the Knights have scored in a game this season, and the most points the team has given up. The win also secured Moran's 199th career victory.

"That's a good football team, and when you start getting towards the end of the year, you want to play good football teams, because you want to see where you are and I really thought our kids did a good job today," Moran said.

The win over a good football team was a big confidence boost for the Knights, running back Tom Kelso said.

"We've actually proven that we're a good team this year," Kelso said. "In order to be the best, you've got to beat the best, and that's one of the best teams out there right there."

Early on, it was easy to see how Moran planned to win this football game. He kept the ball on the ground on seven of the first eight plays, and of the 12 plays of the opening drive, only one (an incomplete pass) failed to gain yards.
That drive gave Le Roy a 7-0 lead and took 7:15 off the clock.

The Kings tried to strike back quickly. Brown darted for a 25-yard gain on a running play and LaRocca snapped off a 20-yard pass, and within four plays and a little more than a minute off the clock, the Kings were inside the red zone. It would be the first of four times in the game where the Kings found themselves in the red zone, but failed to score.

"Like I told our guys, when you get in the red zone, it's about hunger and who wants it more," said Bishop Kearney Head Coach Eddie Long. "It's about hunger and manning up and beating the next man. They put a lot of pressure on you. They blitz you from a lot of different angles. They disguise their coverages. You can tell that they work hard and they practice a lot on their schemes. And they're a physical team. At the end of the day, they man up, they beat you and they want it."

LaRocca is a tough quarterback to beat. He gets rid of the ball fast, throws accurately and throws long. For most of the night, Le Roy went with only a three-man front, which meant LaRocca faced little pressure, but even when he managed to hit an open receiver, Le Roy's backfield swarmed on the ball carrier and limited positive yardage.
This made it hard for the Kings to sustain a drive.

"I thought our defensive coordinator, Andy (Andrew Paladino), did a great job, rotating back and going to a three-man front, and putting us in a situation were we had some extra secondary help," Moran said. "That really proved crucial for us today."

For all the ball-control offense, there was still McMullen to McQuillen in the playbook.

Le Roy's first TD came when Mike McMullen, facing a fourth down, hits Mike McQuillen on the five, after McQuillen bobbed and faked Brown to give himself space and an open lane for a score.

Near the end of the half, the Knights found themselves in another fourth down situation close to the end zone after a long drive. A penalty dropped them back five yards, making it fourth-and-nine. McMullen dropped a lob over McQuillen's right shoulder, where only he can catch it. McQuillen's so fast, there's nobody between him and the end zone. The 39-yard pass play gives Le Roy a 22-12 lead.

In a manner of speaking, one of the most crucial moments in the game came on the extra points for this touchdown. Le Roy's point-after attempt failed, but there was a penalty on the play, giving the Knights another chance from the one-yard line.

Tom Kelso dove over the white line for two points, two very important points, as it turned out. At the close of the game, after a TD for Bishop Kearney set the score up at 29-20, and then the Kings recovered an onside kick with 1:20 left on the clock, Le Roy's nine-point lead was still seemed reasonably secure. A seven-point lead would have been precarious in this situation and even eight points would have been a nail biter.

Coach Long, having seen Le Roy up close now, thinks the Knights are the team to beat this year in Section V Class C.

"First and foremost, they're so disciplined, so well coached," Long said. "They don't make a lot of mistakes. From what I've seen, they've put a couple of wrinkles into their offense that's going to make them tougher. In the past, you could just key in on their run and put eight, nine in the box, but they spread it out a little bit more, which opens up their run and you have to worry about their pass. They're well coached, they're disciplined, they play hard. You have to beat them. They're not going to beat themselves."
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Game photos by Howard Owens - TheBatavian.com



LeRoy Knights Stats courtesy of the accounting firm,
B. Mase Associates LLC


Friday, October 10, 2014 (07:30 PM)
League game at Hartwood Park, LeRoy NY
Livingston County Division II

LeRoy Oatkan Knights 29, Bishop Kearney Kings 20

Score by quarter

1

2

3

4

Total

Bishop Kearney Kings

0

6

6

8

20

LeRoy Oatkan Knights

7

15

0

7

29

 

Scoring summary

Qtr

Time

Scoring play

BK
LR

LeRoy

1

4:45

#1 Mike McMullen 16 yd pass to #23 Ryan McQuillen (#36 Mike McQuillen kick)

0
7

LeRoy

2

8:59

#30 Nick Egeling 2 yd run (#36 Mike McQuillen kick)

0
14

Bishop Kearney

2

5:47

#12 Todd LaRocca 33 yd pass to #4 Ardell Brown (pass failed)

6
14

LeRoy

2

0:58

#1 Mike McMullen 39 yd pass to #23 Ryan McQuillen (#30 Nick Egeling run)

6
22

Bishop Kearney

3

11:43

#4 Ardell Brown 90 yd kick return (pass failed)

12
22

LeRoy

4

8:01

#23 Ryan McQuillen 4 yd run (#36 Mike McQuillen kick)

12
29

Bishop Kearney

4

1:46

#8 Dahmir Pross 5 yd run (#12 Todd LaRocca pass to #5 Jalen Long)

20
29

 

Team stats

Bishop Kearney

LeRoy

First downs

19

18

Rushing yardage

71

240

Pass completions - attempts

21-41

6-10

Passing yardage

297

123

Pass touchdowns - interceptions

1-1

2-0

Total plays

59

66

Total offense

368

363

Fumbles - lost

0-0

1-0

Penalties - yards

6-42

8-60

Defensive sacks - yards lost

0-0

1-16

Time of possession

15:58

32:02

3rd down efficiency

3 for 9

6 for 13

4th down efficiency

2 for 6

5 for 7

Punts - average

0-0.0

1-31.0

 

Bishop Kearney

Rushing

Name

Att

Yds

Avg

Lng

TD

#12 Todd LaRocca

7

42

6.0

21

0

#8 Dahmir Pross

10

31

3.1

18

1

Total:

18

71

3.9

21

1

 

LeRoy

Rushing

Name

Att

Yds

Avg

Lng

TD

#22 Tom Kelso

19

88

4.6

20

0

#30 Nick Egeling

20

72

3.6

9

1

#23 Ryan McQuillen

4

35

8.8

15

1

#16 Jon Pierce

8

33

4.1

8

0

#1 Mike McMullen

3

12

4.0

6

0

Total:

56

240

4.3

20

2

 

Passing

Name

Cmp

Att

Yds

TD

Int

#12 Todd LaRocca

21

41

297

1

1

 

Passing

Name

Cmp

Att

Yds

TD

Int

#1 Mike McMullen

6

10

123

2

0

 

Receiving

Name

Rec

Yds

Avg

Lng

TD

#4 Ardell Brown

10

180

18.0

33

1

#5 Jalen Long

5

72

14.4

29

0

#2 Justin Davis

5

53

10.6

20

0

#8 Dahmir Pross

1

-8

-8.0

0

0

Total:

21

297

14.1

33

1

 

Receiving

Name

Rec

Yds

Avg

Lng

TD

#23 Ryan McQuillen

3

57

19.0

39

2

#21 Jake Henry

2

38

19.0

29

0

#22 Tom Kelso

1

28

28.0

28

0

Total:

6

123

20.5

39

2

 

Fumbles

Name

Fum

FL

FR

Yds

 

Fumbles

Name

Fum

FL

FR

Yds

#22 Tom Kelso

1

0

0

0

 

Kicking

Name

FG

FGA

Lng

XP

Pts

 

Kicking

Name

FG

FGA

Lng

XP

Pts

#36 Mike McQuillen

0

0

0

3

3

 

Punting

Name

Num

Yds

Avg

Lng

I20

 

Punting

Name

Num

Yds

Avg

Lng

I20

#16 Jon Pierce

1

31

31.0

31

0

 

Kickoffs

Name

Num

Yds

Avg

Lng

#13 Branden Kellam

4

176

44.0

56

 

Kickoffs

Name

Num

Yds

Avg

Lng

#16 Jon Pierce

5

200

40.0

50

 

Kickoff returns

Name

Att

Yds

Avg

Lng

TD

#4 Ardell Brown

2

104

52.0

90

1

#8 Dahmir Pross

2

17

8.5

9

0

Total:

4

121

30.3

90

1

 

Kickoff returns

Name

Att

Yds

Avg

Lng

TD

#22 Tom Kelso

3

77

25.7

33

0

 

Punt returns

Name

Att

Yds

Avg

Lng

TD

 

Punt returns

Name

Att

Yds

Avg

Lng

TD

 

Defense

Name

Tkl

Ast

Sac

TFL

Int

#15 Jacob Meade

14

4

0.0

1.5

0

#54 Josh Jackson

8

3

0.0

1.0

0

#24 Tabari Boehler

8

1

0.0

0.0

0

#52 Aaron Pilgrim

8

4

0.0

0.5

0

#70 JaKarri Buckner

6

2

0.0

0.0

0

#55 Phillip Heard

3

1

0.0

0.0

0

#8 Dahmir Pross

3

1

0.0

0.0

0

#5 Jalen Long

3

0

0.0

0.0

0

#50 Anthony Maxwell

3

1

0.0

0.0

0

#4 Ardell Brown

2

0

0.0

0.0

0

#58 Matt DeRoller

2

0

0.0

0.0

0

#32 Fredrick Johnson

2

0

0.0

0.0

0

#53 Titus Jones

2

0

0.0

0.0

0

#11 Andrew Locey

1

0

0.0

0.0

0

#1 Asfa Sill

1

1

0.0

0.0

0

#9 Marcus Ashford

1

0

0.0

0.0

0

#2 Justin Davis

1

0

0.0

0.0

0

Total:

68

18

0.0

3.0

0

 

Defense

Name

Tkl

Ast

Sac

TFL

Int

#1 Mike McMullen

7

0

0.0

0.0

0

#22 Tom Kelso

6

4

0.0

0.5

0

#21 Jake Henry

6

3

1.0

1.0

0

#72 Reed Kacur

5

3

0.0

0.5

0

#30 Nick Egeling

4

2

0.0

0.0

0

#51 Kody Lamkin

4

1

0.0

1.5

0

#17 Brian Hodges

4

1

0.0

0.5

0

#23 Ryan McQuillen

2

0

0.0

0.0

1

#16 Jon Pierce

2

0

0.0

0.0

0

#75 Luke Hogle

1

0

0.0

0.0

0

#48 Tyler Prinz

1

0

0.0

0.0

0

Total:

42

14

1.0

4.0

1