SECTION 5 CLASS C CHAMPIONSHIP 2015
Quarterfinals - Attica
Semifinals - Bath-Haverling

LR
Oatkan Knights top Route 5 rival
Cal-Mum 28-3 on the road


The Knights' win in the 82nd meeting between the two schools is sparked by
BIG plays in the second quarter in which Nick Egeling snares a Pick-6 and
the tandem of QB Josh Laurie and WR Nate Flint hook up on two consecutive
scoring bombs of 72 and 65 yards. Ryan Boyce snags a dart from Laurie for
a 20-yard TD to seal the win. Justin DiFalco leads the D with 7 solo stops,
followed by Egeling (6), Anthony Natrigo (5), and Laurie and Dom Filio, 4 each.

Game videography by EJ Henry - leroyfootball.com

Change YouTube Player quality setting to 720p resolution for best viewing results.

Game recap by Nate Rider - Batavia Daily News Sports

CALEDONIA - For much of what could possibly be the final meeting between two storied high school football programs in Le Roy and Caledonia-Mumford on Friday night, the Oatkan Knights had a tough time getting anything going against a game Red Raiders defense. And outside of a few big plays, Cal-Mum controlled the majority of the 48 minutes of the 50th consecutive regular season meeting between the two programs.

Yet with Le Roy star running back Nick Egeling bottled up, junior quarterback Josh Laurie showed his penchant for making the big play when he needed to.

The Le Roy defense stymied the Red Raiders offense all night, while Egeling came through with a big interception and Laurie connected with Nate Flint on a pair of back-to-back long touchdowns and the Oatkan Knights escaped with a 28-3 victory in a game that was much closer than the score would indicate.

"I thought they did a good job," said Le Roy head coach Brian Herdlein of his team. "There was a lot of atmosphere around, a lot of people here, a lot of alumni here and I thought we came out pretty good. We started off a little slow, but at the end of the half we were up 21-3. I couldn't ask for more than that."

The Oatkan Knights held the Red Raiders to just 156 yards of total offense, including just 90 yards on the ground on 32 rushes, while they picked off Cal-Mum quarterback Nick Harmon three times and forced a fumble to rebound from consecutive losses to move to 4-2 on the season.

"We responded well with the win and I'm happy about that, but we had a couple of chances where we could have made plays and we didn't, and we need to do that in sectionals and next week against Livonia," said Laurie.

Cal-Mum dropped to 4-2.

With the Le Roy offense stalling early, it was Egeling who came through on the defensive end for what turned out to be the turning point of the contest.

With Cal-Mum up 3-0 via a Josh Roides 36-yard field goal late in the first quarter, the Oatkan Knights got pressure on Harmon on a first-and-five and the Red Raiders' junior QB threw the ball right to a waiting Egeling, who promptly returned it 40 yards for a touchdown to give Le Roy the lead for good at 7-3 just 17 seconds into the second quarter, following a Mary Purdy extra point. Purdy was a perfect 4-of-4 on the night on PAT attempts.

"That was just him making a play," said Herdlein of Egeling. "(Defensive coordinator) Pete (Greene) actually had him playing on the nose that play. But then we got the quarterback to roll out and him being an athlete dropped back and got in front of the ball and did the rest."

Later in the second frame, the Le Roy offense was finally able to strike.

On a third-and-five from its own 28, the Le Roy offensive line gave Laurie plenty of time and he found a wide open Flint down the left side for a 72-yard TD and a 14-0 lead with 1:39 left in the half.

The Oatkan Knights then forced a three-and-out and a punt and with under a minute left in the half, Laurie and Flint struck again.

On first-and-10, and on virtually the same play, Laurie again found Flint down the left side and the junior, who recently was switched to wideout, broke one tackle and out-sprinted the rest of the Cal-Mum defense for a 65-yard touchdown and a 21-3 lead that stunned a previously raucous Red Raiders crowd.

"I thought our pass protection today was very good," said Herdlein. "We came out today wanting to run the ball but that's what they were giving up. They were bringing pressure and Josh did his job tonight."

"The line did a very good job on those TD passes, I was able to make sure [Flint] was by the guy and I just threw the ball," added Laurie.

The rest was up to the Le Roy defense, which would surrender just three first downs after halftime and allowed the Red Raiders just 68 yards of total offense in the second half. The farthest the Cal-Mum offense would get on its own in the second half was to its own 46 yard-line. Le Roy did turn the ball over on a clear forward pass that was ruled a fumble at its own 35, but the Red Raiders were only able to get to the 18.

Egeling's only big offensive play of the night - a 53-yard run late in the fourth when he broke through a stacked line and cut outside - set up Le Roy's final score, a 20-yard strike from Laurie to Ryan Boyce on a fourth-and-12 with just 57 seconds left to play.

Egeling finished the night with 85 yards on 15 carries, but outside of the big run he had just 32 yards on 14 totes; Laurie ended up 5-of-7 for 159 yards and the three touchdowns.

"That's the nice thing, if teams are going to concentrate so much on Nick, Josh is a player that can make plays for us," said Herdlein. "Nate Flint is new to playing receiver and he made a couple of huge plays for us. We have other options."

Outside of the three scoring plays and the long Egeling run, the Oatkan Knights were held to just 73 yards of offense.

"We made the plays when we had to," said Laurie. "Against Hornell we drove the ball and controlled the clock and we didn't do that much tonight and we're going to have to work on that this week."

Nick Sims had a solid game on the ground for Cal-Mum with 106 yards on 25 carries, but the Red Raiders leading rusher, Chris Hinkley, was held to minus-6 yards on just three carries. Harmon started hot and hit his first three pass attempts, but wound up just six-of-20 for 66 yards and the three interceptions.

"One thing that we have gotten better at defensively, if they make a big play, like an eight-yard run, it doesn't stop us because we keep working," said Laurie.

Things don't get any easier next week for Le Roy as the Oatkan Knights will host one-beaten Livonia at Hartwood Park in the final week of the regular season.

"We try to talk to them and tell them that you want to play the best," said Herdlein. "It tells you were you are as a football team. It takes a toll on their bodies for sure, but the fact is that it tells you exactly what your weaknesses are and what your strengths are."

LR


Game action photos courtesy of David Boyce
freeknightphotography.shutterfly.com

 

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


Friday, October 9, 2015 (07:30 PM)
League game at Hamilton Field Sports Complex, Caledonia NY
Livingston County Division I/II

LeRoy Oatkan Knights 28, Caledonia-Mumford Red Raiders 3

Score by quarter

1

2

3

4

Total

LeRoy Oatkan Knights

0

21

0

7

28

Caledonia-Mumford Red Raiders

3

0

0

0

3

 

Scoring summary

Qtr

Time

Scoring play

LR
C-M

Cal-Mum

1

2:17

#10 Josh Roides 36 yd FG

0
3

LeRoy

2

11:43

#30 Nick Egeling 40 yd int return (#15 Mary Purdy kick)

7
3

LeRoy

2

1:39

#5 Josh Laurie 72 yd pass to #22 Nate Flint (#15 Mary Purdy kick)

14
3

LeRoy

2

0:23

#5 Josh Laurie 65 yd pass to #22 Nate Flint (#15 Mary Purdy kick)

21
3

LeRoy

4

0:57

#5 Josh Laurie 20 yd pass to #1 Ryan Boyce (#15 Mary Purdy kick)

28
3

 

Team stats

LeRoy

Cal-Mum

First downs

8

9

Rushing yardage

124

90

Pass completions - attempts

5-7

6-20

Passing yardage

159

66

Pass touchdowns - interceptions

3-0

0-3

Total plays

39

52

Total offense

283

156

Fumbles - lost

1-1

4-1

Penalties - yards

8-45

7-56

Defensive sacks - yards lost

1-5

0-0

Time of possession

23:05

24:55

3rd down efficiency

2 for 10

2 for 11

4th down efficiency

1 for 3

0 for 2

Punts - average

5-27.2

4-45.5

 

LeRoy

Rushing

Name

Att

Yds

Avg

Lng

TD

#30 Nick Egeling

15

85

5.7

53

0

#21 Dominic Filio

6

24

4.0

14

0

#5 Josh Laurie

8

15

1.9

13

0

#24 Reed Kacur

2

2

1.0

2

0

#22 Nate Flint

1

-2

-2.0

0

0

Total:

32

124

3.9

53

0

 

Caledonia-Mumford

Rushing

Name

Att

Yds

Avg

Lng

TD

#20 Nick Sims

25

106

4.2

12

0

#24 Chris Hinkley

3

-6

-2.0

0

0

#12 Nick Harmon

3

-10

-3.3

0

0

Total:

32

90

2.8

12

0

 

Passing

Name

Cmp

Att

Yds

TD

Int

#5 Josh Laurie

5

7

159

3

0

 

Passing

Name

Cmp

Att

Yds

TD

Int

#12 Nick Harmon

6

20

66

0

3

 

Receiving

Name

Rec

Yds

Avg

Lng

TD

#22 Nate Flint

2

137

68.5

72

2

#1 Ryan Boyce

1

20

20.0

20

1

#30 Nick Egeling

1

3

3.0

3

0

#24 Reed Kacur

1

-1

-1.0

0

0

Total:

5

159

31.8

72

3

 

Receiving

Name

Rec

Yds

Avg

Lng

TD

#86 Matt Nusbickel

3

35

11.7

13

0

#2 Robert Voos

1

14

14.0

14

0

#44 Marcus Middleton

1

12

12.0

12

0

#42 Dylan Peck

1

5

5.0

5

0

Total:

6

66

11.0

14

0

 

Fumbles

Name

Fum

FL

FR

Yds

#5 Josh Laurie

1

1

0

0

#75 Luke Hogle

0

0

1

0

Total:

1

1

1

0

 

Fumbles

Name

Fum

FL

FR

Yds

#12 Nick Harmon

2

0

0

0

#20 Nick Sims

1

1

0

0

#44 Marcus Middleton

1

0

0

0

#5 Joe Butler

0

0

1

0

Total:

4

1

4

0

 

Kicking

Name

FG

FGA

Lng

XP

Pts

#15 Mary Purdy

0

0

0

4

4

 

Kicking

Name

FG

FGA

Lng

XP

Pts

#10 Josh Roides

1

1

36

0

3

 

Punting

Name

Num

Yds

Avg

Lng

I20

#54 David Privatera

5

136

27.2

44

2

 

Punting

Name

Num

Yds

Avg

Lng

I20

#55 Cody Cesarano

4

182

45.5

65

1

 

Kickoffs

Name

Num

Yds

Avg

Lng

#16 Reece Tresco

4

136

34.0

36

 

Kickoffs

Name

Num

Yds

Avg

Lng

#10 Josh Roides

2

94

47.0

50

 

Kickoff returns

Name

Att

Yds

Avg

Lng

TD

#5 Josh Laurie

2

40

20.0

20

0

 

Kickoff returns

Name

Att

Yds

Avg

Lng

TD

#86 Matt Nusbickel

1

14

14.0

14

0

#24 Chris Hinkley

2

6

3.0

6

0

#20 Nick Sims

1

4

4.0

4

0

Total:

4

24

6.0

14

0

 

Punt returns

Name

Att

Yds

Avg

Lng

TD

#5 Josh Laurie

3

25

8.3

12

0

#43 Ben Piazza

1

0

0.0

0

0

Total:

4

25

6.3

12

0

 

Punt returns

Name

Att

Yds

Avg

Lng

TD

#2 Robert Voos

1

5

5.0

5

0

 

Defense

Name

Tkl

Ast

Sac

TFL

Int

#65 Justin DiFalco

7

1

1.0

1.5

0

#30 Nick Egeling

6

1

0.0

2.0

1

#71 Anthony Natrigo

5

2

0.0

1.0

0

#5 Josh Laurie

4

1

0.0

0.5

1

#21 Dominic Filio

4

2

0.0

0.0

0

#75 Luke Hogle

3

0

0.0

0.0

0

#16 Reece Tresco

2

1

0.0

0.0

1

#67 Dave Englerth

2

1

0.0

0.0

0

#24 Reed Kacur

2

0

0.0

0.0

0

#43 Ben Piazza

2

0

0.0

0.0

0

#23 Justin Green

2

1

0.0

0.0

0

#20 Gavin Luckey

1

0

0.0

0.0

0

#66 Mike Leubner

1

0

0.0

0.0

0

Total:

41

10

1.0

5.0

3

 

Defense

Name

Tkl

Ast

Sac

TFL

Int

#43 Cameron Geiger

10

6

0.0

1.0

0

#20 Nick Sims

7

4

0.0

1.0

0

#63 Brett Hall

6

1

0.0

1.0

0

#86 Matt Nusbickel

6

1

0.0

2.0

0

#2 Robert Voos

5

4

0.0

0.0

0

#55 Cody Cesarano

4

3

0.0

0.5

0

#77 Matt Brechue

4

2

0.0

0.5

0

#24 Chris Hinkley

3

2

0.0

0.0

0

#40 Josh Platt

2

1

0.0

0.0

0

#42 Dylan Peck

2

0

0.0

1.0

0

#80 Ian Lenhardt

2

2

0.0

0.0

0

Total:

51

26

0.0

7.0

0