- Josh Laurie touchdown pass to Jason Doemling. If you were in Dansville
on Friday night, you heard this a lot. Laurie connected with Doemling
for three touchdown passes in LeRoy's 35-6 win over Dansville.
Laurie threw four touchdown passes on the night, including one to
Ryan Boyce. Both Boyce and Doemling stand at over 6' tall and the
Knights looked to their big receivers early and often.
"We have some taller athletes on the outside and that's something
we want to use to our advantage," LeRoy coach Brian Herdlein
said. "A goal for tonight was to establish the run game and we
did that in the first half, which opened up the passing game."
After a three and out by Dansville to start the game, LeRoy drove
down the field and Laurie connected with Doemling for the first touchdown
of the game on a short slant play. On LeRoy's next possession, Laurie
found Boyce for a five-yard touchdown to put the Knights up 14-0 late
in the first quarter.
"We started off well in the first quarter, just like last week,"
Herdlein said. "We got up pretty early and continued from there.
I thought we did a good job."
LeRoy took a 28-0 lead in the second quarter on Doemling's second
receiving touchdown of the game and on a short touchdown run for senior
running back Nate Flint.
The Mustangs tried to get on the scoreboard late in the half, but
turned the ball over on downs at LeRoy's nine-yard line.
"LeRoy took advantage of our holes and we couldn't capitalize
on most of our opportunities," Dansville coach Terry Conway said.
"LeRoy had a lot of playmakers and we couldn't matchup against
Dansville came out in the second half down 28-0 and blocked a LeRoy
punt early in the third quarter. The Mustangs started their possession
inside the LeRoy 25 and they got on the board with a five-yard touchdown
run by Thomas Earner. After a blocked extra point, the Mustangs trailed
Earner finished the game with 18 carries for 61 yards and a score.
That was all the scoring the third quarter would see, as neither offense
could get anything going.
"The third quarter of both games so we far we've struggled,"
Herdlein said. "That's something we need to work on. I think
this week was better than last week and we will keep getting better
LeRoy would cap the scoring with a Laurie 45-yard touchdown pass to
Doemling with 7:12 left in the game. LeRoy would win the game 35-6.
"I told our guys this was a loss and you're going to have to
learn how to deal with losses," Conway said. "It's only
a loss if you don't learn from it."
One of the few bright spots for Dansville was senior lineman Adam
Green. Green finished the game with seven tackles and a sack.
"He's a relentless player," Conway said. "He doesn't
have the greatest foot speed, but he's aggressive and his motor is
always running. We can always rely on him to go full speed."
The Mustangs (1-1) will travel to Caledonia-Mumford for a 7:30 p.m.
kickoff on Friday. LeRoy (1-1) will host Wellsville on Friday.
NOTES - EJ Henry leroyfootball.com
I would venture to say that Josh Laurie's 8 TD passes in the first
2 games of a season are unmatched in LeRoy football history, which
dates back to 1897. Jason Doemling has 5 of those 8 TD receptions
to his credit. Through 2 games, Jason is averaging an astonishing
31.6 yards per each of his 12 receptions. To give you a perspective
of how football has changed in the last few decades, the Knights won
the Class C state title in 1995, going 12-1 to do so. The leading
receiver in that championship season was Derek Spink, a running back,
who had 10 receptions for 131 yards on the YEAR (13 games). Jason
has 12 receptions for 379 yards in 2 GAMES. Now it did not hurt that
the 1995 state champ Knights had not one, but two running backs that
rushed for over 1,000 yards behind a huge LeRoy offensive line (Ryan
Novak 1,349 yards and Erik Geiger 1,145 yards). Geiger's yards were
achieved on 113 carries to Novak's power running 230 carries. I would
again dare to say that Geiger's 10.1 yards/carry for a rusher gaining
1,000+ yards in a season is unmatched in LeRoy football history.
Congratulations to JOSH LAURIE who earned the Section 5 Class C Offensive
Player of Week #2 with his efforts against the Dansville Mustangs.
7 of 14 passing for 154 yards and 4 TDs, 71 yards rushing on 12 carries,
and a kickoff return of 25 yards.