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SECTION 5 CLASS C CHAMPIONSHIP 2001

FAR WEST REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP 2001

 
Fulmer field goals fuel 6-3 win over
tough Clyde-Savannah squad
 
 
 

Clyde - The program you could purchase at the LeRoy-Clyde contest (9-21) contained a quote indicating that the Clyde squad was looking at the LeRoy game as a "statement" game. "By defeating a powerhouse such as LeRoy, we believe it will send a message throughout Section 5 Class D that we are a force to be reckoned with" it stated. In a grinding, physical, nerve-wracking contest between two perennial Section 5 powers, the Eagles fell just 3 points short of their goal, but they have sent a message to all that they are indeed a formidable squad. The Clyde-Savannah football program is loaded with Section 5 titles, legendary coaches and players, and a township that embraces their squad, much like LeRoy. In the end, it was a Brian Fulmer 22-yard field goal that secured the win for the Knights, their second consecutive big win over a championship program on the road. The 6-3 win over the Eagles was anything but easy.

 
 

Clyde started the game with a drive start at their own 34 and opened with a double-pass trick play that went incomplete. It was obvious from the word go that the Eagles were going to show some offensive diversity with speedster QB Evan Groat and running backs Nate Drahms, Brian Kise, and Omarr Rouse. The teams traded possessions in the early going before Brian Fulmer intercepted a pass by Groat, returning it to the LeRoy 46. LeRoy, as in the Cal-Mum game the previous Friday, showed no fear of going for it on fourth and two from the Clyde 46 as rugged Matt Miller pounded forward for the first down to keep what would be a point-scoring drive alive. Joe Cosimeno was picking out some nice holes provided by the LeRoy line and the Knights managed to drive as far as the 13 of Clyde. Fulmer knocked through his first field goal of the night at the 8:14 mark of the first quarter to give LeRoy a 3-0 lead.

Rainy weather moved into the area as the two teams battled on the ground. Clyde opened up their attack in the late going of the second quarter as QB Groat completed four passes and scrambled effectively to move the Eagles to the LeRoy 6 yard line, much to the joy of the local fans. The Eagles' Poj Limsintaraopas tied the game at 3 apiece at intermission by nailing a 23-yard field goal. Clyde-Savannah went in to the locker room pumped as they were more than holding their own with this talented LeRoy club.

   
 

The Knights received the ball in the second half and started at their own 35. Cosimeno again was making life tough for the Eagles as he found the small openings that were available in the tough Clyde defense. The Knights racked up three first downs in moving the ball to first and goal at the Clyde 9. The Eagles held strong and the Knights were able to make it to the 5 before bringing out Fulmer for the go-ahead score. Brendan nailed the 22-yarder with ease and the Knights went up 6-3 with 5:30 remaining in the third quarter. Clyde received the kickoff and went to work moving the ball on the Knights with some nice inside-the-tackles running of their own. The locals were able to penetrate to the LeRoy 31 before the LeRoy defense, spear headed by the play of Matt Miller, Bill Fox, Ricky Laurie, Jake Syracuse, and Kenny Smith ended the Clyde drive at the end of the third quarter.

The fourth quarter was intense as both offenses found yardage but no points. The Knights moved to the Clyde 32 with Cosimeno running outside and Miller inside. The Eagles held on downs and took over at their own 33 with just seven minutes remaining in the contest. Clyde tight end Tom Ferron came up with a huge third down reception from Groat to move the Eagles to the LeRoy 35. The Eagles looked to the air to get in position for a tying field goal or perhaps a winning TD catch. Defensive back Joe Shaughnessy stepped up huge on defense nearly intercepting a ball with just 4:33 remaining on a Clyde third down play. Shaughnessy halted the Eagle drive with a big interception on the following fourth down play, returning it 20 yards to the LeRoy 33. First downs were a must if the Knights were to hold on for the win. With just 2:39 on the clock and LeRoy facing a fourth and one from their own 32, Coach Moran called timeout to talk over the offensive strategy. There would be no punting, that was a given. Shaughnessy faked a hand-off and swept around the left side after receiving great blocks from Woodard, Campbell, Moran and a host of leading running backs. A lack of Clyde timeouts made it possible for the Knights to run out the remaining time and claim the victory by a 6-3 final score. With the win the Knights, ranked #7 in state in Class C, move to 3-0 on the year.

 
 
 
   
Rushing Leaders
Passing
Joe Cosimeno 31 carries for 156 yds
Matt Miller 7-33
Joe Shaughnessy 9-23
Joe Shaughnessy - 0 of 3

Fulmer 30, 22 yd FG
 
Defense
Total Yardage
Brendan Moran & Ken Smith - 6 tackles each
Matt Miller - 5 tackles
Shaughnessy, Jason Hodge, and Jake
Syracuse - 4 tackles each
Fulmer and Shuaghnessy - 1 INT each
LeRoy - 196 total yds.
on 52 rushes

Clyde - 182 total yds. (105 run, 77 pass)
 


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Rick Laurie makes critical sack of Clyde QB with help from Kenny Smith

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SCORING SUMMARY - LeRoy @ Clyde-Savannah - Friday, September 21, 2001
       
1st Quarter      
LR
Brendan Fulmer - 30 yd FG
LR 3 Clyde-Sav. 0
       
2nd Quarter
Clyde-Sav.
Poj Limsintaraopas - 23 yd FG
LR 3 Clyde-Sav. 3
       
3rd Quarter
LR
Fulmer - 22 yd FG
LR 6 Clyde-Sav. 3
     
4th Quarter
No scoring