Knights turn out the lights on
Marcus Whitman to move to 3-0-1
Recap by Barney Mase
After giving up some big plays in the 1st half, LR`s defense
tightened after halftime to secure a 24-15 victory over the
hometown Marcus Whitman Wildcats. RB Tyler Scofield went over
the 100-yd mark for the third straight game with 138 yds and
3 TDs, while flanker Mark Kelso came up with some timely receptions
while playing injured to lead the Knights to victory.
Receiving the short kickoff, LR starts their 1st drive from
their own 46. Seven plays later, Scofield runs in from the 9
yds for the Jr. Knights. The PAT kick is no good for a 6-0 LeRoy
A yellow flag is the Knights' best friend as an 86-yd scoring
run for the Wildcats is called back for holding. A 50-yd punt
by Marcus Whitman and a holding call on the Knights backs up
the start of LR's second drive to the 16. Managing just one
first down, the Knights punt.
After a Josh Kosiorek sack backs up MW, Whitman`s offense starts
making big plays. On a 3rd-and-15, two pass completions for
13 and 17 yds pushes the locals into LR territory at the 36.
Two more runs and the Cats find themselves on the 1-yd line.
LR stops the run on 1st and 2nd downs, but MW punches it in
on the next play around end. The kick is good and LR trails
for the first time all season 7-6.
Mark Kelso (Mr. Utility) runs the kickoff back 30 yds to midfield
and with a unsportsmanlike penalty tacked on, the Knights take
over at the MW 35. FB Jon Casper plows through the defense for
15 yds on back-to-back carries. Scofield takes over, running
the last 3 plays of the scoring drive, capping it off with a
3-yd run into the end zone. The PAT run fails, but the Knights
have regained the lead 12-7.
Quentin Humphrey`s kickoff and excellent coverage by Vince Kovach
pins the Wildcats at their 16. Again showing the ability to
move the ball, MW needs just 3 plays to reach the LR 37. Facing
a 4th -and-6, Austin Steinbrenner stops the runner short of
the FD, turning the ball over to the Knights.
A fine catch and run by Dylan Ashley converts a 3rd-and-11,
but 3 plays later LR fumbles away the ball at the Whitman 42.
Runs of 24, 7, and 23 carry the Wildcats down to the LR 15 with
24 ticks left until halftime. Defensive breakups by Ashley and
Humphrey end the half.
Unable to force a 3-and-out on Whitman`s previous 3 drives,
LR starts out the 2nd half doing just that as Mike Gambos and
Jon Casper sack the QB on 3rd down. Another fine punt of 47
yds pushes LR to start from their own 27.
Reaching the MW 48, Humphrey is sacked for 6 yds on 3rd down,
forcing a punt. A punt return of 28 yds has the Wildcats starting
their drive at their own 46.
Gaining only 3 yds on the next 2 plays, MW fires an incomplete
pass on 3rd down, leaving a 4th-and-7 at their 49 with 3:02
left in the 3rd. On a most curious call, Whitman elects to go
for it on 4th (remember earlier punts of 50 and 47 yds?) and
Gambos breaks up the pass .
With momentum now swung in LR`s favor due to the generously
given field position, Scofield needs only one play to score
from the 49. The PAT run again fails, but the Knights have upped
their lead to 18-7.
Jordan Boyd`s fumble recovery snuffs out the next Whitman drive.
Mark Kelso's 3 receptions highlight the last LR scoring drive.
Converting a 3rd-and-9, Kelso hauls in a 18-yd pickup and later
in the drive takes a swing pass for 12 yds down to the one.
Big Jon Casper plunges in a play later to make it LR 24, MW
Marcus Whitman sets up their final tally with a lack of wattage
and a finely timed Statue of Liberty play on a huge 3rd-and-50
(no lie) with less than a minute on the always running clock
to make the final 24-15.
Tim Wortman came up big on defense in the 4th quarter, registering
a sack and intercepting a pass.
LR improves to 3-0-1 and take on an undefeated Avon team Thursday,
Sept 27th in Avon.