|Cal-Mum Football 2010|
Cal Mum defeats Dundee, 36 to 15
Sometimes the final score does not tell the whole story of the game. That certainly would be the case of how this game played out for Cal-Mum against the Scotsmen from Dundee. For the better part of three quarters of this Class D State qualifier game, the Cal-Mum Red Raiders struggled to find their offensive rhythm. At the 5:00 mark of the 3rd quarter, the “Big Red Offensive Machine” started to click in the form of an 11-play, 70-yard touchdown drive. Jon Cappotelli’s 1-yard plunge into the Dundee end zone on the 1st play of the 4th quarter would kick start the Raiders on a four-touchdown blitz that would blow the tight contest open for Cal-Mum.
The Dundee Scotsmen came into the contest a most worthy opponent for the Raiders. The Scotsmen, who are the three time defending champions for Section V, Class D and the 2009 Class D State Representative, came into the game as the number one seed for all of Class DD and D. For the first half of the game, the Scotsmen were the better team. Much credit for a great game plan against Cal-Mum goes to the Dundee coach, Sheldon Gibson and his staff. For two and a half quarters Coach Gibson had his Scotsmen football team slow down the high-powered Raider offense to a crawl. To the Raiders’ credit, they kept pounding the ball at the Scotsmen, finally picking up momentum, eventually wearing them down. This is exactly the type of game the Raiders needed to prepare for the upcoming state level competition.
Cal-Mum received the opening kickoff and started their first possession at the CM 41-yard line. Alternating between Tyler Lauffer and Jon Cappotelli, the Raiders put together an impressive 13-play drive. Unfortunately for the Raiders, on a 4th down and 3-yards to go play at the Dundee 17-yard line, quarterback Madison Suhr, starting for an injured Matt Hartford, was dropped for a 3-yard loss, turning the ball over to the Scotsmen.
The Scotsmen quickly turned the ball back over to the Raiders as Matt Hartford intercepted a Dundee pass at the Dundee 45-yard line, returning it to the Scotsmen’s 35-yard line. The Raiders would just as quickly repay the Scotsmen, when, on the 1st play of the series, Cal-Mum fumbled the ball right back to Dundee.
Dundee immediately picked up momentum when Gorton Maxwell ripped off a 19-yard run down into Raider territory. The Scotsmen used the next five running plays to move to the Raider goal line before Dundee quarterback Nick Raplee snuck the ball over the Raider goal line from the 1-yard out. Kathryn Zebrowski tacked on the extra-point kick, giving Dundee the early 7 to 0 lead over Cal-Mum.
The score inspired the Scotsmen as the Dundee defense shut down the Raiders’ next offensive possession, forcing the Raiders to punt. Fortunately for the Raiders, Matt Hartford’s excellent punt pinned the Scotsmen back at their 13-yard line. The Raiders again forced a huge Dundee turnover when Dan Whitesides’ near sack of Nick Raplee forced the Dundee’s quarterback’s shuffle pass to pop right into Raider Colin Callans’ hands. Callan would dart the 11-yards into the Dundee end zone for the Raider score. Jon Cappotelli would bull his way into the end zone for the Raider 2-point conversion, giving the Raiders a slim 8 to 7 lead with 9:00 left in the 1st half.
Dundee’s offense again would be generous as Jon Kemnitz stepped in front of a Dundee pass receiver, intercepting the pass, again giving Cal-Mum great field position at the Dundee 44-yard line. The Scotsmens’ defense came up big as they dropped Madison Suhr for a 6-yard loss, stopped a Tyler Lauffer run for no gain and forced a Raider incompletion. Facing a 4th down and 16-yards to go at the 50-yard line, Coach Mike Monacelli elected to punt the ball. Punter Matt Hartford would take the fake punt play and run for 6-yards before being stopped well short of the 1st down. The big play by the Scotsmen’s punt return team gave them the momentum and also gave them good field position at the Dundee 44-yard line.
The ensuing series had the Dundee offense moving the ball well against the Raider defense and with the assistance of a 15-yard personal foul; the Scotsmen were quickly at the Cal-Mum 25-yard line. Maxwell Gorton took the next rush, his 4th consecutive carry, 24-yards to the Raider 1-yard line. Gorton would break into the Raider end zone on the next play and with a the pass from Nick Raplee to tight end, Cody Gilbert, for the 2-point conversion, the Scotsmen were back on top of Cal-Mum 15 to 8 at the 3:00 mark of the 1st half. Neither team could mount much of an offense for the remainder of the half as Dundee would leave the field to cheers from the Dundee fans.
The one thing that was definite about the 1st half of the game, Dundee was the better team. Half time was gut-check time for the Cal-Mum Raiders. How were the Raiders going to respond to the prospect of having their season ended on this rainy, cold night at Marina Auto Stadium?
The 2nd half opening kick-off saw the beginning of the Raiders taking over the game. Dundee kick returner Kyle Spink was swarmed under by a host of Raiders at the Dundee 27-yard line. The Raiders’ defensive intensity was noticeably higher starting in the 2nd half. The Raider defense would hold the Scotsmen offense to a three play and out series to open the 2nd half.
The two teams would exchange possessions and during the Raiders’ 2nd offensive series of the 2nd half, you could see the Raiders start picking up yards that on the same plays in the 1st half, were getting stuffed. With 5:00 minutes remaining in the 3rd quarter and starting at the Cal-Mum 30-yard line, the Raider offense began taking over the game. The 1st three Cal-Mum plays resulted in two 1st downs, moving the ball to the Dundee 48-yard line. Madison Sur would then hit Tyler Lauffer with a short pass and Lauffer would run 18-yards down the Raider sideline, to the Scotsmen’s 18-yard line. A Raider fumble and recovery resulted in an 8-yard loss for Cal-Mum. Two plays later, Madison Suhr would find an open Trevor Haut running down the seam in the middle of the Dundee defense and he tossed a perfect strike to Haut. Haut would carry the reception along with a couple of Dundee players down to the Scotsmen 8-yard line. Tyler Lauffers’ 7-yard run would move the ball to the Dundee 1-yard line, as the time in the 3rd quarter expired.
Jon Cappotelli would score on the opening play of the 4th quarter but an intercepted pass on the 2-point conversion would prevent the Raider from taking the lead as the score stood at Dundee 15, Cal-Mum 14.
The Raider defense was asserting itself and began to seriously dominate the Dundee offense. Tyler Lauffer would intercept a Dundee pass at midfield and return it to the Dundee 40-yard line. Jon Cappotelli ripped off runs of 5-yards and 30-yards, moving the ball to the Dundee 5-yard line. Tyler Lauffer would take the ball the final 5-yards on the next play for the Raider TD. Madison Suhr would hook up with Christian Hallett for the 2-point conversion pass play and with 9:14 remaining on the clock, the Raiders were back on top of Dundee by the score of 22 to 15.
The Raider defense continued its domination over the Dundee offense, again forcing the Scotsmen to punt. With 6:59 remaining on the game clock, the Raiders began an 8-play, 4:00 minute scoring drive with Tyler Lauffer carrying the ball the final 19 yards, extinguishing any hope of a Dundee victory. The Raiders were rolling and Dundee just could not stop the momentum.
Dundee tried to get back into the game, hoping to score and make an onside kick. Those plans were dashed when on 4th down and 7-yards to go at the Dundee 45-yard line, a Maxwell Gorton run came up 3-yards short.
With 2:36 left on the game clock the Raiders took over at the Dundee 49-yard line. Three plays later, Jon Cappotelli broke through the left side of the line and fought off several tackle attempts along the Dundee sideline on a great individual effort to score the game’s final touchdown for Cal-Mum. Madison Suhr would close out the scoring for the night with a 2-point conversion run, giving the Raiders a hard fought 36 to 15 victory.
The Raiders were led on offense by Jon Cappotelli with 143-yards on 23 carries. Tyler Lauffer was close behind with 96-yards on 17 carries. Maxwell Gorton had a very nice game with 100-yards on 21 carries.
On the defensive side of the ball, Jon Kemnitz was all over the field with 19 tackles. Trevor Haut contributed 11 tackles and Colin Callan and Dan Whiteside were both credited with 10 tackles. Cody Gilbert had a strong defensive game for the Scotsmen as he registered 15 tackles. Kyle Spink and Steve Carruthers added 9 and 7 tackles, respectively.
Congratulations to Raider Tyler Lauffer and Scotsmen Cody Gilbert who were both recognized as 2010 Class D Qualifier MVP’s.
Congratulations also to the entire Dundee Scotsmen Football Team for their exceptional season. The Raider Nation has much respect for your fine program. You played hard and you played smart and the Raiders were fortunate to escape with the win.
Next up for the Caledonia-Mumford Red Raiders is the Silver Creek Black Knights. The Black Knights are on a roll having defeated the defending State Class D Champion Randolph Cardinals this past Thursday night. The Raiders and the Black Knights will clash this coming Friday evening, November 12th at 6:00 p.m. at All High Stadium in Buffalo. The Raiders are poised to make a run and will need all the support that the Raider Nation can provide. Come to Buffalo Friday night and be ready to make some noise. Lets let everyone in New York State know…We’re Back! Go Raiders!
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