|Cal-Mum Football 2010|
Cal-Mum beats rival LeRoy 42 to 0
Dan Whiteside certainly had a night to remember against the LeRoy Oatkan Knights, Cal-Mum’s long time rival to the West. Dan Whiteside, from his right defensive end spot, recovered two fumbles and had a pass interception. Whiteside was also was in on 11 tackles, three of which were solo. Dan led a stingy Raider defense that recorded its third consecutive shutout and has on given up only 27-points in six regular season games.
The Raiders appeared to catch a break coming into the contest against the Knights, who were dealing with personnel issues, with four offensive linemen suspended for the game. However, whatever advantage that situation gave the Raiders was quickly nullified as both Dan Riggi and Madison Suhr were quickly knocked out of the game with apparent shoulder injuries.
The Raiders received the opening kickoff and marched down the field on a 10-play drive, starting at the CM 37-yard line. The big play in the drive was a 31-yard run by Tyler Lauffer. Jon Cappotelli capped off the drive with a 5-yard run and then Matt Hartford tacked on the 2-point conversion on a quarterback keeper. The Raider’s jumped out to an 8 to 0 lead with 7:45 remaining in the contest.
Forcing the Knights into a three and out on LeRoy’s first offensive series, the Raiders were looking to quickly take command of the contest. That was not to happen as the wheels came off of the Raider offense. Three consecutive series ended badly for Cal-Mum. Two consecutive fumbles were given up to LeRoy defense. The third series then ended badly as a snap to Matt Hartford, in punt formation, went over his head and he was subsequently tackled at the CM 22-yard line. The Knights were playing hard defense and the muffed punt play gave them the momentum and good field position.
With six minutes remained in the 1st half and the Raiders clinging to an 8 to 0 lead. Enter Dan Whiteside. The Knights who lost yardage on two consecutive plays set up a screenplay to their left flat. The Knights looked to be set up perfectly. Dan Whiteside ruined the play when while he was rushing the LeRoy passer, he jumped up and snatched the pass out right out the air. The timely interception ended the LeRoy scoring threat.
LeRoy would then have it’s own bout of fumblitis on their next offensive possession as the Knights fumbled the ball at the LR 36-yard line. The Raider offense came on and was still in a funk, as they still could not move the ball. To compound matters, starting quarterback Matt Hartford was taken from the field after a hard hit. With back-up quarterback Madison Suhr sidelined earlier in the contest, the Raiders turned to Christian Hallett to direct the Raider offense. Facing a 3rd down and 16-yards to go, Hallett worked his magic as he ran a naked quarterback bootleg. The play worked to perfection as the Knights bit on the fake dive play into the line. Before LeRoy knew who had the ball, Hallett was sprinting down the Raider sideline. He dodged two LeRoy players before breaking into the end zone for the score. Following Christian Hallett’s score, Jon Cappotelli crashed into the end zone for the Raider two-point conversion, giving the Raiders a 16 to 0 lead going into half time.
The 2nd half was a different game for the Raider offense. Getting the ball at the CM 30-yard line, Jon Cappotelli broke off a 15 and a 12-yard run, moving the ball to the LeRoy 42-yard line. A holding penalty pushed the Raiders back into their own territory at the CM 49-yard line. Matt Hartford, who had returned in the 2nd half then threw a perfect strike to Tyler Lauffer who was sprinting down the Raider sideline. Hartford’s pass hit Lauffer in stride as the Raider wide receiver ran 51-yards, untouched into the Knights’ end zone. Jon Cappotelli’s 2-point conversion run was good and the Raiders extended their lead over LeRoy 24 to 0.
The Hartford to Lauffer passing combo was not finished when on the 1st play of the Raiders’ next possession, Matt Hartford flipped a pass to Tyler Lauffer in the Cal-Mum’s right flat. Lauffer would do most of the next 66-yards on his own as he weaved through the LeRoy defense finally crossing the end line for his 2nd TD reception on the night. The two-point conversion pass attempt was no good but the score gave the Raiders a commanding 30 to 0 advantage.
Lauffer’s 2nd touchdown blew this contest wide open. The Raider pretty much dictated how the game was played from here on out. Raider Trevor Haut would score from 8-yard out at the close of the 3rd quarter and Solomon Gominiak would tack on the final Raider score with 3:55 left in the contest.
The Raiders’ rushing offense was once again a balanced effort as it was again, run by committee. Jon Cappotelli had 101-yard on 20 carries while Tyler Lauffeer and Christian Hallett contributed 53 and 41-yards to the Raider 300-yard rushing total. Solomon Gominiak and Jon Voos, who has been sidelined all season long with a nagging injury, both looked impressive in late game drives. Colin Callan continues to have solid defensive games for the Raiders as he recorded 13 tackles. Dan Whiteside and Alex Kenville, subbing for the injured Dan Riggi each had 11 tackles. The Raider defense was stifling as they held the Oatkan Knights to only 107-yards of total offense.
It was big win for Cal-Mum; any win over LeRoy is
big. The price of victory was high though as the two injured Raiders are extremely pivotal
to the Raider’s future success. Here’s hoping that the injuries are not serious enough to
keep these Raiders out of the play-offs. The Raiders will host an opening round game of
the sectionals this Friday night at Hamilton Field and Sports Complex. It appears that the
Perry Yellow Jackets will be the 1st round opponent for Cal-Mum.