|Cal-Mum Football 2010|
Back to the Big House, Cal-Mum 24 Walton 10
It has been seven long years since the Caledonia-Mumford Football Team has played under the Teflon and fiberglass roof of the Carrier Dome. During the “Hey Days” of Raider football, in the mid 90’s, the Carrier Dome was Cal-Mum’s home away from home. It was not so long ago that it seemed like every year it was not if we were going to be at the Dome but who was to be our opponent when we got there. How fortunate we were during that special time. The past seven years, if nothing else, has taught us how precious these opportunities are to play this late into the season and to make that trip to the Carrier Dome. Friday November 24th at 12:00 p.m. the Raider Nation will again be sitting in the Carrier Dome, cheering on the Red Raiders. How special that will be!
This past Friday night at Marina Auto Stadium there was a clash of two of the more storied small school, high school football programs in New York State. The hometown Caledonia-Mumford Red Raiders, winners of four NYS football championships since 1993 and the Walton Warriors, State Champions in 1994 and 2007. The teams were a mirror image of each other; they each play “Tough guy football.” These two proud programs spent the entire night hammering away at each other. Big hits were the norm as each team used punishing ground attacks that were met with equally high intensity, hard-hitting defenses.
Cal-Mum received the opening kickoff and like the previous week against Silver Creek, would drive the length of the field to open the scoring in the game. Starting at the CM 37-yard line, the Raiders would use all three of their backfield runners to move the ball into scoring position. Jon Cappotelli’s on the 2nd play of the drive produced a 12-yard run which quickly moved the ball into Walton territory at the Warriors 48-yard line. Three consecutive 4-yard runs, two by Cappotelli and one run by Tyler Lauffer moved the Raiders’ offense to the Walton 36-yard line. Tyler Lauffer would take his third rushing attempt of the night, “To the house” when he took the handoff and bolted through the left side of the Raiders line, broke free into the Warrior’s secondary and outraced the Walton d-backs to the end zone. Jon Cappotelli’s halfback option pass found Dan Whiteside in the end zone for the 2-point conversion and the 8 to 0, Cal-Mum lead just 2:44 into the contest.
The Raider defense answered the call on Walton’s first offensive possession. Shutting down the Warriors for a 3 and out series, Christian Howe dropped back into punt formation. Howe’s 34-yard punt could not be cleanly caught by the usually reliable Tyler Lauffer as the punt was dropped and recovered by Walton’s Robert Albro at the CM 31-yard line. The Raiders’ defense bailed out the Lauffer miscue when three plays later Jon Kemnitz fell on a Walton fumble at the Raider 5-yard line.
The Raiders managed to get an initial 1st down in the drive but were stopped short on a 3rd and 7 to go at the CM 30-yard line. Matt Hartford’s punt went out of bounds and would give the Warriors possession of the ball at the Cal-Mum 49-yard line. With the good field position the Walton offense found their offensive rhythm. Two consecutive 1st downs pushed the ball deep into Raider territory before Christian Howe would break the Raider containment and run 20 yards for the Walton score. Dylan Hornbeck would power into the end zone for the 2-point conversion as Walton answered the Raiders opening score knotting the game at 8 apiece with 11:21 left in the 1st half.
Starting at the Raider 46-yard line, the Raiders responded to the Walton score with a 13-play scoring drive of their own. Using short 3 to 5 yards run, the Raider offense attacked the Walton defensive wall as they slowly churned down the field. Quarterback Madison Suhr’s 14-yard scamper, up the middle, moved the Raider line of scrimmage to the Walton 1-yard line. Following a stuff of a Trevor Haut rush attempt at the middle of the Warrior defense, Madison Suhr would quarterback sneak the ball into the Warriors’ end zone for the Raiders’ 2nd score of the night. Jon Cappotelli would run the important 2-point conversion into the Walton end zone as the Raiders were once again on top of Walton by 8 points, 16 to 8.
Trailing by 8 points with 4:37 remaining in the 1st half, the Walton offense went back to what it does best, pounding the ball. Picking up decent yardage on every play, the Warriors quickly moved into scoring position. The big play of the drive was a 28-yard pass play from Dalton Kaminsky to Nick Shiels moving the ball down to the CM 17-yard line. The Raiders’ dodged a giant bullet when Walton, sitting at the Raiders’ 1-yard line fumbled the ball on a quarterback sneak attempt. On the play the Warriors’ offensive and the Raiders’ defense came together in a big clashed at the goal line. In the ensuing moments of Walton players trying to push the ball over the goal line, the ball rolled out of the big pile of humanity along the ground and into the Raider end zone, where a surprised Tyler Lauffer fell on the loose ball. The play would loom huge as the Raiders would take possession of the ball at the CM 20-yard line and the Raiders would be content with running out the final 57 seconds of the half. The football gods were smiling on the Raiders were fortunate to be ahead, 16 to 8 at the break.
The Warriors came out in the 2nd half and received the kick off and in a drive that would take 6:00 off the 3rd quarter clock. The 10-play drive would was mostly ineffective as the drive ultimately netted 2 offensive yards after Raider defensive ends, Trevor Haut and Dan Whiteside sacked Dalton Kaminsky for a 19-yard loss, all the way back to the W 38-yard line.
Walton’s Christian Howe’s punt would leave the Raiders at the CM 26-yard line. The Raiders’ offensive would strike quickly when quarterback Madison Suhr rolled out to right and tossed perfect pass to wide-out Tyler Lauffer, hitting Lauffer right in stride. The resulting 45-yard play moved the ball deep into Warrior territory, at the Walton 27-yard line. Jon Cappotelli would capitalize on the Raider momentum when on the following play “Capp” would break off an 18 yard run to the Walton 9-yard line. Following two Cappotelli run, to the 1-yard line, Madison Suhr would call his own number and score the 3rd Raider touchdown. Suhr would pass to fullback Trevor Haut for the Raider two-point conversion, giving the Raiders a 16 point cushion over Walton.
Each defense would shut down the other opponent’s offense on the next two possessions. With time down to under six minutes in the game the Warriors were again moving the ball into scoring position at the Cal-Mum 25-yard line. Raider Tyler Lauffer for the 2nd time in the night would redeem himself for a second time with a pass interception, giving the ball back to the Raider offense.
With the possession, the Raiders’ offense was looking to take some precious time off the game clock but once again the Warriors were up to the challenge as they forced a quick 3 and out series. Misfortune would then occur for Cal-Mum when the snap on the Raider 4th down punt attempt was short and the all-out block attempt worked as the Warriors forced a muffed punt, giving them great field position at the Raider 10-yard line.
The Raider defense was called upon to stop the Warriors’ offense. A Walton score could change the whole game and give Walton a chance to get back into the contest and quite possibly, pull out the victory. During this critical series the Raiders’ defense bent but it did not break and when Walton’s Nick Shiels 4th down rush attempt was turned back from the CM 1-yard line Cal-Mum took over possession just outside of the Raider end zone.
With just 2:26 left on the game clock the Raiders
kept the ball on the ground moving it a short ways from the Raider end zone. With under
a minute to play and faced with a 4th down at the CM 8-yard line and Walton without a
timeout remaining, Coach Mike Monacelli elected to run the play clock down to one second
and call time out. Conferring with his offensive unit on the field, Coach Monacelli elected
to run a play that would result in a safety for Walton. The play worked out to the Raiders’
advantage as Madison Suhr took the snap, ran back to his own end zone and managed to dodge
several Warrior tackling attempts before being taken down, thereby taking valuable time off
the clock. The Walton Warriors were left with little time on the clock when they set up for
their final series of the night on the 50-yard line. Three Walton plays later, the Raiders
claimed the Western Region Championship.
Congratulations to the Walton Warriors on your
remarkable season. Coach Hoover and the whole Walton community should be proud of your
efforts. You are truly a classy program. Let the Cal-Mum football team and whole community
hope that this rugged contest against you has helped us to prepare for the task at hand,
the Tuckahoe Tigers. Good luck to all the Warriors, in the future. The Raider offense was led in rushing by Jon
Cappotelli with an even 100-yards. Tyler Lauffer added 63-yards to the Raider rushing
total of 191-yards. Christian Howe was a workhorse as he led all Walton rushers with
113-yards in 23 carries. Jon Kemnitz led the Raiders’ defense with 19
tackles. Jon Cappotelli had an active defensive game as he recorded 13 tackles followed
by Colin Callan and Kyle Sickles with 11 tackles apiece. Christian Howe led the rugged
Walton defense with 12 tackles along with Mike Beers and Freddy Babcock with 9 tackles
each. Now it is on to the Dome for the Caledonia-Mumford
Red Raiders. Remember to respect your opponent, play hard, play smart and let the pieces
fall where they may. The Raider Nation will be there for you. “We are CAL-MUM!” Go Raiders! Scoring Summary
Congratulations to the Walton Warriors on your remarkable season. Coach Hoover and the whole Walton community should be proud of your efforts. You are truly a classy program. Let the Cal-Mum football team and whole community hope that this rugged contest against you has helped us to prepare for the task at hand, the Tuckahoe Tigers. Good luck to all the Warriors, in the future.
The Raider offense was led in rushing by Jon Cappotelli with an even 100-yards. Tyler Lauffer added 63-yards to the Raider rushing total of 191-yards. Christian Howe was a workhorse as he led all Walton rushers with 113-yards in 23 carries.
Jon Kemnitz led the Raiders’ defense with 19 tackles. Jon Cappotelli had an active defensive game as he recorded 13 tackles followed by Colin Callan and Kyle Sickles with 11 tackles apiece. Christian Howe led the rugged Walton defense with 12 tackles along with Mike Beers and Freddy Babcock with 9 tackles each.
Now it is on to the Dome for the Caledonia-Mumford Red Raiders. Remember to respect your opponent, play hard, play smart and let the pieces fall where they may.
The Raider Nation will be there for you. “We are CAL-MUM!” Go Raiders!