|Cal-Mum Football 2010|
Cal-Mum tops York 36 to 6
Every season is a journey; every journey starts with a first step. This past Friday night the 2010 Caledonia-Mumford Raiders took the first step of this year’s journey against the York Golden Knights. From the opening kickoff, York appeared content to slow down the game’s pace. The Raiders finally got their first offensive possession five minutes into the game and they proceeded to ground out a 9-play drive, finally scoring with 5:10 remaining in the opening quarter. What was to follow the opening Raider drive was a frenetic paced Raider offense, which scored four more touchdowns in the next five possessions. With a little more than four minutes remaining in the 1st half, the Golden Knights were looking up at a 36 to 6 mountain on the scoreboard, a mountain that they would not be able to scale on this night.
If Jon Cappotelli is to be considered the thunder in the Raider offense, then Tyler Lauffer is most definitely the lightning. Lauffer touched the ball only eight times, scoring on three of those touches. Tyler accounted for 127 yards of offense in his brief night in the Raider offense. Two of the short passes he caught, he turned into big gains of 40-yards and 48-yards, most of the yardage came from his determined effort. Jon Cappotelli did his damage during his playing time in the first half. Carrying the ball only 10 times, Cappotelli accounted for 104 yards of rushing offense. Jon also showed his wow factor to the crowd with two big runs of 40 and 28 yards, early on in the contest.
Defensively, Senior Jon Kemnitz was in the middle of all the defensive action, his solid effort had him in on 17 tackles. Kemnitz had good defensive support as Colin Callan accounted for 9 tackles while Jon Cappotelli, Trevor Haut and Kyle Sickles each chipped in 7 tackles to the Raiders’ tackle count.
York started the fame received the opening kickoff and they initially managed to gain a 1st down before punting the ball to the Raiders. Starting at the CM 22-yard line, Jon Cappotelli, on the third play of the series, broke through the Knights defensive middle and sprinted 40 yards before he was hauled down at the York 35-yard line. The Raiders’ offense then went to pounding the ball at York behind their big line of Jake Oltmann, Adam Baldeck, Mike Johnson, Matt Riggi and Kyle Sickles. With Lauffer, Cappotelli and Trevor Haut taking turns carrying the ball, the Raiders slowly moved into scoring position. Tyler Lauffer finally took the ball into the end zone from 6-yards out, to finish-off the season’s opening drive with a score. The conversion attempt was no good but with 5:10 left in the opening quarter, Cal-Mum was on top of York, 6 to 0.
During the Knights second possession the Raider defense was again up to the challenge. York was looking at a 4th down and 5-yards to go when York’s coach, Eric Amorese took a gambled and tried to pass from the punting formation. The Raiders’ punt return unit sniffed out the play and the James Culver to Keegan Willies pass completion came up 3-yards short of the 1st down marker. Given excellent field position at the York 42-yard line, the Raiders quickly made the Knights pay for their gamble. Jon Cappotelli ripped off a 28-yard gain on the Raiders’ third offensive play of the series, moving the ball to the York 6-yard line. On the next play, Cappotelli took the ball the final 6-yards into the Knights ‘ end zone. The Raiders’ were again denied a two-point conversion when Cappotelli’s rush was just short of the goal line. As time was winding down late in the 1st quarter, the Raiders had pushed their lead over York to 12-0.
The Raider defense again answered the call a third time when they forced the Knights to three plays and out, on York’s third possession. York’s short punt once again gave the Raiders good field position at the CM 42-yard line. Jon Cappotelli’s 15-yard run moved the ball to the York 43-yard line. Two plays later, Raider QB Matt Hartford found Tyler Lauffer open on a slant across the middle. Lauffer caught the ball in stride and sprinted to the right side of the field before cutting back to the middle where he was finally caught just short of the goal line, at the 1-yard line. Fullback Trevor Haut would jump up and over the goal line on the next play for the Raider score. Matt Hartford’s quarterback keeper sweep to the right added the two-point conversion and the Raiders were in command of the game with a 20 to 0 score, just 10:41 into the 2nd quarter.
If York thought that things could not get any worse, they were wrong when Madison Suhr picked off a Dustin Short pass over the middle of the field. The Raider hoping to capitalize on the turnover could not turn the trick as two uncompleted passes were sandwiched around a short Jon Cappotelli rush. The Knight had dodged a Raider bullet but they were in put in very bad field possession after a Matt Hartford punt pinned the Knights back on their own 9-yard line.
Disaster could not be averted this time as Raider Dan Whiteside pounced on a Knight fumble on York’s 1st play after the punt. Tyler Lauffer then sprinted around the end the next play for the Cal-Mum TD. A Nikko Fenderson run tacked on the two point conversion and with just under 8-minutes in the 1st half, Cal-Mum’s lead swelled to 28 to 0.
York’s offense had been stagnant up to that point and they needed a spark if they were ever to get back in the game. Mike Truax provided the Knight with that spark as he took a draw play to the house on a beautiful 62-yard run. The Knights had finally broken through the tough Raider defense and the long run was hopefully the momentum swing the Knights were looking for. The 28 to 6 score had the Knights beginning to think of a comeback.
York’s celebration was short-lived when the Raiders quickly responded to the York score. The crushing blow came for York in the form of a Matt Hartford to Tyler Lauffer pass. The 48-yard catch and run by Lauffer extinguished any hope of a York upset as the Raiders again took control of the contest. Following the 2-point conversion run by Trevor Haut after the Lauffer TD, the issue was all but decided in Cal-Mum’s favor, 36 to 6.
With time running short in the 1st half, Coach Mike Monacelli began to work the Raider reserves into the line-up. The Raider would eventually go into the locker room at halftime with the game in hand.
The 2nd half of the contest gave Coach Monacelli an opportunity to get a look at the reserves in real game action. Nikko Fenderson became the featured back after halftime and his 17 carries led the Raiders in rushing attempts. Though the Raider moved the ball at times in the 2nd half, they could not get into the Knight’s end zone. The Raiders defense was equally stingy in the 2nd half as they were in the 1st half. The Raider reserves did managed to keep the Knights off the scoreboard for the remainder of the game, preserving a 36 to 6 Cal-Mum victory.
The Raider defense was outstanding all night long as they held the Knights to only two rushing 1st downs on the entire night. The Knights’ 120-yards rushing was deceiving in that 62 of those yards came on the Mike Truax touchdown run. The remaining 58 rushing yards by York was spread out over 24 carries, for an average of only 2.4 yards per carry.
York’s defense did play hard all night and were led by James Culver with 9 tackles. Gordie Truax and Brandon Curry made their presence felt on York’s defensive side of the ball as they had 6 and 5 solo tackles respectively.
Though it was a tough night for the Golden Knights the rest of their schedule looks to be favorable. Here’s hoping that Coach Amorese and the Knights start a Sectional run starting next week against Finney.
The Raiders have some work to do before next week as the always-tough Letchworth Indians visit the Hamilton Field and Sports Complex, for a 7:30 p.m. contest. The recent history between these two schools makes this a very interesting contest. Letchworth always plays sound, hard-nosed football and they never beat themselves. Indian’s Head Coach Tim McMullen brings the Indians to town coming the off the heels of an impressive 41 to 0 victory over the Wellsville Lions.
The Raiders, for their part, will need to focus on cleaning up the penalties if they expect to avenge last year’s 7 to 3 defeat at the hands of the Indians. This game promises to be one of the marquis games in Section V this coming week. I can tell you right now that this game will be a hard-hitting affair, guaranteed!
It is time for the Raider Nation to come and show the Cal-Mum Raiders your support!