LANDON 21 StA 7

IAC…IAC…IAC…IAC…4-0 in the League…AVERAGE SCORE BEARS 22 IAC OPPONENTS 10—this was a team of character who did what had to be done when it had to be done; that’s a way to win!

 

First, it is important to note that a RIVAL is a team that year after year, you respect. That after the game you look the opponent in the eye and can say “good game” in the years when you win, the games that they win and without regard to whether one team has superior talent. You are driven to win for that moment of victory. Rivalry is not just a matter of playing close games against each other, but about how you play to win and how you lose. Today we saw rivalry at its best.

 

The game was a battle in all four periods. The Bears kicked off and were able to stymie the Bulldogs forcing them to punt after 7 plays. The Landon boys, as with five other games this year, took the ball on its 1st possession and drove for a score. This was an 11 play, 66 yard series with Jamal François running the last 4 yards. A Matt Underhill PAT made it BEARS 7 BULLDOGS 0 @3:19

 

The 1st period was exhausted in the ensuing StA drive, but though they held the ball for 11 plays (into the 2nd Q) , their advances were offset by two key TFLs (the first by Rhoads/Desroches/Laco and the next a solo by Howard ). The Bulldogs were forced to punt. The ball rolled to the Bears one yard line and some key runs moved the ball across midfield. The Bears turned the ballover on downs. There, the visitors, with 58 yards to a score, were able to do that (McCurdy to Kelley for a 45 passing TD). At 2:07, BEARS 7 BULLDOGS 7

 

The Bears did not mount a good offensive drive and were forced to punt. StA had good (not great field position), but were equally ineffective. Oddly, on 4th down, the punter tried and failed to pass. With 0:11 remaining, the home team tried a couple of passes.

HALFTIME           BEARS 7 BULLDOGS 7

 

The 3rd Q was consumed by two long Bear possessions and two long Bulldog possessions—all to no avail. Bear highlights included a critical StA fumble recovery by Anthony Fullum, and two TFLs (a solo by Andrew Mitchell and a Rhoads/Falk sandwich of the StA QB. The Bears began a critical drive with 0:01 remaining in the period and 89 yards from a TD.

 

END OF 3RD Q   BEARS 7 BULLDOGS 7

 

The last carry of last period and the first 3 of the 4th Q were all by Myles Allen for a total of 10 yards, most notably, the big tailback got the last yard on a critical fourth and 1. Another big play was a pass from Kyle Hartman to Austin Petty; it could have easily been intercepted by the two Bulldogs who co-possessed the ball with the Bear TE. All those hours lifting weights paid off as the Bears #11 took the ball away from his opponents. A turnover there might have had a massive impact on the momentum; instead Landon retained the possession. Runs by Jamal, Kyle and Myles set up a second and 10 from the Bulldogs 28. That remaining acreage was claimed by the super-fast Soph Mr. François—TD A good Matt PAT made it BEARS 14 BULLDOGS 7  with 4:15 left in the game.

 

The O line (Petty, Obai Kamara, David Spiritos, Will Buckingham, Mike Rallo, Will Murty and Jackson Howard) executedtheir blocks consistently with precision. The D line (which included Isaiah Edwards, Howard, Jules Desroches, PJ Fitzgerald, Mitchell, Kolby Williams and others) were relentless in their attacking of their opponents. The Landon LBs and DBs played an almost interchangeable roles/positioning) included Jack Falk, Anthony Fullum, Philip Pena, Connor Lynch, Peter Laco, Dominique Seagears,  Robby Dunigan and. others. StA had an explosive RB, several big time WRs and a highly regarded QB. They held that potent offense, which had averaged more than 32 points a game, to only 7 points.

 

The Bulldogs did not concede the game and tried valiantly to get on the scoreboard again. They didn’t and the Bears got the ball back with 1:25 remaining. Two runs by the Landon Senior Tailback (#32) moved the ball 44 yards (the last showed his speed in the 40—the yards needed to score. TD Myles! Another Underhill kick went over the uprights at 1:15 BEARS 21 BULLDOGS 7

 

StA three times and completed the passes. Then the Bulldog QB met with Bears Howard, Mitchell and Williams, who TFL’ed him. Two more incomplete passes and the visitors had to relinquish the ball. The Bears took a knee to kill the clock.

 

BEARS 21 BULLDOGS 7

 

Today, the 20 Members of the Class of 2013 and their parents were honored before the game. Both parents and players are due commendation for the hours of time, exceptional effort and leadership that they exhibited this year and previous seasons. THEY ARE BEARS!!!

 

LANDON STATISTICS

 

RUSHING

Rusher                 carries        yards          TDs

Allen                    19               102                      1

François               15               67                        1

Johnson               2       31

Laco                     4       23

Hartman              7       22

                             47     145

PASSING

 

Hartman              7/9     94 yds

 

Petty                    2 catches   23yds

Fullum                 2                 35

François               2                 29

Seagears             1                 7

 

 

2013 IAC CHAMPS!!!

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