By Jonathan Burgos & Jose Rivera –
It’s senior day for the (7-2) Holy Cross Crusaders as they face off against the visiting (3-6) Lafayette Leopards on their home turf of Fitton Field. The atmosphere was lively as Crusader’s fans tailgated outside waiting for kick off. To help cover the action for today’s game. Jonathan, a host with the Monday Night Sports talk, was able to interview a fan before the gates opened.
As the First Quarter gets under way John Fuller #23 Running Back opens up the game with a 1-yard rushing TD, for your Crusaders with 5:30 left in the first. It was a quit first Quarter for both teams as the 1-yard run was the only scoring play. At the end of the first the score is Holy Cross 7, Lafayette 0.
As the second Quarter gets underway Holy Cross #7 , CB Senior John Smith Intercepts the pass on 3rd and 15th with 10:02 in the second. On the next offensive drive QB Marco Siderman connects with Wr #1 Ayir Asante for the 19 yard TD, time 8:09, second Quarter. After a successful team drive from the Crusaders. Lafayette comes back with a pick six of their own run backed by #42 Major Jordan, with 2:46 left in the second. After that momentum change the home team looked to score before the end of the half. Spiderman pass complete to #8 Wr Senior Tenio Ayeni. After failing to get the first down Holy cross looks to close out the half with a 47 yard field goal attempt kicked by Senior Kicker Derek Ng but is blocked to end the half. As the first half is complete the score is Holy Cross 14- Lafayette 7.
we can definitely say this was a defensive battle. Interceptions by both teams with one being the opening score for the visiting Lafayette. Can the home team secure the win as they play their last regular season home game.
Second half of football kicks off with QB #9 Matthew Sluka rushing outside the pocket for a 6-yard touchdown. Senior place kicker PAT is good with 7:36 in the third the score Crusaders 21- Lafayette 7. On the defensive side of the ball DE #17 Benton Whitley makes a huge stop sacking the QB to end the visiting team drive with 5:31 in the third. After receiving the ball back Slucka passes to #1 Ayir Asante for the 47 yard touchdown that makes it two on the day. The score 28-7, with 4:37 left. After a 3 and out series from Lafayette, crusaders retain the ball to only fumble it back to the visiting team. Recovered by # 6 Daron Gilbert, Forced by #24 Neriyan Brown. After Lafayette receives the ball again another key play by the Crusaders secondary as #6 senior Terrel Prince sacks the QB to end the third.
Start of the fourth Quarter it was all Crusaders who had control the rest of the game. QB Marco Silverman connects with #1 Ayir Asante for the 20 yard TD, that makes it three today for him as well as a new season high with 9 rec, 137 yards, 3 TDs. Senior #92 Dan Kuznetsov sacks the visiting QB to add more damage.
It was a good battle back and forth but Crusaders came out victorious on senior day with a final score Holy Cross 35-Lafayette 10. This makes Holy Cross (7-2). I spoke with the seniors after the game and they all said “ We just have to bring this momentum and keep playing our style of football. Fordham is a good team overall. We just have to prepare and stick to the coach’s game plan.” With the final regular home game complete this makes it 6 consecutive wins with 30+ points scored. Tune in this saturday November 13th as your Crusaders battle Fordham for their next road match up. Can the Crusaders continue their team success or will they fall to Fordham on their turf.
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