Fairfield Ludlowe blanks Harding to end losing skid
Updated 12:32 am, Sunday, October 7, 2012
BRIDGEPORT -- The Fairfield Ludlowe football team was finally able to end its 14-game losing streak with a 35-0 victory over Harding Saturday at Hedges Stadium. The win also snapped a two-game losing streak to the Presidents.
Ludlowe coach Matt McCloskey was happy for his team to get into the win column.
"These kids worked hard, they've been working hard since Thanksgiving last year," he said. "This is what we expected to do today."
McCloskey said a win like this could springboard his team for the rest of the season.
"They now know what we're capable of. This is a great win for our program," he said. "This could turn around our season."
Ludlowe controlled the line of scrimmage the entire game with its offensive line and running attack. Stephen Scholz ran in two scores in the first half.
"Our line did a good job," Scholz said. "They stayed on their blocks, got to the second level and allowed me to get to the outside."
McCloskey agreed that the key to the game was their offensive line play.
"The five guys up front were the reason we were able to establish the run game for us and that was important," he said.
Junior quarterback Matt White opened the scoring for the Falcons on a 4-yard scoring strike to Stephan Zadravec. Ludlowe seemed to grab the momentum and controlled the game after Harding's next drive resulted in a blocked punt by Alex Zeko, which gave the Falcons the ball at Harding's 15-yard line and led to Scholz's first score of the day, an 11-run.
"We knew from film that their offensive line kind of took a play off on punts," McCloskey said about the blocked punt. "So we were able to get on the edge and get a hand on it."
White, who also ran in a 1-yard score to add to his touchdown pass, said the fast start was what they needed.
"It was important to come out hard and scoring," he said.
White also said he owed a lot of the credit to the line as well.
"They gave us the push we needed and they gave me outstanding protection on my passes," he said.
Ludlowe's defense stymied the Presidents' offense all game. Senior defensive back Dan Silvestri was a big factor in that with his three interceptions. He picked off Jahaad Williams' passes twice in the first half and got Tashaun Ballard on an interception at the goal line to the end the game to protect the shutout for the Falcons.
"Danny had an outstanding game for us, he really redeemed himself for last week," McCloskey said.
Ludlowe scored what amounted to be the dagger after White completed a pass to Zadravec for a first down deep into Harding territory on a fake punt. White then scored on a 1-yard run. Christian Ghiorzi finished off the scoring for the day with a touchdown run from 17 yards out in the fourth quarter.
White echoed the setitment of his coach when it came to ending the losing streak.
"It's great satisfaction," he said. "I'm happy to finally get a victory, it's been way too long."
FAIRFIELD LUDLOWE........................................14 7 7 7----35
HARDING..........................................................0 0 0 0----0
FL----Zadravec 4 pass Matt White (Victor D'Ascenzo kick)
FL----Stephen Scholz 11 run (D'Ascenzo kick)
FL----White 1 run (D'Ascenzo kick)
FL----Christian Ghiorzi 17 run (D'Ascenzo kick)
Records: Fairfield Ludlow 1-3; Harding 0-4