Falcons fall to Harding
Published 3:55 pm, Tuesday, October 11, 2011
The Fairfield Ludlowe football team played a great defensive show against Harding, but a fumble by its offense deep in its own territory kept Ludlowe from getting into the win column.
"Our defense played a tremendous game, it all came down to one play," said Ludlowe head coach matt McCloskey. "We have to regroup, plain and simple."
It was the first win of the season for Harding, which gave up an average of 37 points per game in its three losses.
"We played an inspired game," Harding head coach Jim Morris said. "We faced so much adversity the last three weeks, and the guys just hung together."
Ludlowe's defense held Harding to 86 total yards. The Presidents' star running back, Taquan Broadway, gained 71 yards on 15 carries.
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But even though his defense found a way to shut down Broadway, McCloskey said that was no consolation.
That's because his offense was even more anemic. The Falcons remained winless in four tries because their offense was held to 71 yards, and that included a 35-yard pass from White to Peter Cross, and a 43-yard run by Patrick Ferrio. Ludlowe's offense ran 43 plays, and 13 of those resulted in negative yardage.
"I have four starting offensive linemen hurt, there are three sophomores starting on the line," McCloskey said. "I'm not going to take that (from Harding), the game did not go the way we thought it would go."
Harding cornerback Jahaad Williams had an interception and Broadway batted down a pass.
"The kids really played their hearts out because they understood what was at stake," Harding head coach Jim Morris said. "This was about more than tonight, this is about our program. They believe in what they are doing and hopefully they'll reach their goal."
With 6:54 remaining in the third quarter, Courtney Robinson punted to the Ludlowe 16 yard line. Ludlowe was called for holding on its ensuing play and pushed back 10 yards, then White was tackled by David for a five-yard line to set up Voss's heroics.
Ludlowe had one final chance when Dan Silvestri returned a punt 28 yards to the Harding 47 with 26 seconds left to play. But on Ludlowe's next play, Markeith Buster recovered a fumble after Oscar Jiminez stripped White on Ludlowe's last offensive play.
On the same drive which White hooked up with Cross for a 35-yard completion, the Falcons had a big play nullified by a clip. With 8:37 left to play, Cross hit Stephen Scholz on a screen pass that resulted in a 55-yard gain, but the penalty on Ludlowe was called at the line of scrimmage.