Fairfield Ludlowe football notebook
Ryan to the rescue
Ludlowe benefitted from having a terrfic athlete and depth on Saturday as the Falcons were forced to turn to receiver Nate Ryan as a running back. Ryan has been Ludlowe's deep threat in its passing game, but came through as a running back, amassing 85 yards and two touchdowns for the injured Kyle Finnegan.
"He stepped up when we needed him to," head coach Matt McCloskey said.
The Falcons have used Ryan all year as their top receiver, along with tight end Devin Brault and Steve Gasper. Ryan is versatile and showed power in his runs as well. McCloskey was complimentary of his junior back.
"He's a pretty good football player," McCloskey said. "He's a versatile back."
It should be noted that Ludlowe's four losses, including its first three losses in the Falcons' first three games, have come against four of the top-13 teams in the state. New Canaan, Staples, Bridgeport Central and Ridgefield are a combined 33-3 and Central and Staples will meet in the FCIAC championship game on Friday night in Trumbull.
"Losing to those four teams, for us, it's not bad," McCloskey said. "We had a tough beginning schedule and we have come through in all of the rest."
The Falcons have taken care of business against everyone else. Ludlowe beat Norwalk, McMahon, Harding and Westhill, four bottom feeders in the FCIAC, but still won the games they were supposed to. The Falcons also have a forfeit win over Randolph High School (N.Y.)
The Falcons next performance will be the last game of the year for Ludlowe's 17 seniors. Ludlowe will close its year with archrival Warde, in a game that needs no buildup. Both teams will both be over .500 playing against each other for the first time since Fairfield High School split.
"It's a big game and we're running on all cylinders," McCloskey said. "We've just got to keep doing what we do."