Fairfield Ludlowe blanks Harding to end losing skid
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 shared Scholz's sentiment about the Falcons' 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.
Ludlowe grabbed 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-yard 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 the Falcons 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 with three interceptions.
Silvestri picked off Jahaad Williams twice in the first half and got Tashaun Ballard on an interception at the goal line to protect the Falcons' shutout.
"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 sentiment 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."