Ludlowe gets job done in season opener
Published 10:16 pm, Friday, September 12, 2014
FAIRFIELD -- The halftime message was simple, just go out there and do your jobs.
Despite controlling the ball for almost the entire second quarter and outgaining Lyman Hall by over 100 yards, Ludlowe, thanks to two costly turnovers, found itself leading just 6-0 at halftime. But rather than read his players the riot act, Falcons coach Vin Camera was cool, calm and collected.
Go do your jobs, he told them.
And the Falcons did. Senior quarterback Bryan Pacewicz scored three touchdowns in the third quarter to blow the game open as Ludlowe rolled past Lyman Hall 43-0 in its season opener Friday night at Taft Field.
"We came out flat and we turned the ball over," said Camera. "We gave them a second chance and we never got into a rhythm. We gave them a couple of turnovers and we knew we had to play better than that, so I told them to go do their jobs. It's the theme of our season, just do your job. Play hard, play together, trust in each other and do your jobs."
Pacewicz scored on runs of 3, 2 and 33 yards in the third quarter as the Falcons rolled up 256 yards rushing. Pacewicz had a team-high 84 yards on 11 carries and Ludlowe also got solid ground efforts from Daleek Chambers (68 yards), Christian Ghiorzi (42 yards) and Jack Daley (40 yards).
"We stepped it up in the second half," said Pacewicz, who also completed 11 of 14 passes for 118 yards. "We started running it up and down the field on them. We had a lot of energy, we were moving the ball. It was a great team win."
A fumbled punt before its first possession and a fumble at the end of the first quarter kept Ludlowe from keeping any kind of momentum. But the Falcons got on the scoreboard first when Ghiorzi scored from a yard out to complete an 11-play, 79-yard drive midway in the second quarter to make it 6-0.
A 53-yard burst by Chambers to open the third quarter led to the first of Pacewicz's three touchdowns that opened the margin to 28-0 after three. Backup QB Aiden Kudzy's 1-yard TD run with 9:14 to play pushed it to 36-0 and Seamus Harding's 20-yard fumble recovery with just over three minutes left iced it. Jake Tymon booted three extra points for the Falcons.
And while the Ludlowe offense was recording 374 yards of total offense, the defense was stopping everything in its path, holding the Trojans to just 20 yards rushing and 53 passing.
"We only started two seniors on defense last year and that was our Achilles' heel at times," said Camera. "We always left like we had to outscore everybody. This year, we thought our defense could be our foundation. So far, so good."
LYMAN HALL 0 0 0 0--0
LUDLOWE 0 6 22 15--43
L--Christian Ghiorzi, 1 run (kick failed)
L--Bryan Pacewicz, 3 run (Pacewicz run)
L--Pacewicz, 2 run (Jake Tymon kick)
L--Pacewicz, 33 run (Tymon kick)
L--Aiden Kudzy, 1 run (Seamus Harding run)
L--Harding, 20 fumble recovery (Tymon kick)
Records: Lyman Hall 0-1, Ludlowe 1-0