McMahon pulls away from Ludlowe
NORWALK -- The McMahon football team entered play Friday night unbeaten in the FCIAC and as the No. 1 team in the league's power point standings.
Kentrell Snider scored all four touchdowns for the Senators, who move to 6-0 in the FCIAC.
Albano said his defense won the game, but McMahon's execution on offense left quite a bit to be desired.
"The defense played well but overall we did not play well enough and that starts with me," Albano said. "We didn't coach well enough, we didn't prepare well enough and we didn't play well enough. It's that simple."
Aside from a dominating defensive performance, the Senators were able to punch the ball in four times, capitalizing on good field position and turnovers.
Albano acknowledged the Senators scored when presented with the opportunity, but even the field position battle could have been better for his team, especially early in the game.
"I thought the field position in the first half was awful," Albano said. "I think that was the difference between the first half and the second half. In the first half we punted from the 20, then we punted from the 30 then we punted from the 40 so at least I knew we were moving the field position. Hats off to (Ludlowe), they also played a great defensive game."
Ludlowe took an early lead after a McMahon punt from the end zone only traveled 11 yards, setting the Falcons up in the red zone.
A facemask penalty on the first play brought the ball down to the 2-yard line, where Chris Howell was able to dive in, making it 7-0 Falcons.
Ludlowe would not get inside the 20 again as McMahon's defense held them in check all evening.
Ludlowe coach Vin Camera said he would not change a thing about his game plan, but would have liked to seen his defense get McMahon off the field in big spots.
"Our defense has trouble at times just getting off the field," Camera said. "I feel like we have gotten teams into third downs all season and we let them off the hook. Their defense was clockwork of what I thought it would be. They showed a 6-man front on first down and a 4-man front on second and third down. I still have my offensive game plan and I wouldn't change a thing."
Snider scored on a 1-yard run, making it 7-7 after one quarter and got in from 6 yards out with 31 seconds remaining in the half.
Snider then punched in runs of 1 and 2 yards in the fourth quarter to put the game away.
Notes: Ludlowe WR Patrick O'Leary was injured and had to be taken off in an ambulance with 4:21 to play in the game with an apparent head injury.
McMahon 27, Ludlowe 7
MCMAHON 7 7 0 13--27
LUDLOWE 7 0 0 0--7
L--Chris Howell 2 run (Jake Tymon kick)
M--Kentrell Snider 1 run (Diego Partida kick)
M--Snider 6 run (Partida kick)
M--Snider 1 run (kick failed)
M--Snider 2 run (Partida kick)
Records: L 3-5, 6-1