Humbled and shut out in the opening week of the 2010 season, the Bishop Ludden and Jordan-Elbridge football teams roared back with key victories within the Class C West division on Friday night.
Ludden's turnaround was particularly satisfying, in that, when it erased a 14-point deficit to beat Syracuse Institute of Technology Central 34-28 in its home opener in Geddes, it beat a very familiar face on the other sideline.
John Cosgrove coached Ludden to its greatest gridiron era, including the 2007 state Class C championship. But he left the Gaelic Knights after the 2009 season to take charge of the brand-new varsity program at ITC.
Tough as that was for Ludden partisans, it had to be tougher to watch an opening weekend where its Gaelic Knights got pummeled by Cazenovia 56-0 in the Carrier Dome - a day after Cosgrove's new charges opened with a 22-19 win at Tully.
Now Cosgrove brought his Eagles to Ludden to try and further the aggravation, and for a while it looked like ITC would pull it off.
The Gaelic Knights got its first points of the season and moved ahead 7-0 in the opening period with a scoring drive that culminated with Michael Works' one-yard touchdown run.
ITC countered and moved ahead 14-7 by the end of the period, Jebron Thomas getting both TD's on runs of 50 and two yards and hitting Delquan Ross for a two-point conversion.
They exchanged points in the second quarter, Ludden tying it with a long drive and Malik Merritt scoring on a two-yard run, the Eagles answering with Thomas going six yards for the TD and getting two more points. The Gaelic Knights trailed, 22-14, at halftime.
When a scrambling Thomas found Saquan Dozier for an 18-yard TD pass early in the third period, Ludden found itself trailing 28-14 and at an early-season crossroads. And it began to rally.