J-E, Ludden both score impressive wins

Eagles shut out Hannibal; Gaelic Knights handle ITC

— Just like J-E, Ludden quickly took command, as Mike Works scored on runs of four and 24 yards in the first quarter. That plus, Matt Rogers' two-point pass to Antoin Montgomery, made it 14-0.

Rogers and Montgomery connected again on a 51-yard TD pass in the second period to counter ITC's Michael Waldron scoring on a 59-yard run. At the break, Ludden held a 21-6 edge.

They again exchanged scoring drives in the third quarter, Rogers running 14 yards for his TD, and it was 27-12 going to the final period, where the Gaelic Knights really got away.

Works, who finished with 132 yards on 16 carries, notched his third TD on a three-yard run, and Corey Wilkinson recovered an ITC fumble in the end zone for another score. John Mahar's nine-yard TD run completed the surge.

All this leads to a huge showdown next Friday as Ludden hosts Skaneateles. The Lakers, like Hannibal a Class C newcomer, announced its presence with a 54-31 win over defending sectional champion General Brown, a game where quarterbacks Troy Green and Conor Herr combined to throw for 469 yards and five touchdowns.

J-E, meanwhile, hits the road once more, this time for a trip to Tully, before having that long-awaited home opener Sept. 16 against ITC.

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