J-E runs to easy win in home opener

Eagles hammer ITC; Ludden holds off Watertown IHC

— Home at last, the Jordan-Elbridge football team knew only one proper way to celebrate the occasion.

J-E went out on a chilly Friday night and, in front of loud and supportive fans at a refurbished John Howes Stadium, ran all over Syracuse's Institute of Technology Central, easily winning this battle of Eagle teams by a 34-8 margin.

With the win, J-E improved to 2-1, and proved that it could shake off a defeat, as it had lost 14-7 to Tully the week before.

But it wasn't difficult to get motivated, because J-E was at home for the first time since 2009, having spent all of last season at various road and neutral venues.

Right away, J-E's strategy against 0-2 ITC was apparent - run as much as possible. In fact, the plan worked so well that it did not have to throw a pass all night, gaining 421 yards on the ground.

Leland Holmes and Colby Trexler got most of the carries. Holmes accumulated 168 yards on 12 tries, while Trexler needed 19 carries to earn 162 yards. It was Trexler that put J-E in front in the first quarter on an 18-yard run, Anthony DiSanto adding the extra point.

Holmes would get his own TD on a 26-yard run in the second quarter, J-E taking a 14-0 lead to the half. As this was going on, the hosts were playing superb defense, constantly forcing ITC into punting the ball.

Frank Bratkowiak led the defense with 11 tackles, while Mitch Cooper contributed 10 tackles. Colin Ennulat added nine tackles and Tom Albring got seven tackles. Cody Reed recorded an interception.

Adding to his own offensive contributions, Holmes had eight tackles, three of them solo, and two sacks. And he twice would find the end zone in the third quarter on runs of two and 16 yards, expanding J-E's lead to 27-0 before Trexler added a one-yard TD run in the final period.

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