Weather was not kind for the latest evening of Friday night football, with thunderstorms causing early delays and rain lingering hours after play resumed.
And of the many local teams trying to break into the win column, only Bishop Ludden proved successful, the Gaelic Knights building a big margin in the first three periods and holding off Institute of Technology Central 27-16 at Clary Middle School.
Elsewhere, it was nothing but frustration. Marcellus was close with defending Class B champion Chittenango before the Bears got away and prevailed 29-6. Westhill could not get on the board in a 13-0 loss to Cortland, while Jordan-Elbridge fell to Tully 34-6 and Solvay, still in search of its first win since 2010, took a 57-22 defeat to Homer.
Ludden’s game with ITC always has more meaning because John Cosgrove, who led the Gaelic Knights to the 2007 state Class C championship, coaches the Eagles.
Once it took the field, Ludden wasted little time taking charge. Zack Harding’s 55-yard touchdown pass to Antoine Montgomery and Corey Wilkinson’s two-yard run made it 14-0 by the end of the first quarter.
Harding took it in himself from 20 yards out, expanding the margin to 21-0 before halftime, and Wilkinson, who finished with 157 yards on 15 carries, scored his second TD on a nine-yard run in the third period.
That was enough as ITC did get a pair of late touchdowns, but were too far behind. Ludden improved to 2-1 on the season and gets a big test Friday when it visits 3-0 Tully, who had just beaten J-E to drop the Eagles’ mark to 1-2.
Amid the rain, J-E got a rare passing touchdown in the second quarter. Austin Barrigar, who completed just two passes all night, connected with Sean Ryan on a 20-yard scoring pass that briefly tied the game at 6-6.