SYRACUSE At least from the standpoint of the abbreviated regular season in 2012, the Bishop Ludden football team has clinched a winning record.
Big plays, including touchdowns from five different players, helped the Gaelic Knights record a 33-13 victory over Jordan-Elbridge in Friday night's Class C West division battle.
Given the wet conditions, it was little surprise that the Gaelic Knights and Eagles (trying to break a three-game skid) played through a scoreless first quarter, waiting for someone to break through.
That happened early in the second period, on both sides. Ludden quarterback Zach Harding capped off a drive with a one-yard TD plunged, and J-E answered, moving to the Gaelic Knights' two-yard line before Brad McMahon punched it in.
At that point, thanks to a missed Ludden conversion and Brian Matousek's PAT, J-E owned a 7-6, but by halftime the Gaelic Knights had seized control.
Harding connected with Malik Stenson on a 35-yard scoring pass and Ludden went in front. Minutes later, Corey Wilkinson, who finished with 102 yards on the ground, had his most meaningful run of the night, a 26-yard dash to the end zone that made it 19-7 at the break.
Ludden could not match that pace of points in the second half, but didn't need to, either, as its defense kept the Eagles off the board until Adam VanWart scored from two yards out in the late going.
By then, Anthony Pecoriello struck for a 46-yard TD run, and Harding had one more big pass, a 58-yard connection to Antoine Montgomery that counted for six points.
Both Ludden and J-E close the regular season with road games, the Gaelic Knights going to Onondaga and the Eagles facing Institute of Technology Central at Clary Middle School.
A very short drive from where Ludden and J-E squared off, Westhill took its shot at defending Section III Class B champion Chittenango, and could not handle the Bears in a 43-14 defeat.