Eagles take two OT's, beat Canastota

Ludden falls at home to Watertown IHC

Combine a heart-stopping comeback with the resolve to make it through two extra periods, and it produced, for the Jordan-Elbridge football team, a defining victory in the 2013 season.

The Eagles, shut out until the fourth quarter of Friday night's game at Canastota, erased a double-digit deficit and, in double overtime, went on to beat the Raiders 18-12.

With that win, J-E improved to 3-3 on the season, quite an improvement from the one win it attained a season ago, and a tribute to the hard work put in by first-year head coach Tim Hawkins and his young core of players.

Part of what they had learned was not to get too discouraged if things didn't go well early. At Canastota, that was certainly the case as the Raiders battled its way to a 12-0 halftime lead.

Matt Russitano got it started, going 15 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter. Canastota doubled the margin in the second period when Anthony Sicilia, from the Eagles' 13-yard line, found Ryan Zophy in the end zone.

And it stayed 12-0 deep into the fourth quarter, J-E unable to move the ball much, but staying patient and waiting for opportunities that, midway through the fourth quarter, finally started to emerge.

Brad McMahon capped off the Eagles' first scoring drive with a 12-yard TD run, only to see the extra point missed, which kept it at 12-6. Then J-E got the ball back and, as time ran low, drove to Canastota's one-yard line before Sam Robles drove in for the tying score.

With a chance to go in front, J-E saw the extra point blocked, and so it was 12-12 as regulation ended. In overtime, each team gets a possession on the opponent's 20-yard line, but in the first extra period the Eagles and Raiders were both unable to score.

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