Eagles take two OT's, beat Canastota

Ludden falls at home to Watertown IHC

Once more, J-E's defense stepped up in the second OT, making the stop. Getting the ball back, the Eagles could win with any points - and got it on second down when Robles, from 18 yards out, put in the winning touchdown.

As that was going on, Bishop Ludden was going up against undefeated, state Class C no. 18-ranked Watertown IHC, unable to contain the Cavaliers in a 34-13 defeat as its record fell to 2-4.

The Gaelic Knights hoped that IHC was looking ahead to next week's Class C North championship showdown with General Brown, but that did not prove the case as the Cavaliers got on the board in the first quarter with Cole Carpenter's one-yard TD pass to Nick Koelmel.

Briefly, Ludden tied it, 7-7, when Conlan McGuire moved his team to IHC's eight-yard line and found Cameron Beauford in the end zone, Travis Cote adding the extra point, but the Cavaliers would take control with 21 unanswered points in the next two periods.

Koelmel struck the decisive blows. After catching his second short TD pass from Carpenter, he received a punt at his own 30-yard line late in the half and zoomed back 70 yards for his third score of the night, which made it 21-7 at the break.

IHC tacked on two more touchdowns in the second half, Carpenter throwing a five-yard pass to Mike Marra and Jordan Trudeau scoring on a two-yard run. Ludden's last points came on Anthony Pecoriello's 18-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter.

The Gaelic Knights finish its regular season hosting Port Byron/Union Springs next Friday at 7 p.m, while J-E is also home, taking on Skaneateles, whose hold on the Class C West regular-season title ended on Friday with a 24-21 defeat to Syracuse's Institute of Technology Central.

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