Regular-season play for the Bishop Ludden and Jordan-Elbridge football teams ended in wildly varying manners against Class C West division opponents.
The Gaelic Knights got the better of it, shutting out visiting Port Byron/Union Springs 20-0 Friday night entirely on points in the second half, while the Eagles’ faint playoff hopes were dashed at home by defending champion Skaneateles in a 42-14 defeat.
Ludden, sporting a 2-4 record going into the night, had little at stake, other than a chance to give the departing seniors one more home victory.
But during a 0-0 first half, neither the Gaelic Knights nor Port Byron/Union Springs were able to solve each other’s defenses, and the longer it went like that, the more those first points would matter.
It was Conlan McGuire and Cameron Beauford breaking the stalemate during the third quarter. Taking a snap from midfield, McGuire threw deep – and found Beauford, who went the rest of the way for a 49-yard touchdown. Travis Cote’s extra point put Ludden ahead 7-0.
That was all the points the Gaelic Knights needed, since its defense was in top form, but it still managed to put the Panthers away in the fourth quarter.
Taking a punt on his own 45, Jack Morgan found a hole in the coverage and took off on a 55-yard sprint to the end zone that made it 13-0. As an extra treat, Anthony Pecoriello, from his own 21, beat the entire Port Byron/Union Springs resistance in a 79-yard TD scamper as the game wound down
The opposition for J-E proved much more daunting. Clearly, the 24-21 defeat Skaneateles took to ITC on Oct. 11 in a first-place Class C West showdown at Hyatt Stadium left no ill effect, as the Lakers scored 35 points in a span of 10 minutes during the first half to put the Eagles away.