SCHEDULE – It took one minute and 18 seconds in the second quarter of their sixth game, but on Saturday the Union football team finally found themselves lagging behind a rival for the first time in a year.
“To be honest,” said Union Defender William Bellamy, “I didn’t even know it.”
Bellamy didn’t need to worry. This did not last long.
After St. Lawrence took the lead with a touchdown set by a blind punt, Union responded with an 11-game 69-yard move that Ike Ayrabor completed with a 6-yard touchdown to get back ahead.
From that point on, a balanced and effective attack, combined with a closed defense, allowed the Dutch to break away confidently, ending with 31 unanswered points in a 37-7 defeat at Frank Bailey Field.
“When you gain an advantage, it allows your defense to breathe a little,” Bellamy said. “It’s a goal to get ahead early, put your foot in their throats and just keep pounding on the rock.”
Union (2-0 Liberty League, 6-0 overall) did not compile a detailed list of high-profile games on the road to a convincing victory.
The Dutch had just one game over 20 yards long, but Irabor had 30 goals for 106 yards and two touchdowns, substitute Jonathan Anderson added 59 yards and two touchdowns, and Bellamy made 18 of 25 assists for 200 yards, connecting eight. various receivers on the day that the All-American preseason competition was watched from the sidelines by Andre Ross Jr.
“The game plan was to improve efficiency,” Bellamy said. “With the athletes we have, we’re kind of greedy and we like to push the ball across the field, but you’ve seen what can happen today if we improve our running game and soften the corners. We can just take them apart. “
“We played more receivers today. I think they deserve the right to play throughout the training week, ”said Union head coach Jeff Berman. “They came out, and [Bellamy’s] it is comfortable to throw to any of those who are there. “
Union scored in all four possessions in the first half, but the Dutch were just 16-7 at half-time as the attack was stopped three times in the red and ultimately came down to Andrew Lau’s chip-shot from the field.
That changed in the second half when Union turned all three red-zone opportunities into touchdowns.
“It was a great feeling,” Irabor said. “We knew that we could play in this team today, and we got to where we needed to achieve. It took a little longer than it should have, but in the end we got there. “
St. Lawrence (0-1, 3-2) tried to surprise Union with an offside kick to start the second half, but Garrett Cafaro recovered for the Dutch in midfield and Bellamy engineered a 12-game touchdown that saw Irabor convert to fourth. -and-1 before breaking into the end zone from two yards in the next game.
The Union defense kept St. Lawrence one yard away from their first three possessions in the second half, while Anderson hit a 1 yard touchdown, making the game with three possessions en route to the fourth quarter.
Anderson added an 18-yard mark in the fourth to complete the game, writing Irabor who saw his heaviest load of the season with 30 carry-overs and covered 100 yards in his second straight game.
Aside from a short leg cramps in the third quarter, things went smoothly for Irabor, who has carried the ball 52 times in the last two games after missing the Union’s fourth week game against Utica due to injury.
Union’s defense limited St. Lawrence 256 yards, of which 115 yards came in the Saints’ last two passes after the result was largely set – both of which ended in ledges on the downs.
With six wins on the book in the first weeks of the season, it’s time for Union’s farewell week, which will allow the team to recuperate before stretching on October 23rd in Rochester.
“Let’s [Irabor] recovered, let’s cure Andre Ross as he also struggled with some injuries, ”Berman said. “This is a good time to heal all the bumps and bruises a bit before we head into a really, really improved Rochester team that we need to be prepared for.”
SLU 0 7 0 0 – 7
Union 6 10 14 7 – 37
U – Lau 29 field goal
U – Lau 30 field goal
SLU – Schmitt 1st heat (Bocock kick)
U – Irabor 6 run (kick Lau)
U – Lau 23 field goal
U – Irabor 2 race (kick Lau)
U – Anderson 1 run (kick Lau)
U – Anderson 18 run (kick Lau)
RPI 24, BUFFALO ST. 16
TROY – George Marinopoulos made a couple of touchdown passes to Peter Lombardi ahead of the undefeated RPI past State Buffalo.
The Engineers (2-0 Liberty League, 6-0 overall) took a 24-3 lead after passing Jake Kaznowski with a 31-yard touchdown to Vinnie MacDonald in the fourth quarter final game, providing ample protection against a pair of late Buffaloes. Established (0-2, 0-5) landings.
Marinopolus completed 15 of 21 assists for 194 yards, including nine for 88 yards at Lombardi.
Buffalo Street 0 3 0 13-16
RPI 7 7 10 0 – 24
RPI – Lombardi 19 pass to Marinopoulos (hit by McDougall)
BSC – Sciandra 30 Field Goal
RPI – Lombardi 17 pass to Marinopoulos (hit by McDougall)
RPI – McDougall 27 Shots Forward
RPI – McDonald 31 pass to Kazanovski (McDougall kick)
BSK – Sionko 5 run (Ssiandra blow)
BSC – Jackson 35 pass from Sionko
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