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January 3, 2007

 

Cards rally, continue upswing

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Associated Press/Alan Diaz
Wake Forest cornerback Riley Swanson, left, knocks away a pass intended for Louisville’s Mario Urrutia in the end zone in the fourth quarter of the Orange Bowl Tuesday in Miami. Louisville won 24-13.

MIAMI (AP) — Thanks to a late rally, Louisville remains on the rise.
The fifth-ranked Cardinals are assured of the highest final ranking in school history after mounting two long, late touchdown drives Tuesday night to beat No. 15 Wake Forest 24-13 in the Orange Bowl.
“We are on the upswing to be a powerhouse,” receiver Harry Douglas said.
Shortly after their first major-bowl victory in 15 years, the Cardinals were talking about finishing No. 1 a year from now. The Cardinals (12-1) blew an 18-point lead in their lone loss at Rutgers, which likely cost them a chance to play for this season’s national title.
“We start off with a high ranking next year,” said receiver Patrick Carter, who threw a touchdown pass. “We’ve proved ourselves, and we need to keep proving ourselves.”
A majority of starters return next season for coach Bobby Petrino — assuming he’s back for a fifth season with the Cardinals. Brian Brohm, who threw for 311 yards and was chosen the game’s most valuable player, said he’s leaning toward returning for his senior season next fall.
“We’ve got a great team coming back, and it’d be hard to pass up,” Brohm said. “Right now, coming back and trying to win a national title looks very appealing.”
Even the Cardinals’ seniors look forward to the program’s future.
“It’s something you can tell your grandkids about it — you were here with coach Petrino when it all started,” running back Kolby Smith said.
The Cardinals averaged 39 points and ranked second in the nation in total offense this season, but fell behind 13-10 in the final period before their high-powered offense went into gear. Touchdown drives of 81 and 71 yards on consecutive possessions sealed their first win in a major bowl since the 1991 Fiesta Bowl.
Anthony Allen scored two touchdowns, one on a trick play. Douglas made 10 catches for 165 yards.
Brohm finished 24-for-34, and his yardage total was the third-highest in Orange Bowl history, behind only Michigan’s Tom Brady and Southern Cal’s Matt Leinart. He completed 9 of 11 passes for 124 yards in the final period.
“He definitely took control of the game,” Carter said. “He showed his leadership there and ran the team really efficiently. That’s what put us up over the top.”
The Demon Deacons (11-3) still finished with their best season.
“Looking back on our season, you definitely have to be happy with what we did,” linebacker Jon Abbate said. “We turned the corner for Wake Forest football.”
Through three quarters, the Demon Deacons appeared on the verge of an upset, as mistakes plagued the Cardinals. They lost two fumbles in Wake Forest territory, Mario Urrutia dropped a potential touchdown pass, and Art Carmody was wide right on a 32-yard field goal attempt, only his fourth miss this season. A 14-yard Louisville punt led to a Wake Forest field goal.
“That’s like turning over the ball four times, and that can haunt you,” Petrino said.
The Demon Deacons also failed to convert several scoring chances. They committed three turnovers in Cardinal territory, and after moving 36 yards in the final minute of the first half, Sam Swank missed a 47-yard field goal.
“Too many mistakes,” coach Jim Grobe said.
But Swank made a 36-yarder to cap a 61-yard drive and put the Demon Deacons ahead 13-10 early in the fourth quarter.
The Cardinals responded with an eight-play drive capped by Allen’s 1-yard plunge for a 17-13 lead with 12:31 to go. They quickly forced a punt, and mounted a 10-play drive that ended with Brock Bolen’s 18-yard scoring run.
Wake Forest’s Riley Skinner went 21-for-33 for 271 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
“It never helps to lose in the fourth quarter,” Skinner said. “That kind of leaves a thorn in your side.”

Local teams stumble in ’07

Two area basketball teams opened the 2007 portion of their seasons on the wrong foot with on-league losses Tuesday.
The Cincinnatus girls were drubbed 66-13 by host Fabius-Pompey, while the DeRuyter boys hosted and lost to Morris 64-52.
GIRLS
Fabius-Pompey 66, Cincinnatus 13: The Red Lions fell behind 16-6 after one quarter and were outscored 20-0 in the second as they fell to 0-8 overall.
“The first minutes of the game we scored several points and moved the ball well,” Cincy coach Katy Wagner said. “After that we were cold, and could not hit a shot (10 percent from the floor for the game). The shots we took were good-looking shots, but would no go in.
“Fabius-Pompey ran the ball very well, and some miscommunication on our part did not help.”
Danielle Mulhern led the Red Lions with seven points and seven rebounds, the Falcons winning the boards 34-21. Kim Wehner had two assists to pace Cincy in that category.
Kayln Tuttle had 16 points, Lauren Scalisi 15 and Savannah Bumpus 13 for the winners, now 4-3.
Cincinnatus hosts Rome Catholic Monday in a Center State Conference Division 4 game. The Red Lions are 0-5 in league play.
BOYS
Morris 64, DeRuyter 52: The visitors moved to a 24-11 lead after the first quarter and were never headed, though the Rockets, now 2-9, whittled the lead to less than 10 several times in the second (Morris led 38-27 at the half) and fourth.
Dustin McClure led DeRuyter with a triple-double, scoring 18 points, 14 rebounds and 10 blocks. Jacob Newton added 11 points, and Nick Brown 10. “We were very tentative to start the game,” Rockets coach Kim Brown said. “Instead of being aggressive, we were passive on the offensive end. Morris forced the issue, and we couldn’t match their intensity.
“It’s tough to maintain any type of offensive flow when you lose your main low-post threat. Dustin picked up two fouls in the first quarter, which meant we had to proceed without his services. He worked hard in the low post, exhibiting great body control on both ends of the floor. It’s tough to take as a coach when he did all the right things on offense and defense and still picked up two questionable fouls.”
Mark Jacobsen led the Mustangs with 17 points, including 11 in the first quarter, while Matt Joyce added 16, Ed Polimeni 11 and Sean Babbit 10.
“I can’t fault the kids’ effort,” Brown said. “As usual, it was there. We just need to get off to a better start and allow ourselves an opportunity from the first quarter.”
The DeRuyter JVs lost 70-68 in overtime and are now 6-5 on the season. No further information was reported.
Both Rocket squads visit Otselic Valley tonight, the JV contest getting underway at 5:30 p.m.

 

 

Trip north proves worthwhile for CHS

PHOENIX — The long trip north was worth it for the Cortland High volleyball team Tuesday night.
The Purple Tigers improved to 3-5 in the OHSL Freedom Division and overall with a 25-6, 25-18, 25-18 victory over host Phoenix. “This team is struggling to say the least,” Purple Tigers coach Mary Lou Bordwell said. “Our goal for the night was to limit unforced errors; we did a good job. Game one was with the starters, and we had no unforced errors. Alissa Claiser served a 10-point run with five aces; it was all us.
“We went with all underclassmen the second game, Amanda Cheetham being the only one playing in both games. She is our best setter for now, and she doesn’t come out. On the whole it wasn’t bad. Natalie Stiles and Chelsea Tollner played very steady defense and led the attack, Tollner with two kills.”
CHS’s underclassmen also started the third game and got out to a 13-10 lead, led by Cheetham’s serving and Lisa Frare’s attack, before the starters went in, all at different positions than they usually play. “Their instructions were to go in and concentrate, and to execute the position as if it were their own,” Bordwell said. “They did. Closing out the third game was not problem, and Brittany Babcock noted that she liked playing the outside Hitter position.”
Claiser had five aces, a kill and an assist on the night, while Babcock had three aces, two kills and a block kill, Tollner a team-high three kills and Cheetham five assists.
Cortland lost the JV match in two games, scores not reported. Julie Bush had a streak of six serving points, including four aces, in the second game and Lisa Dovi was cited for her overall leadership.
Both Cortland teams visit Nottingham Thursday.