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Rivalry: Ludlowe Dominates Warde To Win Thanksgiving Matchup

Ludlowe's starting offensive line and QB Matt White

Ludlowe was coming into the Thanksgiving game against Warde sitting at 4-5. A win would give Ludlowe a .500 record for the season, which is pretty incredible when you realize that they started 0-4.

Ludlowe got that win in dominating fashion. Ludlowe outplayed Warde in all aspects of the game after a sloppy start for both teams.

Early on, the Falcons were not able to get anything going offensively due to penalties.

Ludlowe took a 7-0 lead in the first quarter when Jimmy Gasper blocked a punt and then scooped it up and ran it in for a touchdown. Ludlowe would lead 7-0 after 1 quarter.

Ben Brzoski extended the Ludlowe lead to 14-0 as he rumbled 92 yards with a fumble return for a touchdown.

Max Garrett cut the Ludlowe lead to 14-7 on a 13 yard quarterback keeper around the left end. At the half, Ludlowe led 14-7.

It was a sloppy first half for both teams with four turnovers for Warde and two for Ludlowe. Ludlowe was helped by the defense and the great punting of Victor D’Ascenzo, to flip the field position in Ludlowe’s favor.

Matt White increased Ludlowe’s lead to 14 points on a 52 yard quarterback keeper down the left side with 8:24 left in the 3rd quarter for a 21-7 lead.

T.J Gallagher cut the lead when he ran in from 2 yards out to make the score 21-13 in favor of Ludlowe after a missed PAT. After 3 quarters Ludlowe led 21-13.

Kyle Dammeyer recovered his 2nd fumble of the day with 9:35 to play. Ludlowe continued to run the ball to keep the clock moving. Ludlowe would convert a huge 4th down at midfield on a White quarterback keeper for 2 yards and a first down.

After the 4th down conversion, the running game of Stephen Scholz, Christian Ghiorzi and Gasper took over. Ludlowe capped a 13 play drive with a Scholz 13 yard touchdown run to make it 28-13.

Ludlowe’s defense took over by sacking Garrett on 3rd and 4th down. The sacks were by Dammeyer and Jake Garrell, respectively.

Ludlowe capped the scoring when D’Ascenzo nailed a 32 yard field goal to make it 31-13 with only seconds to play.

The win gives Ludlowe town bragging rights and also the Gallagher-Banyas Memorial trophy.

The MVP’s of the game were White for Ludlowe and Mark Byrne for Warde.

Ludlowe finishes the season 5-5. Warde finishes 1-8

It was a great way for Ludlowe to send off Coach Matt McCloskey who was coaching his final Ludlowe game.

Congrats to the seniors for both teams.

Warde seniors: Max Garrett, Ryan Jacob, Kereveh Jacques, Dan Cetta, Dan Skelton, Christian Ocana, Dawud Mohamed, Tommy Ward, Matthew Bok, Gabe Dias, Travis Thompson, Melqui Gomez, Mike Astolfi, Conor McGuinness

Ludlowe seniors: Victor D’Ascenzo, Peter Cross, Danny Santella, Dan Silvestri, Nick Hughes, Tommy Howell, Stephen Scholz, Kyle Dammeyer, Mac Eder, Ben Brzoski, Matt Garoffolo, Brett Chockey, Alex Gorsuch, Sam Murphy, Ricardo Gutierrez

Shawn Sailer