High school football coaches can appreciate when a plan comes together.
LeRoy coach Brian Moran, on the verge of a 200th varsity victory, has seen a few of his strategies work.
A 29-20 win Friday night for LeRoy over Bishop Kearney is the latest success for Moran and the Oatkan Knights, who improved to 6-0.
Bishop Kearney (5-1), a clear contender to win the Section V Class D Championship, entered the Livingston County Division II game as a team that scored 51.8 points a game. The Kings clobbered all but one of their opponents on the scoreboard before their matchup with LeRoy.
The Oatkan Knights were in control on this night, despite that Bishop Kearney finished with more offensive yards than LeRoy, 383 to 335.
LeRoy used a bit of power, no surprise given past success of the team’s running game. The Oatkan Knights possessed the ball the first 7:15 of the game. A total of 241 rushing yards allowed LeRoy to somewhat keep the ball away from the Kings. Tom Kelso, a senior, led LeRoy with 89 yards on 21 carries.
LeRoy used a bit of speed, as senior receiver Ryan McQuillen went behind Bishop Kearney’s secondary to grab two touchdown throws by Mike McMullen, plus eluded a defender in the backfield to reach the corner of the end zone for a key score in the fourth quarter.
Once LeRoy established a double-digit lead, the team used a bit of chess-like play, especially in the second half. A trade of yards gained by the Bishop Kearney offense for time off the clock was acceptable and effective for the Oatkan Knights. The final 14 points for the Kings came in the final 1:50 seconds, with the aid of a recovered onside kick.