Aldrich, Sabers Slash Holy Cross

October 7, 2018

SUSQUEHANNA — Eli Aldrich won’t have many games as good as his first outing at defensive end. The junior interior lineman moved to the outside because of injury and responded with four sacks, including one for a safety, as Susquehanna rolled to a 49-6 win over Holy Cross in a Lackawanna Football Conference Division IV game Saturday at William Emminger Memorial Field. “It was kind of different because I’m usually a tackle or a nose and I just try to go inside, but I had to keep my head and go outside,” Aldrich said. “But Coach (Curtis) Mills coached me up really good and I did my best with it.” Susquehanna (4-3 overall, 2-2 Division IV) recovered a fumble on Holy Cross’ (2-5, 1-2) opening possession and took over at the Crusaders 33. Adam Roe had four carries for 26 yards on the five-play drive, including a 3-yard touchdown run to give Susquehanna a 6-0 lead. The Sabers then forced a punt that Mason Deakin returned 29 yards to the Holy Cross 11. A penalty moved the ball to the 6 and Anthony Dolfini scored on the next play to push the lead to 13-0. On Holy Cross’ next possession, a snap went over quarterback Jake Wiercinski’s head. Wiercinski picked up the ball in the end zone, but Aldrich was right there for the tackle and the safety. Deakin then returned the free kick 43 yards for a touchdown and Susquehanna led, 22-0. “(Getting points from defense and special teams) is really good, especially when your quarterback is sitting on the sidelines on crutches,” said Susquehanna head coach Kyle Cook, noting he hopes to have quarterback C.J. Stone back in a couple weeks. “It takes the pressure off of the offense a little bit. Three phases of the game coming up big helped the offense a lot putting some points on the board so we could open things up a bit more.” On the Crusaders’ next possession, Aldrich picked up another sack on third down to force a punt. Susquehanna then drove 55 yards in four plays and Sam Cosmello scored on a 10-yard run to push the lead to 29-0. Roe scored his second touchdown of the game on a 22-yard run on Susquehanna’s next drive. Then Aldrich got sacks on consecutive plays to force Holy Cross into a third-and-32. “I got a good rush and threw the tackle or the tight end or whoever was guarding me off me and I just ran at the quarterback,” Aldrich said. Dolfini added a 15-yard touchdown run late in the second quarter to give Susquehanna a 42-0 halftime lead. The Sabers ran for 260 yards and six touchdowns with nine players getting carries. Contact the writer: hsmith@timesshamrock.com

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