Ithaca tops Saxons in E8 showdown
ITHACA, NY – The Alfred University football team dropped a 17-6 decision at Ithaca College in an Empire 8 Conference matchup Saturday afternoon.
After a scoreless first quarter, Ithaca jumped on top with two second-quarter touchdowns to take a 14-0 lead at halftime. The Bombers added a third-quarter field goal before the Saxons broke through with a touchdown with 9:49 left in the final frame.
AU freshman quarterback Tyler Johnson (East Syracuse, NY/East Syracuse-Minoa) hit senior tight end Alec Ladonis (Nescopeck, PA/Berwick) with a four-yard scoring toss to cap a 13-play, 73-yard drive that took 4:21; the extra point failed and AU trailed 17-6. AU had two more drives, but both ended in interceptions.
With the loss, AU falls to 3-2 overall, 1-1 in Empire 8 play. The Bombers improve to 4-1 (2-1 Empire 8). The teams were evenly matched, as Ithaca outgained AU 380 yards to 371 and held a slight 22-20 advantage in first downs. The visiting Saxons, however, had three turnovers, while the host Bombers made no miscues.
Johnson completed 21 of 43 passes for 292 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions. Senior wide receiver Jonathan Ruffin (Copiague, NY/Copiague) caught six passes for 146 yards; senior wideout Josh Phillips (Syracuse, NY/West Genesee) caught five for 50; and senior wide receiver David Lee Tack (Newark, NY/Newark) caught three for 52. Alfred was held to 79 yards rushing, with Johnson accounting for 59.
Ithaca tailback Rakim Moore ran for 170 yards and a TD and quarterback Tom Dempsey threw for 166 yards and a touchdown to Brendan Wojtowicz.
Sophomore middle linebacker Corry Wallace (Mastic Beach, NY/Longwood) had a game-high 13 tackles (one for loss, one-half sack) to lead the AU defense. Senior linebacker D.J. Welch (Avon, NY/Avon) had 10 tackles (one-half sack); sophomore linebacker Peter Diak (West Henrietta, NY/Rush-Henrietta) had nine tackles; and senior defensive back Seiji Hinton (Freeport, NY/Freeport) had two tackles for loss.
Linebacker Jake Santora (nine tackles) and defensive back Tom Scanlon (forced fumble) each had an interception to pace the Bomber defense.
Alfred is in action next on Saturday, Oct. 19, at 1 p.m. at home against Hartwick.
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