Fisher beats AU football team, 48-13, in Courage Bowl IX
PITTSFORD, NY – Host St. John Fisher scored 41 unanswered points, all in the second quarter, en route to a 48-13 victory over the Alfred University football team in Saturday afternoon’s Courage Bowl IX.
After AU (7-3, 5-2 Empire 8) took an early 7-0 lead, the host Cardinals answered with six second-quarter touchdowns, two scored by the defense, to take a 41-7 halftime lead. AU scored with 4:31 left in the third to make it 41-13, before Fisher closed out the scoring with a TD 1:31 into the final frame.
With the win, Fisher improved to 8-2 (5-2 Empire 8) and remained unbeaten in the Courage Bowl, an annual game that benefits Camp Good Days and Special Times, a Rochester, based organization that provides residential camping programs and year-round recreational and support activities and events to children suffering from cancer. Prior to this year’s game, the previous eight Courage Bowl games pitted Fisher against the University of Rochester.
In Saturday’s game, the Saxons took an early 7-0 lead after AU sophomore middle linebacker Corry Wallace (Mastic Beach, NY/Longwood) intercepted Fisher near midfield on the Cardinals’ opening drive. Thirteen plays and 44 yards later, AU freshman quarterback Tyler Johnson (East Syracuse, NY/East Syracuse-Minoa) plunged in from four yards out and Alfred led with 7:33 left in the first.
Fisher responded with six second-quarter TDs -- the first came with 13:09 remaining in the second and the last with 2:46 left before halftime.
Alfred’s second touchdown came on a 29-yard scoring pass from freshman quarterback Dominic Scavo (Hornell, NY/Hornell) to senior wide receiver Josh Phillips (Syracuse, NY/West Genesee).
Alfred had six turnovers in the game, four more than the two the Saxons had combined in their previous four games. AU also allowed 198 yards rushing to a Fisher team that came in averaging 145 on the ground. The Saxons came into the game averaging 396 yards of offense but were held to 260 on Saturday, including just 68 rushing.
Johnson threw for 33 yards with two interceptions before he was relieved by Scavo, who threw for 159 yards, a touchdown and two INTs. Phillips finished with six catches for 109 yards and a TD. Senior tailback Tyler DeRosa (Miller Place, NY/Miller Place) had 22 yards rushing to lead the Saxons.
Wallace finished with a team-best nine tackles and a forced fumble to go with his interception (his fourth of the season). Sophomore cornerback Calvin Bain (Rochester, NY/East) had six tackles and an interception and senior safety Seiji Hinton (Freeport, NY/Freeport) had six tackles, including a sack.
Alfred will now wait for word on whether it will receive a berth in an Eastern College Athletic Conference Bowl Championship game. The ECAC will announce pairing for its bowl games on Monday.
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