Monday, September 27, 2010

This week in Ross football history....1980


Week six of the 1980 season saw the Pete Moore coached Little Giants at Ely Stadium visiting the Elyria Pioneers. The Little Giants came into the game at 4-1 after losing to top ranked Cleveland Benedictine the previous week 21-12.

Eric Bates got the ball rolling for the Little Giants at the 8:33 mark of the first quarter. Bates sprinted in from 32 yards out to give the purple and white a 6-0 lead. The extra point attempt failed and the scored stayed 6-0 until the 2:41 mark of the first when Ross QB Mike Eicher bulled his way in from 49 yards out. Shawn Simms added the two point conversion and the Little Giants took a 14-0 lead over the Pioneers.

The powerful Ross defense took over and held Elyria until the fourth quarter when the Little Giant offense struck again. Eicher scored from one yard out and added the two point conversion to put Ross up 22-0 with 11:53 to go. Gary Paxson closed out the scoring by hauling in a 3 yard TD pass from Eric Bates. Bates added the two point conversion putting Ross up 30-0.

How powerful was the Little Giant defensive effort in bottling up the Pioneers? The total offensive output by Elyria amounted to 3 first downs and 15 total yards. Ross meantime rolled to 14 first downs and 301 total yards.

The Little Giants win broke a four game losing streak at the hands of the Pioneers and was head coach Moores first win over Elyria. Ross took over sole possesion of first place in the Buckeye Conference and moved the Little Giants to 5-1 on the season.

1 comment:

  1. Keith, I'm trying to help Art Bucci get the word out about a new tradition for football games that they are "Alumni Night" for one of the home games every year asking former athletes from any sport to come home for that game for a few activities. It's 10-22-10 versus Lima Senior. Meet at the scoreboard at 7:00 to form a "Alumni Spirit Tunnel" that the team will pass through on the way to the field. The night before, Thursday the 21st, there will be a get together/cookout at the stadium at 5:30. The cookout is free, people will need to pay to attend the football game.
    Thanks for any help. Great blog by the way.