Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Week five in Ross football history....1970


Week five of the 1970 season saw the resurgent Little Giant football program under the guidance of Chuck Shuff taking on the Presidents of Marion Harding at Harmon Stadium. Marion came into the game at 3-1 on the season but 0-1 in the Buckeye Conference after losing a hard fought 34-22 decision to Sandusky the week before. The Little Giants meantime, rolled into the game on the heels of a three game win streak, the longest since 1965. Ross was 3-1 as well, 1-0 in the Buckeye after a 28-14 win the previous week over Mansfield Senior.

Tom Liggins got things going for the purple and white in the first quarter scoring on a two yard run. Bill Burkett ran for the two point PAT and the Little Giants led 8-0. Liggins punched another TD over in the second quarter, this time from six yards out. The PAT failed and the Little Giants led 14-0. That score held up until the third quarter when Harding came back.

The third quarter was all Marion as the Presidents scored twice but failed on both extra point attempts. Roger Chase ran a touchdown in from four yards out to narrow the margin to 14-6. Later in the third Rick Huddle hauled in a 10 yard TD pass from Prexie QB Frank Gifford(I swear that's his name). As the quarter ended the Little Giants clung to a 14-12 lead.

The Little Giants got things rolling again in the final quarter. Sophomore Rob Lytle scored on a 31 yard TD run and Burkett scored the two point PAT putting Ross up 22-12. Fremont wasn't done and neither was Tom Liggins. The talented Little Giants Senior scored on a 20 yard TD run. The extra point was no good and Ross had a 28-12 lead which was also the final score.

Liggins led all ball carriers on the night with 27 carries for 120 yards. The Little Giants as a team finished with 331 total yards to 225 for the Presidents. With the win Ross moved to 2-0 in the Buckeye Conference and 4-1 overall. When the AP poll came out the following Tuesday the Little Giants were ranked 16th, the first time Ross appeared in the poll in several years.

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