Tuesday, October 12, 2010

This week in Ross football history....1980


Friday night, October 17th 1980 the Little Giants faced the Presidents of Marion Harding in a Buckeye Conference tilt. The game was played in a downpour at Harmon Stadium but the rain didn't hamper the Ross defensive effort. The Ross defense however hampered Marion all night long allowing the President minus 23 yard rushing for the game.

Eric Gant started the Little Giant scoring by stopping Harding back Bill Canada two yards deep into the endzone giving Ross a 2-0 lead. Eric Bates then scored for the Little Giants on a 12 yard TD run in the second quarter to put the purple and white up 9-0.

That 9-0 lead lasted through halftime and until the 5:03 mark of the third quarter when Little Giant QB Mike Eicher scored to put Ross up 15-0. Eicher also scored on a quarterback sneak in the fourth quarter to put Ross up 22-0. Clay Keim finished the Fremont scoring on a four yard TD run. The PAT pushed the score to the final 29-0 total.

The Ross defensive effort was led by Jim Casey, Eric Gant, Shawn Simms, Orlando Carter, Dennis Murray and Bob Lotycz. Their great effort allowed the Eicher led Little Giant offense do their job. Eric Bates led Ross rushers with 109 yards on 26 carries.

With the win the Little Giants moved to 4-0 in the Buckeye Conference and 7-1 overall.

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