Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Week four in Ross football history....1971


Week four of the 1971 football season saw the undefeated Little Giants take to the road for the first time that year. The purple and white made the trip to George Daniel Stadium in Lorain to take on Buckeye Conference foe Admiral King.
The first conference tilt of the '71 campaign had the large Fremont crowd that made the trip east uneasy for the first half as Ross was only able to put six points on the board before the bands took the field. Those points were scored when Little Giant workhorse Tom Liggins bulled his way into the endzone from the one yard line with 7:37 left in the half. The TD capped an eight play, 60 yard drive. The PAT failed but Ross was able to keep the Admirals out of the endzone and took that 6-0 lead into the locker rooms at the midway point of the game. Admiral King did threaten in the first half, making it to the Ross 16 yard line, but the powerful Little Giant defense clamped down and stopped the AK offense from moving any further.

The second half was all Ross as the Little Giants moved up and down the field and the defense stymied the Admirals every time they touched the ball. Ross took the second half kickoff and moved 56 yard down the field in seven plays. Rob Lytle capped that second drive with a six yard TD run. Lytle also scored the two point conversion and the rout was on. The next Ross scoring drive was a four play 75 yard effort that started with an 11 yard Ben Lopez to Bob Brudzinski pass play. The drive was capped by a 30 yard touchdown run by Tom Liggins.

Rob Lytle had two more TD runs on the night. One was a three yard jaunt that ended a seven play, 45 yard drive. The next was a four yard TD run that came at the end of six play, 46 yard drive.

Chuck Lindsey also scored for Ross. His score came on a 13 yard run after Dave Mierke had recovered an Admiral fumble at their 32 yard line.

For the night Rob Lytle carried the ball 24 times for 172 yards. Tom Liggins toted the ball 21 times for 97 yards.

With the win the state-ranked Little Giants moved to 1-0 in the Buckeye Conference and 4-0 on the season. The win was the first for Ross over Admiral King since the Lorain school joined the Buckeye.

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