By John Godar
Saturday’s Homecoming game was a knock ‘em down, drag ‘em out affair that unfortunately didn’t go Holy Cross’ way, as the Crusaders lost to the Lafayette Leopards 10-7. This is the second straight tough loss for the Crusaders.
Coming off a tough overtime loss on the road to Dartmouth last week, the Crusaders were hoping to avenge themselves with a big homecoming win over a winless Lafayette. However, it was clear from the start of the game that the Crusaders were in for a battle. The first quarter came and went without a score, as both teams struggled to gain yardage. It was a struggle that would continue throughout the game.
In the second quarter, Holy Cross finally broke the seal with 11:47 left when sophomore tailback Miles Alexander found the endzone on an eight yard scamper. The lead would hold for the rest of the quarter. However, on the whole, it was a half full of missed opportunities for Holy Cross. They drove into Leopard territory five times in the first half, but only scored once. Those drives included getting stopped on fourth down twice, and a 41-yard missed field goal attempt.
Late in the third quarter, Lafayette struck back with a 32-yard touchdown pass. After that, the score would remain tied until the very last play of the game. Freshman kicker Jeffery Kordenbrock sent a 43-yard kick through the uprights, setting a new career long and winning the game for the Leopards in the process.
Lafayette’s game winner was set up by a Holy Cross turnover-on-downs on their own 33 yard line. After the turnover, Lafayette ran three times for seven yards to run the clock down before Kordenbrock won the game.
Even though it was a crushing loss for the Crusaders, there were still a lot of positives for Holy Cross. Their defense was stifling, holding Lafayette to 220 yards. Their run defense was particularly suffocating, holding Lafayette to -6 rushing yards. On the offensive side of the ball, Holy Cross gained 319 yards. Peter Pujals threw for 191 yards on 26-47 passing and added 44 rushing yards on six carries to lead the team in rushing too.
Holy Cross plays Monmouth this Saturday at 1:05 at Fitton Field.