2017-10-01 / Sports

NL clinches play-off berth with win over Detroit Voyageur


New Lothrop’s Mason Ruddy (9) crosses the goal line with a Detroit Voyageur defender draped over his back in Friday’s 36-6 win for the Hornets. The score was the Hornets’ first touchdown of the night. 
Photo by Keith Salisbury New Lothrop’s Mason Ruddy (9) crosses the goal line with a Detroit Voyageur defender draped over his back in Friday’s 36-6 win for the Hornets. The score was the Hornets’ first touchdown of the night. Photo by Keith Salisbury NEW LOTHROP – New Lothrop’s varsity football team clinched a state play-off berth last Friday night with a resounding 36-6 win over visiting Detroit Voyageur College Prep as the Hornets reached the magical six-win mark and remained undefeated this season.

Detroit Voyageur put up some resistance, but NL scored on its first offensive possession and found the end zone twice more in its four total series of downs before intermission.

Mason Ruddy was the workhorse for the Hornets, especially on the first possession, as he ran the pigskin eight times for 48 yards. His final carry of the opening series was an 18-yard TD run down the left side of the field. Ruddy then tacked on the PAT to cap the opening drive that covered 76 yards and ate up 7:25 off the clock. No NL play went more than 10 yards until Ruddy’s six-point score.


Hornet defender Nathan Ide (40) hauls down Cougar quarterback Desmond Ambrose in the backfield in Friday’s win over visiting Detroit Voyageur College Prep. 
Photo by Keith Salisbury Hornet defender Nathan Ide (40) hauls down Cougar quarterback Desmond Ambrose in the backfield in Friday’s win over visiting Detroit Voyageur College Prep. Photo by Keith Salisbury New Lothrop expanded the lead to 13-0 when Ruddy passed to Joey Quaderer for a 20-yard TD on the first play of the second quarter. Quaderer caught the ball over the middle and carried three Cougars defenders with him for the final 15 yards on his way into the end zone. The PAT attempt was wide left.

The Hornets fumbled on their third possession, but Ruddy hooked up again with Quaderer with 3:54 left in the first half on the next NL series, this time for a 12-yard score, that made it 19-0. Ruddy then ran in the two-point conversion and New Lothrop took a 21-0 advantage into intermission.


New Lothrop quarterback Mason Ruddy (9) throws to an open Joe Quaderer (20) in Friday’s 36-6 win over visiting Detroit Voyageur College Prep. Below, Quaderer fights his way to the end zone despite the best efforts of the Cougar defense at the end of the play. Quaderer scored the second touchdown of the night on the play, carrying a group of Cougar defenders with him. 
Photos by Keith Salisbury New Lothrop quarterback Mason Ruddy (9) throws to an open Joe Quaderer (20) in Friday’s 36-6 win over visiting Detroit Voyageur College Prep. Below, Quaderer fights his way to the end zone despite the best efforts of the Cougar defense at the end of the play. Quaderer scored the second touchdown of the night on the play, carrying a group of Cougar defenders with him. Photos by Keith Salisbury Neither team scored in the third quarter, but NL sandwiched a pair of touchdowns around a lone Cougars score in the final stanza. Quaderer scored on a 3-yard run with 8:23 left in the game and Avery Moore passed to Trenton Moriarity for a 38-yard strike that completed the scoring for the night just 3:16 before the final buzzer.

Ruddy finished with 123 yards rushing on 16 carries and scored one TD on the ground. He completed all three of his passes to Quaderer for 49 yards and two touchdowns. Quaderer also rushed for 53 yards and a score on 10 attempts while Moore ran for 44 yards in addition to his 38-yard pass to Moriarity.

Ben Bigelow was a dominant force on defense with eight solo tackles, three assists and a pair of sacks. Austin Wendling had 5.5 tackles while Quaderer and Travis Indlekofer each recorded 5.0 stops.

The Cougars came into the contest with a 4-1 record but proved no match for the Hornets, who amassed 347 yards of offense to just 184 for the visitors.

New Lothrop will take its perfect 6-0 record on the road this Friday when it travels to Beecher to take on the Buccaneers.

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