Irish post win over Hawks
A quick two touchdown scoring burst just before half-time sparked Notre Dame to a 32-22 victory over visiting Holley this afternoon in a Genesee Region League football season finale.
Leading by a narrow 6-0 margin, Notre Dame upped the advantage to 19-0 at the half as quarterback Connor Logsdon threw a 30 yard touchdown pass to CJ Souzzi with 4:41 to go and then Jack Sutherland broke loose to a 35 yard TD run with just 35 seconds remaining. Sutherland also scored the first TD for the Irish on an 8 yard run in the opening quarter.
Holley did mount two good scoring threats in the opening half but were stopped both times by the Irish defense. First, quarterback Nick Passarell ran 25 yards to the Notre Dame 20 but the drive was halted on downs. Then Parrick Purtell recovered a Irish fumble for the Hawks at the Notre Dame 36 but again the threat was stopped on downs.
Then just before half-time a penalty wiped out a 35 yard Passarell to Clarence Moyer pass completion down to the Irish 15.
Holley cut the deficit to 19-6 midway through the third quarter on a 3 yard touchdown run by Passarell. A big 28 yard pass completion from Passarell to Moyer set up that threat. A fumble recovery by Ryan Andrews gave the Hawks possession to set up the opportunity.
Passarell then came up with a big defensive play on the next series stopping a Notre Dame drive by intercepting a pass in the Holley end zone.
However, the Irish quickly pulled way to a commanding 32-6 advantage as Peter Daversa scored on an 11 yard run with 1:15 to go in the third quarter and again on a 13 yard run just 1:26 into the fourth quarter. An Irish interception at the Hawks 29 set up the second score.
Holley though closed strong as Passarell completed two touchdown passes to Moyer covering 27 and 48 yards in the last three minutes. Passarell also ran for the two-point conversion after the second TD to make the final score 32-22.
Notre Dame finishes the regular season at 5-1 in the league and 5-2 overall while Holley winds up at 0-6, 0-7. Both teams will begin post season play next week.