by Rob Tetro
By the end of the first quarter of its game against Fulton Friday, East Syracuse-Minoa had built an 11-point lead.
That lead and an injury to Fulton running back Mark Pollock early in the game proved to be too much for the Red Raiders as East Syracuse-Minoa won 53-10.
Early in the first quarter, East Syracuse-Minoa quarterback Sean Richardson threw a 37-yard touchdown pass to Jeff McDuffie for a 7-0 lead.
The Red Raiders came right back. After driving to the East Syracuse-Minoa 5 yard line, Fulton made the score 7-3 when Noah Sorbello made a 22-yard field goal.
Later in the first quarter, East Syracuse-Minoa struck again. ES-M made the score 14-3 when McDuffie scored on an 18-yard touchdown run.
Richardson threw another touchdown pass early in the second quarter to give East Syracuse-Minoa a 21-3 lead. Richardson’s second touchdown pass of the game was caught by Michael Gorney from 5 yards out.
The Red Raiders did what they could to stay close. Later in the second quarter, Fulton quarterback Jacob Crucitti scored on a run from a yard out, which cut East Syracuse-Minoa’s lead down to 11 points at 21-10.
Before the first half ended, East Syracuse-Minoa found the endzone again. Richardson threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Michael Gorney, which gave East Syracuse-Minoa a 28-10 advantage going into halftime
East Syracuse-Minoa kept it going during the second half. Early in the third quarter, Nick LoBello scored on a run from five yards out for a 34-10 lead. Later in the third quarter, McDuffie struck again on 10-yard touchdown run.