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October 24, 2008 - 10:16pm

Blue Devils get historic victory

posted by Brian Hillabush in Attica, football, sports, east rochester.

The Attica football team heard all week about how the program has only one sectional game victory in its history and that they had no chance of beating third-seeded East Rochester/Gananda.

They proved a lot of people wrong Friday night, picking up a historic 18-0 road victory.

"This is huge," coach Jeff Cusmano said. "It isn't a big secret that we have struggled in sectionals. Some of our guys were getting sick of hearing about it and they made an effort today to put their foot down and make history for Attica football."

The gameplan for the Blue Devils was simple - keep the ball out of the hands of Neil Dotterer, who is one of the best quarterbacks in Section 5 history.

It worked.

"We decided to try and keep the ball away from Dotterer," Cusmano said. "We tried to play smash-mouth football and get 3-4 yards per carry and keep the ball away from him. We were successful in doing that."

Andy Ruddock got the call and answered. The GR all-star running back rushed the ball a whopping 37 times for 164 yards to help Attica sustain long drives and keep the ball away from ER/Gananda's high powered offense.

"He showed us that he can carry the load," Cusmano said. "He keeps plugging along."

The only thing that Ruddock didn't do was get in the end zone.

Quarterback Brandon Rollins tossed two touchdown passes to Shawn Dupuis and Dave Jennings had a touchdown run late in the game.

The sixth-seeded Blue Devils (5-3) will get the winner of Saturday's game between Bath and Palmyra-Macedon next week.

 

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