GETTYSBURG ‚?? Football became a reality for a fledgling Misericordia program on Saturday.
Unfortunately, the scoreboard showed nothing but a harsh reality, as Gettysburg scored early and often in a 70-0 rout of the Cougars at Musselman Stadium.
‚??Yeah, 70-0 ... it hurts,‚?Ě Cougars quarterback Jeffrey Puckett said. ‚??But we did just make history. And we did give it everything we‚??ve got. We played our hearts out ‚??til the end.‚?Ě
The first play in Misericordia history went for a touchdown, as Freddy Caruso caught the kick from the Cougars‚?? Steve Clemson and was returned 89 yards for a score. Just 15 seconds into its history, Misericordia was down 8-0.
‚??It certainly wasn‚??t the way we wanted to start an era,‚?Ě Cougars coach Mark Ross said. ‚??We wanted to perform better than we did.‚?Ě
Disconnect the electricity from the scoreboard and there were positives for Misericordia.
Sloppy penalties -- for illegal procedures, formations and substitutions, as well as delay of game -- were virtually nonexistent. The first turnover in Cougars history did not take place in Gettysburg.
‚??Fundamentally, we didn‚??t tackle well and we didn‚??t get off blocks,‚?Ě Ross said. ‚??We talked about protecting the ball and not making mental mistakes, and we did well in that regard.‚?Ě
Puckett went the distance under center, connecting on 11-of-15 passes in the first half for 102 yards. His top target was Paul Brace, as the Dallas grad pulled down four passes in the first half for 46 yards, including converting a second-and-12 with a 22-yard out and a third-and-10 with an 18-yard curl -- catching a pass tipped en route.
‚??He did a great job getting open, Puckett said of Brace, who finished with 131 all-purpose yards. ‚??It was an easy pitch and catch with him.‚?Ě
Despite being the first game in program history, Puckett was poised in the pocket. He was sacked four times, but managed to finish with 113 yards in the air.
‚??The line blocked great today,‚?Ě Puckett said. ‚??Sometimes it was on me to make something happen, but they picked them up well.‚?Ě
Cody Lamoreaux, a junior absent from the two-deep roster, came on in the second quarter and found some running lanes after halftime.
‚??We kept playing hard for 60 minutes,‚?Ě Ross said. ‚??We had a good effort and commited a lot of the errors that come with a new team.‚?Ě
Gettysburg set a school record for yards rushing, tied one for extra points made and topped its modern scoring mark.
The Bullets ran for 546 yards on 55 carries, topping the 529 they had against Juniata in 2009. Robby Fay made eight PAT kicks for Gettysburg.
The 70 points exceeds the 61 scored against Susquehanna in 2010, and was last topped with 81 points against American in 1928.
G ‚?? Caruso 89 kickoff return (Hill pass from Smith), 14:45
G -- Delia 2 run (Fay kick), 6:52
G ‚?? Delia 4 run (Fay Kick), 3:09
G ‚?? Davis 22 pass from Smith (Fay kick), 45:55
G ‚?? Hutchins 1 run (Fay kick), 8:07
G -- Delia 5 run (Fay kick), 2:29
G -- Pennella 12 pass form Smith (Fay kick), 12:12
G -- McCarthy 16 run (Fay kick), 8:35
G ‚?? Miller 19 run (Fay kick), 14:18
G ‚?? Lowry 7 run (kick failed) 2:38
|Kick Return Yards||130||89|
RUSHING ‚?? MIS, Lamoreaux 15-28, Delgato 5-10, Washo 3-9, Custodio 12-1, Pheasant (1-(-3), Puckett 9-(-9); GET, Delia 12-94, Hutchins 11-90, Caruso 4-63, McCarthy 3-47, O‚??Rourke 3-44, Miller 2-41, Amicone 3-38, Smith 4-34, Lowry 4-33, Ulassin 1-23, LeNoir 2-16, Fessenden 2-14, Eliff 1-7, Andrews 1-4, Team 2-0.
PASSING ‚?? MIS, Puckett 13-21-0-113, Washo 1-2-0-4; GET, Smith 8-12-0-111, Eliff 1-2-0-5, Miller 1-2-0-3.
RECEIVING ‚?? MIS, Brace 5-52, Kowalski 2-21, Stelzer 2-20, Rowe 2-9, Barber 1-6, Johnson 1-5, Delgato 1-4; GET, Pennella 3-29, Caruso 2-49, Davis 1-22, Delia 1-7, Amicome 1-5, McCarthy 1-4, Sparks 1-3.
INTS ‚?? None
MISSED FG‚??S ‚?? None