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In front of a huge opening night crowd at Ferraro Field, the Frankfort-Schuyler Maroon Knights started the 2013 high school football season with a bang, defeating Class “C” East rival Utica Notre Dame Jugglers, by a score of 56-35.
Senior quarterback / safety Joe DeSarro ran for three touchdowns and intercepted two passes to lead the home team to the big season opening victory.
The relatively inexperienced Jugglers got on the board first in this one, silencing the big Frankfort fan base early on.
Junior quarterback Kevin Warmack hit sophomore receiver Jerome Brabham with a 52 yard touchdown pass to give Notre Dame a quick 6-0 advantage.
ND barely had time to celebrate the touchdown and the early lead before Frankfort-Schuyler answered with back to back touchdown runs by DeSarro and running back Mitch Shortt, to close the first quarter with Frankfort on top 16-6.
Shortt finished the evening with 129 yards on 18 carries, while racking up four touchdowns in the winning effort tonight.
The second quarter was all Frankfort, as the Maroon Knights took advantage of four Jugglers turnovers, which were turned into two touchdown runs by Shortt and one from DeSarro, sending the Knights into the intermission with a 38-14 lead.
At the half, Notre Dame head coach Byron Abraham told ESPN Radio 99.1 FM – My Hometown Sports, “We knew coming in that we were young and it was going to be trial by fire,” adding “We are going to make some adjustments and get right back out there and try to win the second half,”
Frankfort head man Jeff LeGase spent a couple of moments with us at the half and he said that neither club was overly sharp in the early going, but that it was only the first game of the season and that is almost to be expected.
Frankfort and Notre Dame traded touchdowns to start the third quarter. The Knights took a 44-14 lead when Mitch Shortt scampered 38 yards for a score in the opening moments of the second half.
Notre Dame tailback Alex Kondzielawa then scored from one yard out, just over three minutes later, to pull the Jugglers to within 44-21.
Justin Kiesow’s 28 yard touchdown rush put Frankfort back up 50-21, which is the way we’d end the third frame.
Joe DeSarro countered with a 38 yard TD scamper of his own just four minutes later to put F-S back up 56-28.
Kevin Warmack scored yet again on a one yard touchdown run with under two minutes to go in the game, followed by another Nick Abraham extra point to make it 56-35, which is the way this one would end.
The victory for Frankfort (0-1) ended a three year winning streak for Notre Dame (0-1) in this rivalry.
The win also gives Frankfort – Schuyler the inside track toward the Class “C” East division title.
After the game, Monster Energy Drink Player of the Game Joe DeSarro told ESPN Radio 99.1 FM – My Hometown Sports that while the Maroon Knights have their sights set on a trip to the Dome and a Section III title, “We are not looking past one single team, we are preparing for every team as though they are the best we’ll face adding, “We’re really confident in ourselves and feel we have what it takes this year.”
Frankfort will travel to Mt. Markham next Friday for another division game. Notre Dame will travel to Holland Patent for another Class “C” East contest.
Frankfort-Schuyler 56 Notre Dame 35
1 2 3 4 Total
ND 6 8 6 15 35
FS 1 6 22 12 6 56