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December 9-11 2021 Scoreboard

Notre Dame Cruises Into District Final With Dominating Win.

Written by: on Sunday, November 8th, 2020


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NEW TRIPOLI- Playing for the first time in three weeks, the Notre Dame Green Pond Crusaders looked rusty to start the game against the Olympians of Jim Thorpe, in the District XI 3A Semifinal game Saturday night at Northwestern Lehigh’s Tiger Stadium. But an explosive 22 point run propelled the 7-0 Crusaders to a convincing 64-28 win and setting up a showdown with unbeaten North Schuylkill next week at a site and time to be determined.

The Crusaders mishandled a punt, after holding Jim Thorpe to a three-and-out on the opening possession of the contest, which led to a 34 yard touchdown pass from Davier Calcono to Christopher Strika to open up the scoring.

Notre Dame had a punt blocked on their ensuing drive, giving the Olympians the ball at the Crusader 24, but Jim Thorpe’s Brandon Fasolino fumbled at the ten giving the ball back to Notre Dame. A 90 yard drive ensued with Izzy Rodriguez capping it off with a ten yard run to knot the game at seven with six minutes left in the opening quarter.

Quarterback Collin Quintano scored from four yards out after a fourteen yard drive, that started after the Olympians fumbled the kickoff following the Rodriguez score. Matt Frauen made the score 22-7 with a two yard run. Frauen finished the night with 225 yards on 17 carries as the Crusaders piled up 615 yards of offense on the night.

Jim Thorpe managed to trim the lead to 22-14 with a eight yard run off the edge by Fasolino on the first play of the second quarter, but that would be as close as they would get as Notre Dame reeled off 28 points in the quarter to make it 57-21 and put the game into mercy rule for the final twelve minutes.

First Robby Spirk was on the receiving end of a Quintano pass that covered 15 yards. Qiuintano hooked up with Rodriguez from 58 yards. Quintano also had a 80 run for another Crusader score. Quintano finished with 289 yards passing and 4 touchdowns, he also rushed for 96 yards and the one score.

“We’re fortunate and we’re happy that we were able to play that well against a very tough team.” Crusader coach Phil Stambaugh stated after the game. “That team wins eight, nine ten games very year. We knew it wasn’t going to be easy.” He concluded.

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