Ithaca Rambles Fast-Starting Saints
CANTON - After St. Lawrence University took a 6-0 lead on its first drive of the game, the 11th-ranked Ithaca College football team ran off 52 unanswered points to defeat the Saints on Saturday afternoon at Leckonby Stadium.
The Bombers amassed 545 yards on 78 plays on offense, with quarterback Joe Germinerio completing 19-of-27 passes for 306 yards and four touchdowns. Will Gladney caught eight passes for 135 yards and three touchdowns for Ithaca.
The Saints opened the game with a seven-play, 80-yard touchdown drive. Andrew Murphy batted the ball to himself for a 45-yard catch to convert a 3rd-and-10, and Tyler Grochot found Joseph Viscardo in the front left corner of the end zone on the next play for a 14-yard touchdown pass.
Germinerio answered on the next drive with a 32-yard scoring pass to Gladney to give the Bombers a 7-6 lead, and Nicholas Bahamonde hit a 29-yard field goal to give Ithaca a 10-7 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Ithaca scored touchdowns on all four of its offensive drives in the second quarter. Germinerio plunged in on a one-yard quarterback keeper, Isaiah D'Haiti added a 10-yard scoring run, and Germinerio added touchdown passes to Gladney and Austin Hedglen.
The Bombers capped the scoring in the half with a 70-yard interception return for a touchdown by Michael Roumes with just 14 seconds remaining in the half.
Germinerio found Gladney for a 12-yard touchdown pass on the first drive of the second half to give Ithaca a 52-6 lead.
St. Lawrence first-year Ryan Watson scored his first career touchdown on a 10-yard interception return later in the third quarter to cut the lead to 52-13.
Ithaca scored its final points of the game early in the fourth quarter on a two-yard run by Chase Hebron, and the Saints capped the scoring on a 10-yard run halfway through the final frame.
Tyler Grochot was 15-for-36 passing for 213 yards with one touchdown and four interceptions for the Saints. Aaron Ruthman, who took over for Grochot early in the second half, was 7-for-12 passing for 81 yards, and also added 22 rushing yards on five attempts. Battaglia had 73 rushing yards, while Viscardo had six catches for 72 yards for the Saints.
Germinerio and AJ Clifford both had 47 rushing yards for Ithaca, while D'Haiti added 46. Michael Anderson had five catches for 97 yards.
Sean Murphy led the Saints with 10 tackles and a forced fumble. Michael Gigantelli added nine tackles, and Tyler Burns and Ricky Hober both had seven.
Kevin Schoch had five tackles and an interception to lead the Bombers' defense.
St. Lawrence fell to 2-3 overall, 0-1 in the Liberty League, while Ithaca improved to 4-0, 1-0. The Saints have a bye next week, then go on the road to face Union on Oct. 19.