Oxford 29, Elmira Notre Dame 12
ELMIRA – Oxford made marked improvements on offense in one week, and the defense shut Elmira Notre Dame down for 3 1/2 quarters in Friday’s opening-game victory.
The Blackhawks showed no ill-effects of the nearly two-hour drive to Elmira for a non-league game. After recovering a short kickoff from the Crusaders to start the game, Oxford scored its first touchdown of the season in just three plays. On the first play, senior back Bryan Simpson burst up the middle, stiff-armed aside the END safety, and rumbled nearly 20 yards. Quarterback Angelo Gonzalez hit Nick Neer for 22 yards on a screen pass, and Simpson scored from six yards out on the next play. “That first play, Bryan just leveled their safety and kept running,” said Oxford coach Jeff Newton. “That play set the tone for the game.”
Oxford scored on its third possession of the game when Gonzalez hit Kevin Davis from 10 yards out, the first of two TD connections from the two juniors.
Simpson rushed for 133 yards on 19 carries, and added a second TD run in the fourth. In the interim, a bad snap by Elmira led to an Oxford safety, and by the time the backups saw full-time duty, Oxford led 29-6.
“The kids were really excited before and after the game, and they were beside themselves after the win,” Newton said. “They’re starting to believe that discipline and hard work equals success.”
Notre Dame gained just 168 total yards, and better than 70 of those came in mop-up time. When the game was on the line, Newton credited his entire defense, and linebackers Richard Ryan and Simpson in particular. “The defense definitely play well, and Richard and Bryan were key components to the middle of the defense,” Newton said.
Oxford plays Dryden this Friday. Dryden piled up 56 points in a victory over B-G this weekend. “With every game, we want to be as physical as we can and set the tone as best we can,” Newton said of his upcoming matchup.
Score by quarters
Oxf. 13 7 2 7—29
END 0 6 0 6—12
O: Bryan Simpson 6 run (Nick Neer kick)
O: Angelo Gonzalez 10 pass to Kevin Davis (kick failed)
E: Sam Bruner 3 run (run failed)
O: Gonzalez 17 pass to Davis (Neer kick)
O: Safety, END player tackled in endzone.
O: Simpson 7 run (Neer kick)
E: Tyler Jones 10 run (pass failed)
Rushing: Simpson, 19-133; Neer, 5-29; Garett Sylstra, 4-29; Gonzalez, 4-17; Trenton Lyons, 1-6; Josh Nelson, 1-14; Francisco Quintana, 1-(-9). (E) 39-123 yds (Tim Davis, 14-91)
Passing: (O) Gonzalez, 3-8-0 49 yds, TD; Neer, 0-1-0. (E) Tyler Jones, 4-12-0, 45 yds.
Receiving: (O) Davis 2-27, Neer, 1-22; (E) Tim Davis, 3-20; Chris Whitson, 1-25.
Windsor 21, Greene 0