Elmira Notre Dame halted in state football semifinal - Catholic Courier

Elmira Notre Dame halted in state football semifinal

Elmira Notre Dame’s memorable football season has finally ended, one stop short of the state-championship game.
 

The Crusaders suffered a 20-6 loss to Jamestown Southwestern of Section 6 in a state Class C semifinal played Nov. 22 at PAETEC Park in Rochester. Notre Dame finished with a 9-3 record and its first Section 4 Class C title since 1998.
 

Though they never led against Southwestern, the Crusaders hung tough much of the way against the Buffalo-area school. Southwestern drew first blood, taking a 7-0 lead by scoring on its opening drive as Dan Imfeld made a 1-yard touchdown run. Notre Dame then got on the board when Joe Thurber connected with Sam Karam for a 31-yard touchdown pass with four minutes remaining in the first half. The score was set up by a Zach Stephens interception. However, ND could not convert the two-point attempt for the lead, so the score remained 7-6. ND had another chance to go ahead with a first-and-goal opportunity just before halftime, but came away with no points.
 

Southwestern upped its lead to 13-6 in the third quarter on a 12-yard touchdown run by Zack Sopak. ND was still within striking distance in the fourth quarter, but Sopak’s 38-yard TD run proved to be the game’s final score.
 

Notre Dame was outgained in total yards by the Trojans, 335-190. Matt Buice led the Crusaders with 47 rushing yards and 17 tackles.
 

Southwestern marked the third straight team to come into its postseason game against ND with a perfect record. The Crusaders had reached the Final Four with a 48-21 quarterfinal win over Section 3’s Westmoreland on Nov. 15 behind 424 yards of total offense. In the contest prior to that, on Nov. 8, Notre Dame claimed the Section 4 crown by winning 14-6 over Greene.

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