DANSVILLE — Josh Laurie touchdown pass to Jason Doemling. If you were in Dansville on Friday night, you heard this a lot. Laurie connected with Doemling for three touchdown passes in LeRoy’s 35-6 win over Dansville.
Laurie threw four touchdown passes on the night, including one to Ryan Boyce. Both Boyce and Doemling stand at over 6’ tall and the Knights looked to their big receivers early and often.
“We have some taller athletes on the outside and that’s something we want to use to our advantage,” LeRoy coach Brian Herdlein said. “A goal for tonight was to establish the run game and we did that in the first half, which opened up the passing game.”
After a three and out by Dansville to start the game, LeRoy drove down the field and Laurie connected with Doemling for the first touchdown of the game on a short slant play. On LeRoy’s next possession, Laurie found Boyce for a five-yard touchdown to put the Knights up 14-0 late in the first quarter.
“We started off well in the first quarter, just like last week,” Herdlein said. “We got up pretty early and continued from there. I thought we did a good job.”
LeRoy took a 28-0 lead in the second quarter on Doemling’s second receiving touchdown of the game and on a short touchdown run for senior running back Nate Flint.
The Mustangs tried to get on the scoreboard late in the half, but turned the ball over on downs at LeRoy’s nine-yard line.
“LeRoy took advantage of our holes and we couldn’t capitalize on most of our opportunities,” Dansville coach Terry Conway said. “LeRoy had a lot of playmakers and we couldn’t matchup against their wideouts.”
Dansville came out in the second half down 28-0 and blocked a LeRoy punt early in the third quarter. The Mustangs started their possession inside the LeRoy 25 and they got on the board with a four-yard touchdown run by Thomas Earner. After a blocked extra point, the Mustangs trailed 28-6.
Earner finished the game with 15 carries for 60 yards and a score. That was all the scoring the third quarter would see, as neither offense could get anything going.
“The third quarter of both games so we far we’ve struggled,” Herdlein said. “That’s something we need to work on. I think this week was better than last week and we will keep getting better at it.”
LeRoy would cap the scoring with a Laurie 44-yard touchdown pass to Doemling with 7:12 left in the game. LeRoy would win the game 35-6.
“I told our guys this was a loss and you’re going to have to learn how to deal with losses,” Conway said. “It’s only a loss if you don’t learn from it.”
One of the few bright spots for Dansville was senior lineman Adam Green. Green finished the game with five tackles and three sacks.
“He’s a relentless player,” Conway said. “He doesn’t have the greatest foot speed, but he’s aggressive and his motor is always running. We can always rely on him to go full speed.”
The Mustangs (1-1) will travel to Caledonia-Mumford for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff on Friday. LeRoy (1-1) will host Wellsville on Friday.
NOTES: Many gathered at Ralph Clements Field to remember the 50th Anniversary of some "glory days" in Dansville when the 1966 and 1967 high school football teams went unbeaten and won 16 straight games ... From the numbers standpoint for LeRoy: Nate Flint rushed for 96 yards on 11 carries and a touchdown, Josh Laurie was 7-14 though the air with four touchdowns, Jason Doeming had 6 receptions for 149 yards and three touchdowns, Cole Biggins had an interception and 6 tackles, Ryan Boyce one reception for 5 yards and a TD ... For Dansville, Tom Earner rushed 17 times for 57 yards and a touchdown, Parker Bolton had six tackles.