UTICA – After watching film of Vernon-Verona-Sherrill’s 46-13 Carrier Dome loss to Notre Dame last week, head coach Jon Cole and his Central Valley Academy football team actually felt good about their chances Friday night.
The Thunder were feeling even better after spoiling Notre Dame’s home opener with a stunning 30-7 Class B East victory over the Jugglers at Brother Victor McCarthy Stadium.
Senior quarterback Josh Klosner ran for three touchdowns and threw a touchdown pass to cousin Adam Klosner and CVA’s defense limited Notre Dame to 14 total yards and allowed the Jugglers’ only first down with 3:39 left to play.
“We saw VVS do some good things on film, we knew that we played the same kind of power football as they do, and our kids just responded,” Cole said. “We were hoping we could control the football like that and defensively, we took pride in shutting them down and we really did a phenomenal job of doing that.”
Led up front by center Cory Blais, guards Robert Baker and , tackles Tom Smith and Ryan Bulger, and tight ends James Thorn and Noah Lynch, the Thunder were able to control the football and the clock and give 215-pound junior fullback Gunar Holmberg and the Klosners running room. Holmberg rushed for 77 yards on 17 carries, Adam Klosner ran for 64 yards on 18 carries, and Josh Klosner scored on touchdown runs of 4, 1 and 23 yards.
“We respect every team, but we were very confident,” Blais said. “We knew how to get it done, we knew what we wanted to do, and we got it done.”
The Thunder (2-0, 2-0), led by safety Adam Klosner, tackle Kyle Brewer and end Jacob Slaughter, “got it done” defensively, too, against a Notre Dame offense that gained over 400 yards in the season-opening win over VVS.
Notre Dame sophomore quarterback Jaylen Warmack, who last week threw for three scores and ran for two more, never had any running room and was held to minus-5 yards on 19 carries. Sophomore tailback Treijen Garrett, last week’s leading rusher, left with a leg injury in the first quarter and never returned, and Notre Dame’s first 11 offensive series netted minus-7 yards.
“We just kept Warmack inside and shut down their screens,” Adam Klosner said. “And we didn’t give up a lot of big plays.”
A lot? More like one, and that was Warmack’s 19-yard scramble late in the fourth quarter.
“That’s not Notre Dame football,” Jugglers head coach Jake DerCola said after only his third regular-season loss in three years. “That was embarrassing. They wanted it more and they smacked us in the mouth.”
CVA committed three turnovers in a scoreless first quarter and then Josh Klosner’s halfback-option pass to Thorn was nullified by a penalty, but moments later — on third-and-17 — Josh faked the screen and lofted a 20-yard touchdown pass to Adam with three minutes left in the half.
“Josh just threw a really nice pass and the corner went for the fake,” Adam Klosner said. “It was a big momentum swing.”
Fumble recoveries by Lynch and Dalton McCann were converted into CVA touchdowns midway through the second half. The Jugglers (1-1, 1-1) — although still without a first down — made a game of it when Warmack returned a kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown, but CVA’s defense kept making stops and Josh Klosner’s 23-yard touchdown run with 3:52 remaining sealed it.
Notre Dame, the Section III Class C champion the last two years, travels to Cazenovia next Saturday to face the defending Class B state champions.
CVA 30, Notre Dame 7
CVA 0-6-8-16 – 30
Notre Dame 0-0-7-0 – 7
CVA – Adam Klosner 20 pass from Josh Klosner (run failed),
CVA – Josh Klosner 4 run (Adam Klosner run).
ND – Jaylen Warmack 80 kickoff return (Tom Roefaro kick).
CVA – Josh Klosner 1 run (Adam Klosner run).
CVA – Josh Klosner 23 run (Adam Klosner run).