Londonderry’s big plays bury Alvirne, 41-15

HUDSON – The Big Play ruined a big day for Alvirne as they hosted traditional Division I power Londonderry in Hudson. The Lancers (6-1) had two 80-yard touchdowns, two 41-yard touchdowns and a 50-yarder as they cruised to a 41-15 victory over the Broncos.

Londonderry quarterback Eric Fairweather rushed for 194 yards on just 14 carries to lead the visitors, while Alvirne quarterback Danny Brown did it through the air with 195 yards passing. The Broncos fell to 4-3 with the loss.

The visitors had great success stopping Division I’s top running back, Jack Mahoney. Mahoney battled his way to just 39 first-half yards rushing, with 12 coming on his final rush of the half.

Mahoney started the second half with a 34-yard run, but only finished with 76 yards rushing for the game.

“We didn’t control the line of scrimmage,” Broncos coach Tim Walsh said, “they did.”

The Broncos got a big game receiving from Andrew Stevens, who had six catches for 83 yards and took a number of heavy shots from the Lancer defensive backs.

Fairweather ended an up-to-then quiet first quarter with an 80-yard keeper outside. The Broncos did respond with a lengthy scoring drive of their own, led mostly by Brown’s passing. In fact, Mahoney was on the sideline for much of the drive, re-entering the game to cap off the drive with a one-yard run for the score.

From there, Londonderry took over, scoring only once in the second quarter (a 41-yard run by Michael Ryan), but built on their 14-7 halftime lead with two more touchdowns in the third quarter – a beautiful 80-yard run by Dennis Bishop and “short” pitch and catch between Fairweather and receiver David Weidenfeld for a 16-yard score. Kyle Byrd would add a 50-yard run and Jimmy Nee would return an interception 41 yards for the the other touchdown.

Bronco Michael Roberts threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Josh Warrington in the closing seconds of the game.