BATH — On Senior Day at Haverling High School, The Rams defeated the visiting Livonia Bulldogs 15-14 in an exciting Section V matchup.
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After Derek Bishopp plunged over the line for a 1-yard score midway through the first quarter, the Bulldogs offense went silent until early in the fourth quarter. The stifling first half defense held the Rams scoreless, but they couldn’t keep the Haverling offense quiet all game.
“Our opponent played really well,” said Bulldogs head coach Steve Girolmo. “Coming down the stretch, they did a wonderful job.”
Five minutes into the third quarter, Senior quarterback Daniel Leonard launched a 30-yard touchdown pass to Bruce Rinker. Livonia responded with a 4-yard rushing score by Jordan Cauwels, putting the Bulldogs up 14-7 late in the fourth quarter.
Leonard responded with two minutes left, putting his head down and rumbling across the goal line on a 1-yard run, then calling his own number for a successful two-point conversion. Livonia had one last shot to win the game, but a trick play backfired, as Derek Bishopp’s pass was picked off by the Rams’ Michael Rice.
“Game-plan wise, it was fine,” said Girolmo. “We just couldn’t stop Dan Leonard; he was the difference in the ballgame.”
With the loss, the Bulldogs drop to 4-2. They’ll wrap up the regular season next Friday night at home against Wellsville. Haverling moves to 4-2, and finishes their regular season next Friday at Hornell.