Football Concludes 2010 Season With 34-9 Victory Over Bucknell

Ryan Taggart

WORCESTER, Mass. – Senior wide receiver Freddie Santana (Staten Island, N.Y.) totaled 170 all-purpose yards to lead the Holy Cross football team to a 34-9 victory over Bucknell at Fitton Field. Santana led the team with six receptions for 118 yards and a touchdown, in addition to rushing twice for a team-best 39 yards and returning one punt for 13 yards. Holy Cross improves to 6-5 overall and 3-2 in the Patriot League with the win, and finishes the year with a winning record for the sixth consecutive season. Bucknell concludes the 2010 campaign at 1-10 overall and 1-4 in the conference.

After a scoreless first quarter, the Bison opened the scoring at the 13:23-mark of the second period on a 19-yard field goal by Alex Eckard. Freshman wide receiver Mike Fess (Caldwell, N.J.) then returned the ensuing kickoff 75 yards for a touchdown, to put the Crusaders up 7-3. Later in the second quarter, senior quarterback Ryan Taggart (Bedford, Texas) scored on a one-yard run and senior placekicker Rob Dornfried (Berlin, Conn.) booted a 34-yard field goal, giving Holy Cross a 17-3 lead at halftime.

In the third quarter, Dornfried kicked his second field goal of the day, from 28 yards, to make the score 20-3. Santana then caught a 43-yard touchdown pass from senior wide receiver Bill Edger (Hainesport, N.J.) to put the Crusaders up 27-3. Early in the fourth quarter, Taggart scored his second touchdown of the day on a 15-yard run. Bucknell then concluded the scoring with 12:10 to play in the game on an eight-yard touchdown pass from Brandon Wesley to Gabe Skwara.

Taggart finished the day with 182 yards of total offense, completing 13 of 27 passes for 154 yards and rushing 10 times for 28 yards and two scores. On the defensive side of the ball, junior linebacker Ricky Otis (Cleves, Ohio) had a team-high 12 tackles, while senior defensive end Mude Ohimor (Stoughton, Mass.) added five tackles with a sack and a forced fumble.

Bucknell was led by Wesley, who completed 18 of 30 passes for 115 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

Prior to the game, Holy Cross honored the 25 members of its senior class, who were taking part in the final game of their collegiate careers. The senior class helped lead the team to a 29-16 record over the last four years.