Misericordia drops shootout to Gettysburg

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DALLAS —The first game of Misericordia’s second season of football went a lot better than the Cougars inaugural game — especially for sophomore quarterback Jeff Puckett.

After losing 70-0 last year to Gettysburg, Puckett and the Cougars played a highly competitive contest at Mangelsdorf Field Saturday.

The end result — a 62-40 loss to Gettysburg — may not have have been satisfying. But it sure was entertaining has Puckett rushed for 309 yards and five touchdowns

“I’m really proud of the effort they gave,” Cougars coach Mark Ross said. “I think the kids battled. Obviously, we’ve made some great strides offensivley. Defensively, we’ve got a lot of work to do. It’s probably not as bad as I feel at least right now. We’ll look at the film and fix it, but I’m awfully proud of how hard they competed.”

The high-scoring affair started quickly with Gettysburg scoring just 2:57 into the game on Fred Caruso’s 5-yard touchdown run. Misericordia answered right back when Puckett scored on a 14-yard run to make it 7-7.

The back-and-forth continued in the first quarter with Puckett’s 9-yard keeper and a blocked PAT leaving Misericordia trailing 15-13 at the end of the first quarter.

“I said to them very early on — after the first two series — ‘Guys, here we go!’ This is a Gettysburg team and whenever people play Gettysburg it’s a high scoring game,” said Ross.

“Nobody shuts these guys down.”

Puckett scored twice more in the second quarter, but the Bullets went in at half up, 29-26.

Gettysburg put the game away in the final 15 minutes. Entering the fourth quarter with just a 45-40 lead, the Bullets outscored Misericordia 17-0 for the victory.

Puckett finished the day 4 of 7 passing for 53 yards and yet another touchdown.

“It feels pretty good,” said Puckett. “They did such a great job up front and on the outsides blocking to give me great lanes. The running backs had great lanes too, so you gotta credit to the offensive line. They were awesome today.”

Despite the eye-popping numbers, Puckett wasn’t thrilled with the outcome.

“We play to win the game, and that’s what we were trying to do,” said Puckett.

Gettysburg totaled 648 yards while Misericordia finished with 640 yards.

“We’re not tackling well,” said Ross. “I know I saw some break down assignments. It’s option football, and you gotta take your assignment and play it.”

Misericordia hosts Delaware Valley on Saturday.

Gettysburg 62, Misericordia 45



First quarter

GET — Fred Caruso 5 run (Matt Perkins kick), 12:03

MIS — Jeff Puckett 14 run (Patrick Newins kick), 8:03

GET — Nick Ulassin 3 run (Tommy LeNoir rush), 6:17

MIS — Puckett 9 run (Newins kick blocked), 1:14

Second quarter

GET — Zach Miller 55 pass from Caruso (Perkins kick), 14:48

MIS — Puckett 3 run (Newins kick), 8:03

GET — Ulassin 1 run (Perkins kick), 6:18

MIS — Puckett 2 run (Newins kick blocked), :24

Third quarter

GET — Kyle Wigley 1 run (Perkins kick), 12:43

MIS — Puckett 3 run (Newins kick), 9:59

GET — Ulassin 1 run (Perkins kick failed), 6:44

MIS — Chris Kirkland 43 pass from Puckett (Newins kick), 4:54

GET — Perkins 20 kick, 2:33

Fourth quarter

GET — Perkins 30 kick, 12:01

GET — Aden Twer 40 pass from Miller (Perkins kick), 8:23

GET — LeNoir 8 run (Perkins kick), 2:43

Team statistics`GET’MIS

First downs`32`31


Passing yards`324`53

Total yards`648`640


Sacked-yards lost`0-0`2-8





RUSHING — GET Miller 13-26, LeNoir 1-8, Wigley 21-177, Chris Amicone 1-0, Ulassin 17-85, Caruso 2-13, Eddie Hutchins 4-28, Team 1-0; MIS Puckett 36-309, Ryan Kurtz 7-78, Tosin Adeyemo 10-66, Robin Custodio 12-53, Carmine Cerducci 3-6, Frank Santarsiero 17-88.

PASSING — GET Miller 14-22-1-324; MIS Puckett 4-7-0-53

RECEIVING — GET Twer 3-95, Lenoir 1-32, Wigley 1-3, Micone 1-19, Peter Fessenden 2-36, Ulassin 2-19, Caruso 2-72, Fred Pulzello 2-48; MIS Juwan Petties-Jacks 1-0, Kurt Kowalski 1-6, Kirkland 1-43, Dean Lucchesi 1-4.


MISSED FGs — GET Perkins, MIS Newins

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