Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on August 31, 2018 at 10:19 pm Contact Andrew: email@example.com | @A_E_Graham Short a quarterSyracuse looked poised to dominate the second half like it had the first. A third-quarter defensive meltdown bled a 27-point lead to six. The main victims were the secondary. After a half of inconsistent play but little duress, Western Michigan quarterback Jon Wassink started to develop a rhythm with No. 1 Broncos’ receiver D’Wayne Eskridge. Repeatedly, Eskridge outran SU corner Scoop Bradshaw and the safeties trying to help. Twice, he found the end zone.All told, Eskridge finished with eight catches for 240 yards and the two scores. After a long completion that Bradshaw managed to save the touchdown on, freshman Trill Williams replaced him as cornerback.And as WMU started to take control through the air, LeVante Bellamy started running wild. Still, with Dungey back in and a calmer fourth quarter, SU did just enough to prevail. KALAMAZOO, Mich. — The score at halftime — 34-7 — reflected the pummeling inflicted on the field. Syracuse dominated Western Michigan up front and in the run game. Starting quarterback Eric Dungey only needed to complete four passes to keep the offense well on track to earn more than 300 yards. Shortly before halftime, the lead grew to 27 and the heralded redshirt freshman Tommy DeVito took the reins.While DeVito was in, through really no fault of his own, Syracuse unraveled. An offense that opened the game with 17 points in less than seven minutes couldn’t score and the defense wilted, allowing three-straight touchdown drives in one minute or less in a single span.Eventually, Dungey came back in, and the defense recovered and the Orange escaped Waldo Stadium with a 55-42 win. Dominating the trenchesAdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse’s immediate success on Friday stemmed from the offensive line. Throughout training camp, coaches and players kept mentioning the experience of the group. Returning were Airon Servais, Cody Conway and Evan Adams. Aaron Roberts, the starting left guard on Friday, returned from an injury that cost him the 2017 season. Graduate transfer Koda Martin started previously at Texas A&M.And in the early portions of the opener, the pedigree showed. In the first half, Syracuse had seven rushes of 11 yards or more. Dungey clocked a 49-yard gash on 3rd-and-7 from his own 20 in the second quarter, SU’s longest run of the day.All told, the Orange finished with 334 rushing yards and five touchdowns on the ground.When SU did find a need to pass, the offensive line held up well. After giving up 32 sacks for 168 yards a season ago, the Orange’s big men only surrendered two on Friday for 11 yards. Both came when DeVito was in the game, and after the redshirt freshman quarterback had a chance to make his reads and scramble.Tommy DeVitoAlmost a year and a half since committing to Syracuse, Tommy DeVito finally made his debut for the Orange.Inheriting a 34-7 lead with minutes remaining in the first half, it seemed DeVito would get his looks, Syracuse would cruise to victory, and that would be that.But when DeVito came in, the offense struggled. Syracuse didn’t score during DeVito’s five drives and rarely moved the chains, save for when DeVito took a page out of Dungey’s book at takeoff.When he dropped back, DeVito looked good in the pocket, standing tall and making his reads, though occasionally taking too long and allowing for those aforementioned sacks. When he did get a chance to throw, DeVito looked confident but was often inaccurate.He sent a sideline out to Jamal Custis low and away for an incompletion. He airmailed Devin Butler multiple times on deep balls. On one of his final throws, DeVito and Butler looked to have miscommunicated and the route did not match the throw. But DeVito had bright spots, between the plays he made with his legs and a couple intermediate completions. His best pass was a wheel route to Dontae Strickland up the seam for 22 yards. Had Strickland not fell victim to a shoestring tackle, he had nothing but green grass.Eventually, Western Michigan closed the gap enough for Dungey to re-enter and put the game to rest. The redshirt freshman finished 4-for-9 for 42 yards. Comments
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 18, 2016)–Stakes winning Path of David and talented upstarts Tiz a Billy, True Brilliance, Hot Ore, He’s a Tiger and Iron Rob all loom prominently as a half dozen 3-year-olds go 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course in Sunday’s $75,000 Baffle Stakes.Trained by Kristin Mulhall, Path of David rallied from off the pace to win the one mile turf Eddie Logan Stakes here on Dec. 31 and was subsequently well beaten by top Derby hopeful Mor Spirit in the Grade III, 1 1/16 miles Robert B. Lewis Stakes on Feb. 6.The return to turf and massive drop in class should benefit Path of David, a Kentucky-bred gelding by the Gone West stallion, Istan. Owned by Ike and Dawn Thrash and Janet Alley, Path of David broke his maiden three starts back going one mile on turf at Del Mar Nov. 28, and will hope to be flying the final eighth of a mile in his first try down Santa Anita’s unique hillside layout. With both of his lifetime wins coming on turf, he’s made seven overall starts and has earnings of $90,900.Tiz a Billy, who is trained by Brian Koriner, comes off a scintillating 6 ½ length maiden special weight win over the course at 1-2, and need only run back to that race to have a huge chance in the Baffle. Blessed with an abundance of speed, Tiz a Billy rated well in third position after a half mile and finished up like a horse with a future in his maiden tally.Owned by James Cahill, Neil Haymes and Janet Lyons, the Kentucky-bred colt by Tizway was second, beaten a nose, down the hill two starts back on Oct. 12 and will be making his sixth career start on Sunday.A 9 ½ length maiden winner going six furlongs on the main track Jan. 23, trainer Robertino Diodoro’s True Brilliance is also very quick early and will be trying turf and open company for the first time. A chestnut gelding by Unusual Heat, True Brilliance, who is owned by his breeder, Mercedes Stables, LLC, will be making his fourth career start. Favored twice, he has a pair of second place finishes to go along with his maiden win. Ridden in all three of his starts by Tyler Baze, he’ll be handled for the first time by Fernando Perez.Diodoro will also saddle another Mercedes Stables homebred, Hot Ore, who retains the services of Baze and will be making his seventh career start on Sunday. Like his stablemate, he too, is a gelding by Unusual Heat. A close second in the one mile Del Mar Juvenile Turf three starts back on Sept. 5, he comes off an even fifth place finish in the Grade III, one mile turf Cecil B. DeMille Stakes on Nov. 29.An impressive one mile turf maiden special weight winner versus open company here four starts back on June 26, Hot Ore is fresh and would appear to be the mount of choice for Baze leading into the Baffle. With an overall mark of 6-1-2-1, he has earnings of $84,156.Trainer Jeff Bonde’s He’s a Tiger, undefeated in two starts sprinting on Golden Gate Fields’ synthetic Tapeta, ships south and will get the services of Rafael Bejarano. A Kentucky-bred colt by Sky Mesa, he’s out of the Helmsman mare, Red Duchess, which would suggest he could have an affinity for turf. Owned by Aldrich, Daou and Downey, pressed the early pace in his 4 ½ furlong maiden win on May 16, and rallied from off the pace in winning a first condition allowance going six furlongs on Dec. 5.Supplemented at a cost of $1,500, Florida-bred Iron Rob was a handy 3 ¾ length maiden special weight winner going 5 ½ furlongs on dirt at Los Alamitos two starts back on Dec. 4. A bay colt by Twirling Candy, he was well beaten here in a first condition allowance going 6 ½ furlongs on the main track Jan. 3. Trained by George Papaprodromou, Iron Rob showed the way early before being well beaten in his only try on turf, going one mile against maidens on Nov. 8 at Del Mar.Owned by Kretz Racing, LLC, Iron Rob, who is 8-1-2-0 overall, should be attentive to the early pace in the Baffle.The complete field for the $75,000 Baffle Stakes, to be run as the second race on a nine-race card Sunday, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Tiz a Billy, Flavien Prat, 120; Iron Rob, Santiago Gonzalez, 120; Hot Ore, Tyler Baze, 120; He’s a Tiger, Rafael Bejarano, 122; Path of David, Joe Talamo, 124, and True Brilliance, Fernando Perez, 120. First post time on Sunday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.