MOHAWK, NY (WKTV) - Notre Dame kept its chance for an undefeated showdown with Dolgeville alive on Saturday, knocking off fellow Class D East rival Mohawk 28-7.
Coming in, Notre Dame was tied with Dolgeville at 4-0 while Mohawk was 3-1, with the one loss coming to Dolgeville. But the showdown turned to a rout quickly in the third quarter as back-to-back Mohawk fumbles on their opening possessions led to back-to-back Notre Dame touchdowns, turning a 14-7 halftime lead into the final 28-7 advantage.
Notre Dame rode to the victory by riding running backs Phil Diperna and Chris Putnam all game. Diperna finished with 210 total yards (142 rushing and 68 receiving) and two touchdowns while Putnam had 161 total yards (137 rushing and 24 receiving).
Mohawk was forced to play without leading rusher Andy Conklin, who was suspended for the game due to an ejection last week.
The victory improves the Jugglers to 5-0 and keeps them tied with Dolgeville atop the league standings. Both teams face winless squads next week (Notre Dame plays Richfield Springs and Dolgeville plays West Canada Valley) then meet each other in the regular season finale. Mohawk falls to 3-2.