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Lou DiNovo makes big splash for LaSalle

Junior Lou DiNovo's first LaSalle start at wide receiver went better than the junior from Colonie could have expected.

DiNovo caught six passes for more than 200 yards including touchdown receptions of 79, 20 and 58 yards to lead the Cadets past Colonie 25-14 in last Friday's Liberty Division opener in Troy.

This is great to start with a victory, said DiNovo. "We have a lot of young players."

"They have a lot of team speed, which doesn't give you a chance to look at any one player," said Colonie coach John Preston.

No one knew what to expect from LaSalle (1-0) after graduating most of its starters from last year's Section II, Class AA championship team. But when quarterback Mike Murray connected with DiNovo for a 79-yard touchdown midway through the first quarter, it became clear the Cadets had a new weapon in their arsenal.

"We watched a lot of film this week, and I have to give props to my (offensive) line for blocking," said DiNovo. "I figured we had some opportunities (for big plays), and we took advantage of them."

"Murray to DiNovo " I think we'll hear a lot about that connection," said LaSalle coach Al Rapp.

Colonie (0-1) shook off DiNovo's first touchdown by putting together its best drive of the game. The Garnet Raiders marched down the field and got on the scoreboard early in the second quarter on a 26-yard touchdown pass from Mike Branche to John Charton. Matt Hamilton added a two-point conversion run to give Colonie an 8-6 lead.

LaSalle regained the lead late in the second quarter, thanks to another touchdown pass from Murray to DiNovo. Josh Terry added the extra point to put the Cadets ahead 13-8.

Colonie's defense did its best to contain LaSalle's offense in the third quarter, but the Garnet Raiders couldn't prevent Murray from finding DiNovo for a 58-yard scoring strike with three minutes left in the period. Colonie blocked the extra point, leaving it with a 19-8 deficit.

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