Notre Dame took control of their division with a 48-24 win in Section IV football action Saturday.

"It was a surprise that we could put 48 points up on the board against them," Notre Dame coach Mike D'Aloisio remarked. Moravia had shut out Groton the week before.

However, it was the other side of the ball that he was pleased about.

"I felt like the key to the game was solid play by our defensive unit."

Hunter Thomas led the attack, going 9-for-14 for 297 yards and two touchdowns with a pick while also rushing for 51 yards on five carries and two scores.

Tom Agan had 24 carries for 158 yards to shoulder the ground game while also catching four passes for 89 yards and a touchdown. Derek Marshall added five catches for 208 yards and a score as well.

"We answered every one of their scores," D'Aloisio remarked.

The Crusaders led 28-16 at the half when Moravia tried to comeback but Notre Dame's offense was just too strong.

"This puts us in charge of our own destiny," D'Aloisio explained. "If we could win out that would be great. It's one more rung in the ladder towards one of our goals, which was to win a divisional title."

The veteran coach feels Notre Dame is beginning to round into shape.

"Not only does the offense continually get better the defense has risen to the occasion," D'Aloisio said. "They're improving by leaps and bounds, they need to be strong on that side of the ball. That's a compliment to those kids out on the field."

The Crusaders will now host Groton for their final regular season home game this Friday.

"Groton is always a tough out," D'Aloisio said. "I'm sure they're going to be ready. They know with a win they could have a chance to tie. We'll enjoy this one for a day and get back to work and get ready to prepare for Groton. They're a well coached, disciplined ball club. We can't rest on our laurels, if we have keep getting better and moving forward."

Things are looking up for Notre Dame even after a tough start to the season where they had to forfeit to Tioga because they didn't have enough players.

"We still don't have a lot numbers," D'Aloisio said. "We finished today with 18 players but I'm not crying poverty, we have some pretty skilled kids. We just have to stay healthy, put a team out on the field, do the things we worked on and hopefully keep moving along and winning football games."