Sep 27, 2010 Phil Blackwell Uncategorized
When the Corcoran football team goes across town to Sunnycrest Park Saturday to square off with rival Henninger, it does so having rolled through September without a blemish.
In fact, in the Cougars’ four victories, it has outscored its foes a combined 148-27, and has won both of its home games by shutouts, including last Friday’s 27-0 blanking of West Genesee.
Each of the other city teams would taste defeat as the Section III regular season passed its midway point. Henninger fell to Christian Brothers Academy 27-12, while Institute of Technology Central took a 29-22 loss to LaFayette/Fabius-Pompey.
Fowler came close to its first win, only to fall to Auburn 13-7 as Nottingham ran into state Class AA no. 3-ranked Baldwinsville and lost to the Bees 56-14.
Corcoran’s defense did not just settle for a shutout against West Genesee. It forced four turnovers, two of which directly led to touchdowns.
Shaquille Breland’s 43-yard interception return produced the only TD of the first half. The Cougars then made it 13-0 in the third quarter when Johnnie Robinson recovered a Wildcats fumble in the end zone.
Delvon Adams did the rest, putting the game away in the final period with scoring runs of two and 37 yards. Overall, Adams had 126 yards on 15 carries, ably filling in for an injured Chao Porch.
Henninger went to Alibrandi Stadium still reeling from its 35-31 defeat to Utica Proctor six days earlier -a game where it squandered a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter.
CBA led, 7-0, when the Black Knights got on the board in the second period thanks to Eric Dykes throwing a 30-yard TD pass to Darryl Mercer. Even when the Brothers answered with Tyler Hamblin’s 30-yard scoring pass to Greg Thomson,
Henninger was within sight, 13-7, at the break.
There it remained until the fourth quarter, when Hamblin scored from two yards out, then watched Cameron MacPherson find Thomson on a clinching TD throw. Dykes threw 22 yards to Kevin Ellis for the Black Knights’ final points of the evening.
ITC went to LaFayette with a 2-1 record, looking to keep pace with the leaders in Class C West, but fell behind 10-0 in the first quarter and could not catch up.
Not that the Eagles gave up, though, even when the Lancers extended its margin to 29-8 in the fourth quarter on Jesse MacWilliams’ five-yard TD run – this in the wake of Nate Bersevoy landing a pair of TDs in the early going.
Jebron Thomas led the Eagles’ late comeback, throwing 55 yards to Kasheim Jones for one touchdown and running for another before the Lancers held on.
Fowler went to Auburn’s Holland Stadium looking to break its three-game skid, but the Maroons controlled the first half, sprinting out to a 13-0 lead as Jared Humphrey threw scoring passes to Joe Schillace and Brian Roe.
The Falcons’ defense toughened, though, and it got close again when Kelvin Amparo sprinted 50 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter and Chris Williams kicked the extra point. Fowler gave itself several opportunities to tie it up late, but Auburn held them off.
A far more lopsided affair played out at Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium, where Nottingham could do little to stop Baldwinsville’s bulldozing ground game.
Without throwing a pass, B’ville accumulated 446 yards, most of them from sophomore sensation Tyler Rouse, who had 26 carries for 278 yards and five touchdowns, four of them in the first half.
Nottingham’s lone points in that first half came when Marty Clanton found Jamar Adams on a 20-yard TD pass in the second quarter. Clanton would later find Adams again on a 45-yard scoring play, but by then the Bees had pulled away.
Before Corcoran and Henninger meet, Nottingham and Fowler get together on the Cougars’ home turf Friday night at 6:30. ITC visits Pulaski on Saturday for a 1 p.m. kickoff.