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.