Corning opened scoring 3:15 into play and led through conclusion of Saturday’s 37-12 inter-division football victory over Johnson City at Alumni Stadium.
The Hawks’ six touchdowns averaged 41½ yards per pop — even though including a 1-yarder and a 7-yarder — as they improved to a 4-1 record one week after absorbing a 55-17 beating from Binghamton.
Johnson City (1-4) dropped its third in succession, in the process losing possession four times on fumbles and failing to connect on all but four of 18 pass plays.
Stat of the Ballgame honors go hands-down to Corning junior Ty Timmerman, whose two second-half rushes went for 169 of his team’s 339-yard four-quarter total. In fact, the Hawks closed with 436 yards of offense to JC’s 179.
Timmerman was responsible for the strike that essentially squelched JC’s hopes, one play after a 79-yard Wildcats drive ended at the visitors’ 11-yard line on a second straight incomplete pass.
With aid of a botched defensive assignment, Timmerman found ample running room, made his way left to the JC sideline and, with football tucked neatly to his chest with his left hand and forearm, sprinted to completion of an 89-yard touchdown.
Jon Michael Tokar’s PAT kick had the Hawks on top by 24-6 with 3:27 to play in the third quarter.
Three snaps later came one of those four lost JC fumbles, and the Hawks took the football at midfield.
A 39-yard Connor Jacobs-to-David Smith pass play on second down advanced the ball to JC’s 15, and the scoring drive concluded with Austin Cates’ 2-yard rush on the second-to-last play of the third quarter.
Timmerman finished with 182 rushing yards on seven carries and fullback Zack Bush another 71 for the Hawks — Bush’s take featuring a 35-yarder through gotta-be-kidding running room on Corning’s third offensive play.
Johnson City answered Corning’s three-play scoring drive with one of its own after Nick Neferis accepted a handoff from fellow deep safety Tom Meaney and returned the kickoff 50 yards to the Hawks’ 36-yard line.
A second-down rush of 10 yards by quarterback Zach Colgan left third-and-1 at the 27. Nate Korutz started a rush through the middle and broke into the secondary, made a subtle cut to his left and, thanks in part to a forceful straight-arm that warded off a defender, finished for the TD.
An unsuccessful kick left Corning a 7-6 edge, and the Hawks increased that to 10-6 when Tokar made good on a 38-yard field goal with 4:30 to play in the first quarter.
The Wildcats’ first surrendered fumble came on their next possession. A Colgan-to-Quinton Johnson pass play went for 23 yards before Johnson lost the handle and the Hawks’ Adarius France recovered near midfield.
Corning nickel-and-dimed its way to the 21-yard line, where a first-down pass from Jacobs to Jordan Crusha went for 13 yards. Three plays later, Jacobs sneaked in from less than a yard and Tokar’s kick made it 17-6 in the second minute of the second quarter.
The teams traded turnovers through a scoreless 10 minutes to close the first half. JC’s Conner Halladay intercepted a pass to set up his team at Corning’s 30-yard line, only to have JC give it back moments later when Bush’s sack of Colgan created a fumble that teammate Joel McClurg recovered.
The second of Timmerman’s long gainers went for an 80-yard rushing TD six plays into the final quarter. On that one, he was recipient of a second handoff in the backfield, shot into space inside and outraced the nearest defender.
JC struck last, with Lucas Reigelman sprinting 65 yards for a TD after recovering a fumble midway through the final quarter.
Ahead for Corning is a Friday night game at Ithaca to complete the Division I portion of its schedule. Johnson City returns to Alumni Stadium to take on Horseheads on Saturday.