A week after snapping a 15-game football losing streak that dated to 2010, Horseheads picked up its second win in a row Saturday afternoon, 43-19, over Windsor in front of a large homecoming crowd.
Horseheads piled up 425 yards and the defense caused four turnovers after a rough start as the Raiders improved to 2-3 with the non-division win.
Clayton Troia ran for 138 yards on 13 carries for Horseheads, including touchdown runs of 57 and 25 yards in the first half. His 25-yard scoring scamper gave Horseheads the lead for good, 13-12, with 11:10 left in the half.
Glenn Watson added 88 yards on 15 carries, with touchdown runs of 20, 7 and 2 yards.
“I’m definitely going to credit their line and their running backs,” Windsor coach Tim Hogan said. “They went outside one time, inside the next. I thought the running backs had great vision. They got to where they needed to be and they made the cuts and made the plays.”
All told, the Raiders rushed for 354 yards on 43 attempts. Evan Stiles contributed 65 yards on six attempts and Troy Mortimer gained 62 yards on seven carries. Trevor Dickinson added 71 yards passing, completing 4 of 8 attempts.
Windsor (2-3) opened the game with a 12-play, 68-yard drive that featured a heavy dose of 189-pound fullback Isma’il Griffin, who capped the drive with a 2-yard touchdown run.
After Troia burst around the left end and down the sideline for his 57-yard touchdown, Windsor’s second drive was a near repeat of the first. The Black Knights drove 72 yards on 12 plays, with Darick Bartlow carrying the ball from 1 yard out to give Windsor a 13-6 lead.
After gaining 140 yards on those two drives, Windsor’s offense was limited to 167 yards the rest of the game.
Griffin ended up with 106 yards on 18 carries, sitting out most of the second half with a leg injury that was not believed to be serious. Calvin Whalen added 137 yards on 15 carries and his 68-yard run set up the Knights’ only score of the second half, a 5-yard sneak by quarterback Josh Cady that cut the lead to 28-19 with 5:57 left. The 2-point pass failed, leaving it a two-possession game.
Windsor drove inside Horseheads’ 40-yard line on its first two drives of the second half, but both threats ended with the Knights fumbling the ball away.
“That’s hard to come back from,” Hogan said.
* Walton 28, Delhi 18: Despite losing starting quarterback Dalton Kaminsky in the third quarter due to an arm injury, Walton (2-0) gathered 361 yards on 52 rushes against Delhi (0-2).
Austin Kilmer had 168 yards rushing and two touchdowns, and Mike Beers and Spencer Trevor scored the other touchdowns and combined for a total of 198 yards for the Warriors.
Delhi gave Walton a good challenge with touchdowns in each of the last three quarters and was led by Ben Dennison with 82 yards passing.
Valley 23, Whitney Point 13: The Cardinals used their running game while Whitney Point tried a more balanced attack for its game plan.
Newark Valley had seven players that ran the ball, led by Dakota Bennett with 54 yards. Mason Shutts and Tim Smith each scored rushing touchdowns for Newark Valley.
Shutts had 28 yards on only three carries, scoring on a 1-yard run to score the first points of the game. Smith scored his touchdown in the third quarter on a 2-yard scamper. He finished with 14 yards on 2 carries.
Whitney Point fought back and scored its first points with a Matt Driscoll 1-yard run in the third quarter, but Newark Valley answered right back with a 95-yard kickoff return by Larry Kasmarcik that made the score 20-7 at the end of three quarters. The Golden Eagles made it a one possession game with a 1-yard pass to Gabe Shrauger from Mitch Edson to make it 20-13 but a 31-yard field goal by AJ Sepelak for Newark Valley sealed the deal.
Offensively, Whitney Point had a total of 100 yards rushing and Edson was 9-for-18 with 99 yards and 1 touchdown and 1 interception. Newark Valley had 49 yards receiving on 2 catches while rushing for 145.