U-E's fast start buries Horseheads 50-13

U-E's fast start buries Horseheads 50-13

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U-E's fast start buries Horseheads 50-13

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ENDICOTT

Union-Endicott turned four of its first 14 offensive plays into touchdowns Saturday night and proceeded to a 50-13 romp past Horseheads in Division II of the Section 4 Football Conference.

Through three snaps of the football, the Tigers had scoring runs of 59 yards by Dan Davis and 46 yards by Sammy Davis Jr. –Bash and Dash, respectively.

That pair went on to log 221 rushing yards on a collective 10 carries — all in the first half — as the Tigers (3-0, 1-0) improved their per-game scoring average to 41.7.

Joey Orlando’s three completions on five first-half passes went for 88 yards and included a well-executed 16-yarder for a score to Caleb Scepaniak, a play on which he faked a toss right before he pirouetted into a leftward roll and delivered to his 6-foot-5 target.

The first of U-E’s four second-quarter TDs was a 58-yard rush by Sammy Davis, and the last a 1-yard rush by Dan Davis that finished a 46-yard drive that required three plays and just under a minute.

It was 43-7 at halftime.

Quarterback Trevor Dickinson completed nine of 20 passes for 148 yards for Horseheads (0-3, 0-2), which has allowed three opponents 48.7 points per game.

In fact, with Dickinson connecting on his first three passes for 59 yards, the Blue Raiders turned their second possession into points when Glenn Watson rushed in from 2 yards midway into the opening quarter. Bailey Bourgeois’ PAT made it 14-7.

Dickinson would go on to complete a 49-yarder on the visitors’ next possession, and four more including a 21-yarder in the second quarter.

“The wing was delayed-releasing, so corner and safety were both freezing and tight end was sneaking behind the corner and in front of the safety,” Tigers coach Shane Hurd said, breaking down a reason for Horseheads’ passing effectiveness.

” … He was putting the ball in some tight places. That quarterback played well, threw some nice balls.”

There was a limit to U-E’s generosity: On his last 10 passes, Dickinson completed two for 4 yards and was intercepted once.

U-E appeared in line for a third score two plays after the Raiders crossed the goal line, thanks in part to Michael Cheslock’s 34-yard kickoff return to Horseheads’ 39.

However, Scepaniak fumbled away the football after a 27-yard reception and Horseheads recovered in the end zone.

The Raiders’ ensuing possession ended when Hezekiah Morgan intercepted a pass on the final play of the opening quarter — and U-E rolled thereafter.

Next for Horseheads is a home game against Ithaca. U-E heads to Elmira for Week 4.

By Kevin Stevens

kstevens@gannett.com

ENDICOTT _ Union-Endicott turned four of its first 14 offensive plays into touchdowns Saturday night and proceeded to a 50-13 romp past overmatched Horseheads in Division II of the Section 4 Football Conference.

Through three snaps of the football, the Tigers had scoring runs of 59 yards by Dan Davis and 46 yards by Sammy Davis Jr._ Bash and Dash, respectively.

Oh, as for the latter? Pulling guard Josh Paugh is virtually guaranteed a standing ovation and half-a-dozen re-winds in the film room. Six-feet-2 and 250 pounds on the move inflicted maximum punishment to help spring his fleet buddy for the score.

The Davis Two went on to log 221 rushing yards on a collective 10 carries _ all in the first half _ as the Tigers (3-0, 1-0) improved their per-game scoring average to 41.7.

Joey Orlando’s three completions on five first-half passes went for 88 yards and included a well-executed 16-yarder for a score to Caleb Scepaniak, a play on which he faked a toss right before pirouetting into a leftward roll and delivering to his 6-foot-5 target.

The first of U-E’s four second-quarter TDs was a 58-yard rush by Sammy Davis, and the last a half-yard rush by Dan Davis that finished a 46-yard drive which required three plays and just under a minute.

It was 43-7 at halftime to the surprise of not many.

Quarterback Trevor Dickinson completed nine of 20 passes for 148 yards for Horseheads (0-3, 0-2), which has allowed three opponents 48.7 points per game.

In fact, with Dickinson connecting on his first three passes for 59 yards, the Blue Raiders turned their second possession into points when Glenn Watson rushed in from 2-yards midway into the opening quarter. Bailey Bourgeois’ PAT made it 14-7.

“Now it’s 14-7 and I’m like, ‘This shouldn’t be happening,’ ” Tigers coach Shane Hurd said. “I don’t know if it was a case of, here we go, get up 14-0 and let’s just relax.”

Dickinson would go on to complete a 49-yarder on the visitors’ next possession, and four more including a 21-yarder in the second quarter.

“The wing was delayed-releasing, so corner and safety were both freezing and tight end was sneaking behind the corner and in front of the safety,” Hurd said, breaking down his take on Horseheads’ passing effectiveness.

” … He was putting the ball in some tight places. That quarterback played well, threw some nice balls.”

There was a limit to U-E’s generosity: On his last 10 passes, Dickinson completed two for 4 yards and was intercepted once.

U-E appeared in line for a third score two plays after the Raiders crossed the goal line, thanks in part to Michael Cheslock’s 34-yard kickoff return to Horseheads’ 39.

However, Scepaniak fumbled away the football after a 27-yard reception and Horseheads recovered in the end zone.

The Raiders’ ensuing possession ended when Hezekiah Morgan intercepted a pass in the end zone on the final play of the opening quarter. In fact, Morgan audaciously eschewed a touchback_ and returned 90-plus yards on a meandering path only to have his excellence wiped away by a penalty for an illegal block.

Nevertheless, U-E rolled thereafter.

To go with the Davis boys’ scores and Scepaniak’s reception, second-quarter TDs included a 4-yard rush by Cheslock out of the Tigers’ “Capital-I” formation. That’s Lucas DePofi (230 pounds) up front, Dan Davis (210) in the middle and Cheslock (180) trailing.

“Offensively, except for the stupid damn penalties we’re taking _ holds, blocks in the back _ I thought offensively we were very efficient, kind of did what we want,” Hurd said. “We have to get better in the defensive backfield.”

Next for Horseheads is a home game against Ithaca. U-E heads to Elmira for Week 4.

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