Ball control and defense more often than not leads to victory.
It sure did Friday night for Horseheads, which shut down Ithaca 22-6 in Section 4 Division I football at Moresco Stadium.
The Blue Raiders (1-1) limited Ithaca to 2 yards rushing and four first downs. They also patiently ran for 214 yards and three touchdowns, two of them by Evan Stiles.
Ithaca quarterback Naeem Clark completed all 16 passes he attempted for 157 yards and one TD.
Horseheads took control of the game by outscoring Ithaca 16-0 in the second quarter, going into intermission with a 22-6 lead.
Stiles had touchdown runs of 18 and 3 yards in the period to cap drives that started in Ithaca territory. The momentum turned on a bad snap on an Ithaca punt attempt that resulted in a safety early in the second quarter.
The Blue Raiders started their drive on the Little Red 49, and they needed just five plays for the score. Eric White picked up an 18-yard run to spark the march.
After forcing a 13-yard punt after Ithaca’s next possession, Horseheads went 38 yards. James Eastman ran for 15 yards on the first play to get things going.
The Blue Raiders started the game on a positive note, recovering the opening kickoff and then putting together a 10-play, 53-yard scoring drive capped off by White’s 5-yard TD run.
Ithaca responded with a three-play drive, all Clark pass completions for 55 yards.
Dominique Steven caught the last one for 40 yards and a score to make it 6-6.
White and Stiles rushed for 85 and 84 yards, respectively. The Blue Raiders threw just two passes, completing one.
For the Little Red (0-2), Emmitt Houston caught five passes for 20 yards and Dion Dean four balls for 15.
Stevenson had two receptions for 56 yards.