Adarius France scored four second-quarter touchdowns to lead Corning past Ithaca, 60-22, in a Section 4 non-division football game Friday night at Memorial Stadium.
France scored on runs of 38, 51, 50 and 49 yards to turn an 8-7 Ithaca lead after the first quarter into a 35-8 Corning advantage at halftime. He finished with 258 yards and five touchdowns on 12 carries, having taken over as Corning’s starting quarterback after the Hawks’ 0-2 start.
Corning ran for 491 yards and eight touchdowns on 46 attempts, and made 20 first downs.
Corning jumped right out of the gate, taking the opening kickoff and marching 65 yards on eight plays. Sam Crusha capped it off with a 10-yard run, followed by Matt Alexander’s point-after kick.
The Hawks appeared on their way to another TD after an Ithaca three-and-out, but they fumbled the ball away on the Little Red 10.
After Ithaca lost 2 yards on its first two plays of the ensuing possession, quarterback Naeem Clark fired a long pass down the middle of the field that Dominique Stevenson was able to keep a handle on for an 82-yard gain.
Three plays later, Clark scored from the 8 and Eric Lovett took a pitchout left for the two-point conversion that put Ithaca up 8-7.
France took over in the second quarter, rushing six times for 192 yards in that span. He even completed a 10-yard pass to Ty Timmerman in the second.
Corning’s defense also ruled the first half, holding the Little Red to minus-3 yards rushing in 15 attempts. Heavy pressure on Clark by Hawks linemen Luke Embree, Jake Baxter, Nate Webster and Seth Spicer was the primary reason for that.
Corning didn’t let up, producing three touchdowns in the first 5 minutes, 18 seconds of the third quarter.
France scored on a 4-yarder after making a 36-yard gain, Jordan Prisella recovered an Ithaca fumble in the end zone and Timmerman bolted in for a 41-yard touchdown.
DJ Davis had two fourth-quarter TDs for Ithaca, scoring on a 92-yard fumble return and a 3-yard run.
The Little Red will face Union-Endicott at 7 p.m. Saturday at Ty Cobb Stadium in Endicott.
Lansing 54, Trumansburg 20: On Friday in Trumansburg, in the annual “Battle for the Paddle,” the Bobcats (2-1) rallied from an early 6-0 deficit by scoring 33 unanswered points in the first half en route to their second straight victory.
After Dylan Mosher gave the host Blue Raiders (0-3) the early lead with a nine-yard TD run, Tyler Winslow put Lansing ahead with a 2-yard scoring run, then the visitors took the lead for good by recovering a blocked punt in the end zone for another TD.
Lansing scored three touchdowns in the second quarter, on a 20-yard run by quarterback Elijah Burns, a 1-yard Winslow run and a 46-yard pass from Burns to Winslow. Lansing outgained T-burg, 404-283, with Winslow rushing for 148 yards on 16 tries and Burns completing 4 of 7 passes for 107 yards.
Mosher rushed 16 times for 120 yards to lead the Blue Raiders, who travel to Chenango Valley on Saturday. Lansing hosts Chenango Forks, the state’s fifth-ranked Class C team, on Friday.
Chenango Forks 49, Dryden 12: On Saturday in Chenango Bridge, the defending Section 4 Class C champion Blue Devils raced to a 42-0 lead after three quarters and cruised to victory over the Purple Lions (2-1).
Isaiah Zimmer led CF’s rushing attack with 122 yards and three touchdowns on 18 carries, scoring on runs of 3, 5 and 21 yards. Tony Silvanic added 39 yards and a fourth-quarter touchdown on the ground, and went 7-for-7 in extra-point kicks.
Dryden scored twice in the fourth quarter on a pair of Alan Davis-to-M McHerron touchdown passes, of 40 and 75 yards. Davis finished 18-for-31 for 261 yards, with McHerron catching nine passes for 184 yards.
Newark Valley 25, Greene 0: On Friday at Newark Valley, Vinny Darpino rushed for 97 yards and threw a touchdown to lead the Cardinals (3-0, 1-0 Division III) over the Trojans (2-1, 0-1).
Darpino scored twice in the third quarter, first on a 50-yard run and then on a 1-yard plunge, putting NV ahead 19-0. Larry Kasmarcik rushed for a 5-yard touchdown in the second quarter to give the Cardinals a 7-0 advantage.
In the fourth, Darpino found Aaron Baylor for a 59-yard touchdown. Greene gained only 101 yards of total offense. Luke Erickson ran for 37 yards and Triston Carter gained 29 yards for Greene.
Elmira ND 26, Spencer-VE 24: on Friday at Spencer, senior quarterback Hunter Thomas passed for 304 yards and two touchdowns, but it was his legs and a bit of will power that delivered the biggest touchdown.
Thomas scored the tying points on a 5-yard run with 6:34 to play, reversing field to the left after he broke free from a defender’s grasp before dashing across the goal line in the center of the field.
Tom Agan tacked on a 2-point run for the game’s final points as the Crusaders won for the second straight week after they were forced to forfeit their opener against Tioga because of a lack of players.
Groton 55, O-M 6: On Friday at Groton, the Indians improved to 3-0 with the Division VII victory. Odessa-Montour fell to 0-3.
Moravia 26, Watkins Glen 20: On Friday at Watkins Glen, Tony Simiele ran for 120 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries as the Senecas fell to 1-2 with a Division VII loss to Moravia.
Tioga 45, Candor 6: On Friday in Candor, the defending Section 4 Class D champion Tigers improved to 3-0, while the Indians fell to 1-2.