SYRACUSE — Corning fell 35-7 to Baldwinsville on Thursday at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse in its opening game of the 2017 campaign.
Corning struggled to contain Baldwinsville quarterback Dom Dwyer, who notched three touchdowns on the ground with two coming on the first two possessions of the game for the Bees.
The Hawks defense held strong from that point on, only trailing 14-0 at the half, but the offense was only able to muster two first downs in the first two quarters.
“Our first two drives were quick three-and-outs which put additional pressure on the defense,” Corning head coach George Bacalles said. “We need to focus on getting on schedule with our offense of 4 yards per play.”
Corning fumbled on its first play of the second half, with Baldwinsville capitalizing on a 4-play drive capped off by Dwyer’s third touchdown of the day.
“He is a great athlete and when we gave up contain on the edge he exposed us,” Bacalles said.
In the fourth quarter, Corning had one of its best drives of the day, but it stalled when the Bees were able to stop the Hawks on fourth down at the one yard line and turn it into a 99-yard drive and a 35-0 lead.
Joey Ott scored the lone touchdown for Corning with less than a minute to go in the game with a 10-yard run.
Ott finished with 34 yards on three carries for the Hawks while Cian Collins had 50 yards rushing on 11 attempts and Ja’Ovian Fisher posted 39 yards on six attempts.
Despite the loss, Bacalles liked the willingness to never give up and keep playing that he saw in his young squad.
“I was proud that we fought till the end and didn’t put our heads down on either side of the ball,” said Bacalles.
Corning (0-1) will set its sights on a showdown in Binghamton on Friday at 8 p.m. and will look to improve and to work on a few things before the rematch of last year’s Section IV Class AA semifinal.
“Our focus all season is on improvement and that will be the case again this week,” Bacalles said. “Our defense needs to finish tackles, our offense needs to stay on schedule, and we need to cut down on the penalties which cost us on both sides of the ball.”