ELMIRA - Union-Endicott shut out Elmira in the second half on its way to a 36-15 victory on Saturday at Ernie Davis Academy.

“There were a couple of big plays we gave up (in the second half),” Express head coach Jimmy McCauley said. “Things that we can’t let happen anymore. We’re going to go home, take a look at the film and get better for Week 2.”

The first half was a back-and-forth affair.

Elmira started off well, grinding out a seven play 82-yard drive on its first possession of the game, highlighted by a 35-yard run from Charlie Mahon, a 20-yard carry and an 8-yard TD from Max Temple.

The Tigers responded with their own strike on the first drive with an 11-yard run from quarterback Devon Hogan on a fourth down carry for a 7-6 advantage.

Elmira then came back with another drive in which it converted two fourth downs and looked to be on the heels of another score, when quarterback Greg Beach was intercepted by Darrius Billingsley.

The very next play, Nate Latshaw stripped the ball loose from Hogan and Elmira regained possession at the Union-Endicott 11-yard line.

Mahon took the ensuing handoff for a score to give the Express a 12-7 lead at the 9:21 mark in the second quarter.

On the Tigers’ next possession, Hogan found Brendan Cornell streaking across the middle for a 53-yard touchdown and a 14-12 lead.

Elmira closed the half with a methodical drive that ended with a Jeff Daugherty 25-yard field goal and a 15-14 lead at the break.

The second half was all Union-Endicott.

The Tigers came out of halftime with a 70-yard drive for a score capped off by a four-yard run from Hogan.

After an Elmira punt, Hogan struck again, this time weaving his way around defenders for a 46-yard rushing touchdown and a 27-15 lead.

The Express intercepted a pass in the endzone the next Tiger possession, only to be tackled for a safety one play later.

Hogan capped off his day in the fourth quarter with an 85-yard burst of speed with a minute remaining, he finished his day with 238 yards on the ground on 23 carries and 109 yards through the air and a touchdown.

“He (Hogan) is a helluva athlete,” said McCauley. “We gave him way too much with the run and the pass. He’s a great player, we need to do a little better job at defense as a whole.”