CORNING - The Corning Hawks used a strong second quarter to help post a 37-14 Homecoming win over Horseheads Friday at Memorial Stadium.
Trailing 6-0 after one quarter of play, the Hawks scored on three straight possessions in the second quarter to grab the momentum for good.
Ja’Ovian Fisher jump-started the offense with Corning’s first score - a 3-yard run. Fisher also had runs of 25 and 23 yards during the 71-yard drive.
Jason Rodriguez provided the big plays on the Hawks’ next two drives. He broke several tackles on his first carry of the game and turned it into a 44-yard TD run. Rodriguez’s next touch was a 15-yard scoring run that pushed the Hawks’ lead to 22-0.
Horseheads’ lone score of the first half came on a quarterback run by Jack Chalk that was good for five yards.
From there, the Blue Raiders were their own worst enemy, as they were flagged seven times for 50 yards in the opening half - including two that negated big gains.
Corning added a score through the air in the third quarter as Blake VanWoert hit Rodriguez for a 33-yard TD. Zach Jamison closed the scoring with a 2-yard run in the fourth quarter.
Fisher led Corning with 131 yards on the ground, followed by 98 from Rodriguez and 64 from Jamison.
Horseheads got 104 yards rushing and 181 yards passing from Chalk. Gavin Elston added a second-half TD for the Blue Raiders.