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Hornell defeats Le Roy for Section V Class C football championship


1:00 AM, Nov. 04, 2012 EDT

Hornell's Zack Bacon, top, plows over Le Roy's Kylan Carter en route to his second touchdown of the game. / KRIS J. MURANTE/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

There was a place for Hornell on the mountain of Section V football history.

It is higher up after Sunday, when the Red Raiders topped Le Roy 21-7 in the Section V C final, the 49th consecutive game won by Hornell.

The Red Raiders and Caledonia-Mumford share the Section V unbeaten streak record, which is third on the state's all-time list. Massena of Section X won 55 consecutive games, a string that stopped in 1955.

Caledonia-Mumford's streak ended 31 years ago during the 1981 season.

Hornell (10-0) can extend its roll, which has lasted three-plus seasons and included the last three Class B state titles, in a state quarterfinal at noon Sunday against Cleveland Hill (8-2) at All High Stadium in Buffalo.

"I've been here for four years, it's amazing," said Hornell senior running back/linebacker and final's Most Valuable Player Zack Bacon. "It's a tradition that starts when you're little and stays with you."

Section V Football Hall of Fame member Gene Mastin coached Hornell well before and during the streak before he retired at the end of last season. The 12th Section V championship won by Hornell on Sunday comes with longtime former assistant Erik Werner as coach.

To get it, the Red Raiders had to get past Le Roy, another team that knows about winning. The Oatkans Knights hoped to win their 15th sectional championship.

Le Roy scored on its first possession on a 5-yard run by sophomore running back Tom Kelso, who powered into the end zone with two hands on the ball.

Hornell's offense began to make headway on the ground in the third quarter, and a 15-yard touchdown by Bacon cut Le Roy's lead to 7-6.

A fumble recovered by linebacker Matt Mauro on Le Roy's next possession opened the way for Hornell to take the lead. Luke Morgan's 2-yard run moved the Red Raiders ahead 12-7 with 4:21 remaining in the third quarter.

Le Roy drove to the Hornell 29 on its next series but turned the ball over on downs after a pass fell just out of the reach of Ryan McQuillan in the end zone.

Each defense made made stands to keep the win within reach, but Hornell added to its lead on Richie Harkenrider's sack for a safety.

That put Hornell up 14-7 and with the ball coming back to the Red Raiders, in position to run out the clock.

 

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