Hornell beats Croton in state football final
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New York State Class B championship
SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Hornell captured its third straight Class B state championship and extended its state-best winning streak to 39 games with a 22-6 victory over Croton-Harmon in Sunday's final at the Carrier Dom in Syracuse.
Croton-Harmon (11-1) managed only a third-quarter touchdown run by Trevor Wolstencroft, a 24-yard run. Wolstencroft gained 53 yards on eight carries, and Jesse Mainiero ran for 33 yards and passed for 101 in the loss.
"Hornell is an excellent team. They took advantage of our turnovers and of a bad punt," Mainiero said. "We have a lot of young guys but we fought so hard. I'm proud of my team. But on the inside this really stings."
The Red Raiders took a 22-0 at the half as their offensive and defensive lines dominated the game. Hornell Zack Bacon ran for 151 yards on 15 carries, and Scott McKibben gained 97 yards and two touchdowns on 21 attempts. McKibben was selected the game's MVP.
Dominic Scavo, a three-year starter at quarterback for Hornell, ran for 46 yards and a touchdown and threw for 76 yards in the win.
CLASS B STATE FINAL
at Carrier Dome, Syracuse
Hornell 22, Croton-Harmon 6
Croton-Harmon (11-1) 0 0 6 0 - 6
Hornell (13-0) 0 22 0 0 - 22
H - Dominic Scavo 24 run (Zach Bacon pass from Scavo)
H - Scott McKibben 3 run (pass failed)
H - McKibben 8 run (McKibben pass from Scavo)
CH - Trevor Wolstencroft 24 run (kick failed)
RUSHING: Croton-Harmon - Trevor Wolstencroft 8-53, Jesse Mainiero 11-33, Brian Soares 1-3, Nick Grous 5-0, Alex Starr 2-(-1). Hornell - Zach Bacon 13-148, Scott McKibben 25-104, Dominic Scavo 12-46, Rick Harkenrider 3-18.
PASSING: Croton-Harmon - Jesse Mainiero 5-17-101. Hornell - Dominic Scavo 5-13-71.
RECEIVING: Croton-Harmon - Nick Grous 2-44, Brian Soares 1-32, Peter Miller 1-14, Dennis Traditi 1-11. Hornell - Julian Reinhart 2-15, Brendan Buisch 1-32, Tylor Ormsby 1-22, Scott McKibben 1-2.
TACKLES: Croton-Harmon - Kyle Ricciardi 15, Alex Bowser 12, Max Jones 9, Dennis Traditi 9, John Brennan 9, Dennis O'Connell 8, Matt Gennarelli 6, Jesse Mainiero 5, Alex Starr 3, Nick Grous 3, Peter Miller 2, Aleksei Pavloff 2, Lucas Garcia 2, Mark Carrubba 2, Tyler Gilman 2, Nolan Quinn 1, Trevor Wolstencroft 1.
INTERCEPTIONS: Croton-Harmon - Max Jones, Jesse Mainiero, Nick Grous.
THIRD QUARTER: HORNELL 22, CROTON-HARMON 6: The Tigers finally got on the board with a 24-yard touchdown run by Trevor Wolstencroft, capping a 53-yard scoring drive. The Tigers had just 54 yards total before that drive.
SECOND QUARTER: HORNELL 22, CROTON-HARMON 0: The Hornell offense exploded in the second quarter to firmly seize control. Hornell piled up 170 yards in the quarter and scored three touchdowns. The first came after a short Croton put gave the three-time defending state champs the ball at the Tigers 24. Dominic Scavo followed with a 24-yard touchdown run. Scott McKibben followed with two touchdown runs for Hornell. The Red Raiders have outgained Croton 277-64 and picked up 15 first downs. McKibben has rushed for 69 yards and Scavo has 33 rushing and 76 passing on 7-of-15 attempts. Zack Bacon has rushed for 76 yards for Hornell.
FIRST QUARTER: CROTON-HARMON 0, HORNELL 0: Neither team was able to get on the scoreboard in the first quarter. Hornell had the best chance, driving to the Croton 15 but was stopped on fourth down. Croton's only possession the quarter stalled near midfield.
Croton-Harmon (11-0) vs. Hornell (12-0)
When: Sunday, 3 p.m.
Where: Carrier Dome, Syracuse
State rankings: Hornell – 1. Croton-Harmon – 2.
State championship history
2008 Lost to Southwestern in the Class C final
2010 Beat Schalmont in the Class B final
2009 Beat Nanuet in the Class B final
Did you know? Hornell — which has won a state-best 38 straight games — has obviously finished the past seasons pretty strong, winning back-to-back state championships. But the Red Raiders have been solid at the start, too. This season marked their 25th consecutive opening-day victory, a 55-8 win over Bishop Kearney where the defense limited Kearney to -43 yards rushing.
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Scouting the opponent
Xs and Os: Hornell is a power-I team that effectively uses the run to set up the pass. They’re known for long, time-consuming drives.
Scott McKibben, Sr., RB: Don’t be fooled by McKibben’s 5-foot-7, 165-pound frame. He’s a tough run with breakaway speed, evidenced by his 2,171 yards rushing and 29 touchdowns.
Dominic Scavo, Sr., QB: A first-team all-state pick last season, he’s thrown for 1,255 yards and 15 touchdowns with just one interception.
Zack Bacon, Jr., FB/LB: The team’s leading tackler with 86 has also recorded 4.5 sacks. He’s a big reason this team is allowing just 1.8 yards per carry this season.
Rick Harkenrider, Jr., DE: The 170-pounder has posted 82 tackles and seven sacks, a team-high. Croton must know where Harkenrider is at all times.
Path to victory: Croton-Harmon — The Tigers will be the first to admit that they got away some things vs. Schalmont, mainly turning the ball over and missing tackles which they haven’t done all season. That simply cannot happen against Hornell. While their rush defense has been dominant, the Red Raiders have been slightly vulnerable against teams that pass, which is exactly how Croton should attack them. Jesse Mainiero has a talented duo of receivers in Nick Grous and Dennis Traditi. They must test Hornell down the field.
Path to victory: Hornell — The two-time state champs have been extremely efficient this season, showing the ability to run and pass while turning the ball over just five times in 12 games. Hornell should take a play out of Schalmont’s playbook and get the speedster McKibben on the perimeter with sweeps, which Schalmont ran for success last week. Schalmont also got big plays from running backs catching passes out of the backfield, which could also play into McKibben getting more touches.
Devaney’s pick: State championship games don’t get tougher than this. Not only is Hornell talented, it has a history of success in big games by winning consecutive state titles. Croton won’t be totally overwhelmed by playing the Dome considering many starts were on the team that got there three years ago. But Hornell has proven the last two weeks it’s a resilient bunch that just knows how to win big games. PREDICTION: Hornell 20, Croton-Harmon 14.
Email Kevin Devaney Jr. at firstname.lastname@example.org