HOMER — The Homer Trojans had their second-lowest scoring output of the season Friday night against the Cortland Purple Tigers.
But that was because both sides agreed to stop the game at halftime.
With the already-shorthanded Purple Tigers losing a couple of players to injuries, and the dominant offensive display put on by the Trojans, the teams agreed to call the 43rd Home-Cort Jug at halftime, giving the Trojans a 34-0 win at Butts Field.
“People need to understand this is high school football,” Trojans head coach Gary Podsiedlik said. “Those Cortland kids and their staff have worked their tail off to find a way to compete. They’ve worked so hard, and they’ve found a way, and there’s a lot of schools who wouldn’t have the fortitude to find a way on the field every week. I’m proud of Pete (Reif) and his staff.”
It was the Trojans’ 10th consecutive win over the Purple Tigers, pushing their lead in the all-time series to 27-15-1.
It was also the third time in the last five meetings that the Trojans shut out the Purple Tigers.
The start of the game was pushed back over an hour due to a passing lightning storm that started at about 6:50 p.m. Once the game got underway, the Trojans left no doubt about their dominance.
The Trojans forced a three-and-out on the first Purple Tigers drive where they forced them back 11 yards to their own 4-yard line.
The Trojans offense almost stalled on their first drive, suffering two penalties on third down before Jake Calabro (3-for-3, 48 yards) found Will Dady for a 25-yard touchdown pass to put the Trojans up 8-0.
The next three Homer touchdowns came on one-play drives. Sam Sorenson had a 72yard touchdown rush, Calabro had a 4-yard score after the Trojans defense recovered a fumble deep in Cortland territory, and David Morse (68 rushing yards, two touchdowns) scored from 19 yards out. He was set up by Damani Durham, who notched a 44-yard punt return after the only Cortland drive that did not result in a three-and-out or a turnover sputtered out at their own 31.
The score was 27-0 after one quarter, and Morse tacked on the last touchdown on a third-and-1 with a 43-yard rush.
The Purple Tigers managed to stop the Trojans on their final drive by forcing and recovering a fumble at their own 43 as the Trojans threatened to score yet again.
The final yardage totals: Homer 226, Cortland -13.
“We would let starters go out one series, very vanilla, and then we finished with the backups,” Podsiedlik said. “That’s the hardest part as coaches. We would have loved to see in those 24 minutes all the kids who worked as hard as our starters get quality time. That’s the only hard pill to swallow out of this.”
The Trojans (6-0) visit Marcellus at 7 p.m. Oct. 22 before they head to the Section III Class B playoffs. The Marcellus game will be for the OHSL championship.
“They will be the hottest team we’ve played,” Podsiedlik said. “They were sloppy early against Cortland last week, but they took over. They’ve got talented kids, they’ve got good size, and a nice variety of seniors and underclassmen.”
The Purple tigers (0-6) finish their season at South Jefferson, also at 7 p.m. Oct. 22
Groton at Elmira Heights, 1:30 p.m.
Central Square at Cortland, noon
Auburn at Cortland, 10 a.m.
Stockbridge Valley at McGraw, noon
Marathon vs. Odessa-Montour, 4 p.m. (game at TC3)
DeRuyter at Sherburne-Earlville, 6 p.m.
Auburn at Cortland, 2 p.m.
DeRuyter at Adirondack, 8 a.m.
Dryden, Groton, Homer at Marathon, 10:15 a.m.
Cincinnatus 11, Madison 0
Scott Schulyer (four goals, assist) and Cason Stafford (three goals, assist) led the Lions’ barrage of Madison that clinched an undefeated regular season (15-0).
Jordan Larrabee added a goal and five assists and Trevor Shevalier, Canden Stafford and Tyler Liddle each had a goal.
McGraw 1, Otselic Valley 0
Andrea May had the lone goal and Heather Magee stopped all 10 OV shots as the Eagles improved to 4-6-2.
Union Springs 2, Cortland 0
Abriella Martin made eight saves for the Purple Tigers, but she was not able to stop Abby McKay and Gabby Sennett’s goals, sending Cortland to 0-9.