The Coudersport Falcons opened the second half with two unanswered scores to break a tie en route to defeating St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy 38-14 on Friday.
The Falcons used an 11-play drive from their own 48 with quarterback Ethan Hite and running back Coy Hoffman racking up first downs with runs. Zac Elenchin capped the drive from two yards out for a score and Hite ran in for the two point converison with 7:04 left in the third.
On the ensuing kickoff, Coudersport again caught St. Joseph’s off guard with an onside kick and recovered it. The Falcons attempted one on the opening kickoff that they recoverd as well. Eight plays later, the Falcons scored on a pitch play from the three and Hite rumbled to the corner for a 30-14 score with 2:30 left in the third quarter.
“That third quarter was the difference,” Coudersport coach Chris Fink said. “We knew we would have to score when we had the ball.”
The Wolves did all their damage in the first half with Kahsim Buey doing most of it on the ground. The Wolves also used two fumble recoveries, one from Sabir Breon and one from Trenton Fye.
St. Joseph’s got the ball just before the first quarter was over off of Breon’s recovery. Buey wove his way into the secondary and ran away from the Falcons’ defense for a 43-yard carry. On the next play, he broke it outside and raced 27 yards into the endzone just as the horn sounded to end the first quarter.
On the second possession, Phil Fenstermacker tried connecting with Dominic Gregory and it was incomplete. However, Coudersport was flagged for pass interference getting the ball to the Falcons’ 43. Buey used the next play to once again get to the outside and scamper for a 43-yard touchdown run.