Covering High School Sports in America
File photo by Mike Janes

Luke Morgan, Hornell

The nation's second-longest active football winning streak ended Saturday when Hornell (N.Y.) lost to Hoosick Falls  34-21 in the Class C state championship game at Syracuse University's Carrier Dome.

The Red Raiders previously had dominated Class B with three consecutive state titles and had won their last 51 games.

The first-time state champion Panthers, who finished with a 13-0 record, were led by Billy Pine, a 5-foot-10, 180-pound senior quarterback, who ran 17 times for a game-high 169 yards and one touchdown. Brad Burns carried 23 times for 144 yards and a pair of touchdowns, giving him 41 for the year.

Luke Morgan ran 12 times for 132 yards for  Hornell, which lost the ball three times on turnovers. Brendan Buisch had touchdown receptions of 45 and 21 yards in the second half.

Hornell coach Erik Werner told the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, "I don't think we did anything wrong. I just know (Hoosick Falls) played a tremendous game."

*Meanwhile Webb City (Mo.) closed out the year with a 49-14 rout of Helias Catholic (Jefferson City) to win its third consecutive Class 4 state title and 45th game in a row. The Cardinals also have won five titles in the last seven years and 11 overall.

Quarterback John Roderique ran for 105 yards and passed for 105 yards in the balanced attack. Phoenix Johnson gained 144 yards and scored one touchdown on just 10 carries.

The Joplin Globe reported that the senior-laden team averaged 46 points this year and gave up just 7.6 per game. The closest victory was by 15 points.