Hornell's 51 Game Win Streak Ended In State Final

Published 11/25 2012 12:41AM

Updated 11/25 2012 12:54AM

Billy Pine and Brad Burns combined to rush for 313 yards and three touchdowns as Hoosick Falls ended Hornell's 51-game winning streak with a 34-21 win in the Class C State Finals Saturday afternoon at the Carrier Dome.

For the football Class of 2013 at Hornell, this game will be their only loss.

Luke Morgan ran for a 74 yard touchdown on the game's second play to put the Raiders up 7-0.

Hoosick Falls scored the next 27 points.

Pine found Randy Tutunjian for a six yard TD pass on the Panthers' first possession to to even the score at 7. After a Hornell three-and-out, Pine kept the ball on a dazzling run down to the Hornell five yard line. He scored moments later.

A Hornell fumble gave Hoosick Falls the ball back at the Raiders' 22 yard line. Pine hit Josh Brogue on the next play to make it 21-7. Burns added a 37 yard rushing score to put the Panthers up 27-7 before the half.

The Red Raiders showed life in the third quarter when Richie Harkenrider lofted a 45 yard scoring pass to Brendan Buisch, cutting the lead to 27-14.

However, Burns quickly answered with a 59 yard TD jaunt and the Panthers were back in front 33-14. Both Burns TDs were straight ahead dives and Burns ran only straight ahead. In both cases, he was barely touched.

Buisch caught a 21 yard TD in the fourth quarter, but Hornell never really threatened. The 51-game winning streak was the second longest in state history, behind Massena's 55-game streak that ended in 1957.

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