2013-09-14 / Sports

Falcons football hopes rising


Coy Hoffman, who transferred to the Coudersport Area School District from Oswayo Valley, has been the Falcons’ most productive offensive weapon after two games. Hoffman, taking a handoff here from quarterback Ethan Hite, gained yardage on runs, receptions and returns in Coudersport’s win over Ridgway last weekend. 
Ron Haskins photo Coy Hoffman, who transferred to the Coudersport Area School District from Oswayo Valley, has been the Falcons’ most productive offensive weapon after two games. Hoffman, taking a handoff here from quarterback Ethan Hite, gained yardage on runs, receptions and returns in Coudersport’s win over Ridgway last weekend. Ron Haskins photo Each passing week instills more confidence in a Coudersport High School football team that sees itself as a contender for the Allegheny Mountain League North Division crown.

Coach Chris Fink’s Falcons (1-1) played a solid game in winning last Friday’s home opener against Ridgway, 19-6.

A defensive first half ended with Coudersport on the doorstep of the Ridgway endzone, but a bobble on the fourth-down snap led to a wobbly pass that fell incomplete.

After the intermission, the Falcons finally cracked the scoreboard on Ethan Hite’s eight-yard touchdown pass on a slant pattern to Coy Hoffman. Forest Tuttle booted the extra point.

Ridgway responded with an effective drive that ended when Navada Waterman intercepted a pass deep in Falcon territory.

After the team’s changed sides to start the fourth quarter, Hite fooled the Elkers on a nifty play action fake and found Hoffman wide open for an 83-yard touchdown pass. Tuttle’s kick was blocked, freezing the score at 13-0.

On the ensuing drive, Ridgway converted on a fourth-down play when quarterback Ben McDonald broke loose for 13 yards to the Coudersport 33. But the Falcon defense swatted away two passes, line Zach Elenchin sacked McDonald for a five-yard loss and Brad Green followed with a five-yard sack.

Coudersport embarked on a time-consuming drive, alternating running backs Hoffman, Elenchin and Ben Ragosta. It ended when Hite duped the Elkers again on the fake handoff and tossed a 13-yard touchdown pass to Ragosta.

Ridgway added a token touchdown in the closing seconds.

“We had both components, offense and defense, working well tonight,” Coach Fink said. “The defense really stepped up in the second half.”

Coudersport held the Elkers to 223 total yards. Hite’s three scoring strikes and Hoffman’s 213 yard of total offense were complemented by Elenchin’s 73 yards gained on 13 carries.

Coudersport was due to host St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy on Friday night. Remainder of the schedule is; Sept. 20, at Port Allegany; Sept. 27, Sheffield; Oct. 4, Cameron County (homecoming); Oct. 11, at Smethport; Oct. 18, at Otto-Eldred; Oct. 25, Kane.

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