The #2 seeded Homer Trojans defeated New Hartford (1st seed) with a score of 34-20 in the Section III Class B Sectional Championship game at the Carrier Dome on Saturday.
It was a close game from the beginning, with both teams scoring back and forth. The score was tied (14-14) at the end of the half.
Both teams scored rushing touchdowns in the third quarter and failed to convert their extra point conversions, making it 20-20.
The Trojans were then able to score two more touchdowns in the final quarter to take a 34-20 lead, and that gave Homer their first sectional title since 2017.
Homer’s touchdowns were scored by Sam Sorenson (2 rushing touchdowns), David Morse (1 rushing touchdown), Logan Peck (1 rushing touchdown), Will Dady (1 touchdown reception pass from Jake Calabro). Homer was also able to score on two out of four 2-point conversions.
The Trojan’s offense was led by Sam Sorenson (141 rushing yards), David Morse (138 rushing yards), Will Dady (67 receiving yards), and Jake Calabro (73 passing yards).
Homer’s defense was led by Jake Calabro (1 interception), Sam Sorenson (14 tackles), Zack Arnold (11 tackles), Hunter Riehlman (9 tackles & 1 sack), and Tayvn Malchak (9 tackles).
New Hartford was led by Alex Collver (126 rushing yards & 1 rushing touchdown), Luke Strassberger (77 receiving yards, 11 rushing yards & 1 rushing touchdown), and Dominic Ambrose (128 passing yards, 1 rushing yard & 1 rushing touchdown). New Hartford was also able to score on one 2-point conversion.
Here is a score breakdown of yesterday’s sectional championship game:
With the sectional championship win, the Trojans are now 9-0 overall and will be playing in the Class B State Tournament.
Homer will begin their quest to win a state title by playing Maine-Endwell in a regional game on Saturday (November 20th) at Vestal High School. Kickoff is scheduled for 3pm.