Hawks tame Lions in Bowl semifinal 37-0
Three long special teams touchdown plays highlighted Holley’s 37-0 romp over visiting Wellsville this afternoon in the semifinals of the Section V Class C-1 Connors and Ferris Bowl.
Camron Labarge ignited that scoring spree when he returned a punt 65 yards for a touchdown just 2:19 into the game to put Holley on top to stay 7-0 as Ryan Andrews added the first of his four extra point kicks.
The Hawks quickly made it 14-0 five minutes later when Jacob Affronti scored on a 3-yard touchdown run, a tally he set up himself with a big 49 yard gain on the previous snap.
Holley’s lead increased to 17-0 at the half on a 34 yard field goal by Andrews with just 21 seconds remaining in the second quarter. Labarge had back-to-back pickups of 17 and 12 yards to highlight the drive.
The Hawks defense also had a big first half as Matt Hahn had 3 tackles for losses, Zach VanAmeron 2 and Jeremy Mallett an interception.
Holley’s other two big special teams scoring plays came in the second half as Affronti returned the opening kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown to make it 24-0 and then Labarge had a 55 yard punt return for a TD with 3:6 remaining in the fourth quarter to round out the scoring.
Earlier in the final quarter, Nick Schutz had a 5 yard touchdown run, a tally set up by runs of 28 yards by Labarge and 14 by Michael Passarell.
Defensively for the Hawks in the second half, Mallett forced a fumble which was recovered by Affronti and Labarge had an interception.
Regaining the .500 mark at 4-4, Holley will next visit league rival Attica in the C-1 Bowl championship game at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. Attica blanked Wayland-Cohocton 23-0 in the other semifinal. The Blue Devils blanked the Hawks 35-0 in the season opener.