On a beautiful sunny afternoon, it was back and forth play between Cortland and Hartwick. The Red Dragons came off a loss against Framingham, and the Hawks came off a dominating win against Alfred State. After a crazy homecoming battle, Cortland came out on top 31-30.
The Red Dragons got off to an early lead thanks to a 20 yard pass from quarterback Steven Ferreira to wide receiver Alex Wasserman. The Hawks answered right back two minutes later when quarterback Billy Pine connected to wide receiver Koree Reed on their opening drive of the game. Hartwick did not tie up the game right away due to Cortland blocking a kick attempt for the extra point.
Cortland did not convert on their next few drives in the first quarter, and the Hawks took advantage of that. With 5:10 left and after a few plays, running back Tito Pichardo rushed for 18 yards and gave Hartwick a 13-7 lead.
In the second, Cortland converted on a drive, then Hartwick answered right back. That trend continued all throughout the quarter. The game was full of so much action that the Hawks even managed to score right with one second left before halftime. At the end of the half Hartwick was leading the Red Dragons by a score of 27-21.
The third quarter of the game was quiet between the two teams. The only scoring that occurred was when Cortland running backs Johnnie Akins and Zach Tripodi exchanged rushing plays that eventually led up to Tripodi scoring on a one yard run. The Red Dragons were leading at that point by a close score of 28-27.
In the fourth, each team converted on field goals. Hartwick scored on a 36 yard field goal with 11:20 left in the quarter, and William Holscher answered back on a 25 yard field goal a few minutes later for Cortland. That turned out to be the difference as Cortland held on to win 31-30.
When are the Red Dragons back in action?
At home on September 30 at 2 pm against Brockport.