|SECTION IV FOOTBALL: SVEC GIVES CANDOR PLAYERS ROUSING HOMECOMING (16 PHOTOS) (2018-10-05)
Tioga County Sports Report
CANDOR — SVEC gave its Candor players a rousing homecoming Friday night — and snapped a 4-game losing streak in the process.
SVEC head coach Mike Chaffee applauded the efforts of this team, especially the performance of Matthew Byrne.
The sophomore quarterback threw three touchdown passes and ran for another to guide the Eagles to a 43-6 Division IV victory over Harpursville / Afton. It ended a skid in which SVEC dropped three games by eight or fewer points each.
“It was nice to kind of get back on track and get back heading where we want to be,” said Chaffee. “It’s a good feeling. I’m happy for our guys, especially our Candor seniors, their homecoming. It was nice to get them a win on their homecoming night.”
Byrne scored on a 1-yard run with just over five minutes left in the first quarter and Christan Haynes’ PAT kick gave SVEC all the points it would need.
Just seven second into the second period, Byrne hit Nathan Mack with a 20-0 yard TD pass, making it 13-0.
The Hornets would get their only points on a 1-yard run by Luke Merrill at 8:09 of the quarter.
Byrne struck for his second TD pass of the night late in the half, finding Cameron Fitzgerald with a 33-yard strike. But, before the period could end, Fitzgerald added another TD, this one a 60-yard punt return.
The Eagles came out of the locker room with a 25-6 advantage, but didn’t let up, scoring again three minutes into the third quarter. Once again, it was Byrne going to the air, this time hitting Caleb Vaow for a 26-yard TD.
On its next possession, SVEC went back to the ground game to find the end zone with James Sutherlin scampering in from 32 yards out.
Th Eagles’ Alex Morse got in on the scoring action, scoring on a 2-yard run with 3:40 remaining in the game.
SVEC outgained Harpursville, 374-145, with Byrne going 10-for-17 for 217 yards with three TDs and one interception.
He found five different receivers with Fitzgerald catching three passes for 92 yard. Vaow, Sutherlin and Noah Mack caught two passes apiece and, along with Nathan Mack’s one reception, the quartet combined for 125 receiving yards.
On the ground, Sutherlin added 68 yards on seven carries, Haynes rushed 12 time for 52 and Morse had four runs for 46 more.
The Hornets (1-5, 0-3) had 76 yards passing and 69 rushing. Brody Oleksak was 7-for-22 and was picked off three times.
SVEC (2-4, 1-2) travels to Whitney Point (3-2, 2-1) next Saturday.
IN PHOTO 1: SVEC's Christian Haynes. … PHOTOS COURTESY OF MATT PATTON.
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