The Coudersport Falcons won their sixth homecoming game in a row since 2015 Friday night, 39-20, over the visiting Crusaders of Elk County Catholic.
The last time Coudersport lost a homecoming game was in 2014 against Port Allegany, 20-18. Here are the winning homecoming game scores since then.
2015: Sheffield, 26-7
2016: Smethport, 26-14
2017: Cameron County, 42-0
2018: Otto-Eldred, 47-6
2019: Port Allegany, 55-0
The Falcons started off quickly, receiving the opening kick and driving down the field for a touchdown in just 3:02. Hayden Keck started the scoring with a four-yard run and two-point conversion.
After a Crusader punt, Keck accounted for another touchdown, this time through the air — a 49-yard completion to Dalton Keglovits and another Keck run for the conversion.
The Falcons forced the Crusaders to punt once again, but the snap was over the head of ECC’s punter and was gang-tackled in the end zone while attempting to recover it, forcing the ball out of the back of the endzone for a safety. The last Coudersport safety was in 2018 against Cameron County in a 71-0 season-opening home win.
With Coudersport retaining possession, freshman Gavyn Ayers got his first offensive touchdown of his varsity career, a 36-yard dash to paydirt. That score capped off a great first quarter with the score at 24-0.
However, the Crusaders returned the favor of the first quarter with a strong start to the second quarter. Running back Sam Kaul took a handoff 17 yards to the house for their first score, and after a fumble, Mason McAllister was able to find Kaul again but through the air for a 15-yard scoring pass with 9:48 to play in the half.
The Falcons then ate up the clock, and Hayden Keck found Dalton Keglovits deep into the red zone at the three for a 32-yard completion. Keck then ran for a three-yard touchdown as the fog rolled in, setting the halftime score at 32-14.
Scoring was at a minimum in the second half, as there was just one score from both teams. Gavyn Ayers recovered a Crusader fumble, and Keck took the ball 32 yards for Coudersport’s last score of the night on the first offensive play of the second half.
Closing out the scoring for Elk County Catholic was Nick Crisp on a two-yard run with 6:18 to go in the third.
From that point on, it was mainly a series of fourth down stops and punts.
In overall stats, Coudersport’s Hayden Keck was 2/8 passing for 81 yards and a touchdown, and ran 12 times for 119 yards and three scores.
Gavyn Ayers carried 8 times for 97 yards and a touchdown while Brandt Kightlinger ran 20 times for 110 yards.
Cale Ayers and Hayden Keck led defensively, Ayers with 16 total tackles and Keck with 12.
For Elk County Catholic, Mason McAllister was 6/16 passing for 49 yards and a touchdown, while Sam Kaul carried 17 times for 168 yards and two scores, one passing and one receiving. Nick Crisp added 86 yards on 23 carries.
The Falcons improved to 3-0 and will travel to Otto-Eldred this Friday. The Terrors would not have played in two weeks due to a coronavirus issue that caused a postponement of their game with Cameron County. Otto-Eldred will technically be coming off a bye week after defeating Port Allegany on the road, 40-30, Sept. 25.
In 2019, the Falcons dominated the Terrors, 73-12.
The Crusaders fell to 1-2 and will attempt to bounce back on Thursday when they host the winless Gators of Port Allegany.