The Coudersport Falcons’ football team opens the season this weekend against the Gators of Port Allegany after waiting three weeks to play amidst the pandemic restrictions and regulations.
The Falcons buried the Gators last season 55-0 in a homecoming win, where Hayden Keck contributed six touchdowns in the victory with a stifling defensive performance from the rest of the team, shutting them out. Coudersport looks to start the season strong after having a lot of extra time to practice.
“This game will almost be like a scrimmage since that’s what we are used to doing to start off the year,” Head Coach Tom Storey said. “It gets to be very long weeks when you practice for three weeks in a row without playing somebody else. Usually after the second week of practice, we have a scrimmage. It’s hard to get through three straight weeks of just practicing while keeping the intensity and excitement up when we want to play so bad. We are obviously not treating it like one, but it will seem like it.”
Last season, the Gators’ star running back senior Josh Rees suffered an injury during the second quarter in a 27-15 loss to Smethport. They also lost wide receiver Eli Patruzzi to graduation. Storey is keeping his team prepared for whoever fills their shoes and is not overlooking who they lost.
“They are just like us. They lose some and gain some. As far as I know, they have not gained anyone like Josh Rees, but I’m sure they probably have a couple of guys to fill his running back position. Our normal approach is go out and take it to them no matter who they have out there.”
The Falcons look to keep the same focal points on offense and defense to start the season, and are more focused on winning the game first before worrying about stats or the scoreboard afterwards. The last time the Falcons lost a season opener was in 2017, a 29-8 home loss to Ridgway. Coudersport looks to make it three opening wins in a row. The last two was a 30-8 home win against Union/A-C Valley in 2019, and a 71-0 home win against Cameron County in 2018.