Greg Klein STAFF WRITER
---- — The second half was Cooperstown’s undoing as Morrisville-Eaton/Hamilton spoiled Friday night homecoming with an 18-0 football win.
Three third-quarter drives by the Warriors led to two touchdowns in the quarter and a third just eight seconds into the fourth quarter. Nick Christman had all three touchdowns in the game, including one on an 80-yard run.
For Cooperstown the game was an improvement over big losses to Dolgeville and West Canada Valley, but the opportunity for the first win of the season slipped away in the second half. Instead Morrisville-Eaton/Hamilton (1-3) left town with its first win of the season.
Three times in the first half the Hawkeyes stopped the Warriors on fourth down. The opening drive of the game ended after Christman gained five yards up the middle on fourth-and-nine at the Cooperstown 25. The Warriors second drive ended on the Cooperstown five-yard line when Ben Carentz made a fourth-down tackle less than 90 seconds in the second quarter. Seven minutes later, Kenneth Stahl stopped a fourth-and-two play on a drive that again made it to the Cooperstown five-yard line.
The Hawkeyes never had a similar opportunity in the half, going three-and-out twice and getting over midfield only once.
In the third quarter, the Warriors broke the game open.
After recovering a fumble by Joe Harmon to start the quarter, the Warriors went 55 yards on six plays for the first score of the game. Christman scored on a one-yard run around the left end at 7:55 of the quarter for a 6-0 lead. Kyle Hagmann missed the extra point wide left.
Cooperstown had its best opportunity of the game on the next series after recovering a fumbled punt on the Warriors’ 25-yard line. The Hawkeyes got to the eight on a pass interference call, but then moved backward. Quarterback Carmen Booan fumbled a snap, threw two incomplete passes and was sacked on fourth down.
The Warriors took over on their 20-yard line, and on the next play, Christman ran 80 yards for another touchdown, starting around left end and then cutting back to the right to swerve away from the Cooperstown defense. M-E got a personal foul called on the play, but it was assessed on the kickoff. A two-point conversion failed, making the score 12-0 with 1:43 left in the quarter.
After another Cooperstown three-and-out series, the Warriors scored in just three plays. A 49-yard run by E.J. Hackney to start the series was the big play. Christman scored again on a six-yard run up the middle. Hackney was stopped short on the conversion; M-E led 18-0 with 11:52 left in the game.
Cooperstown got into Warrior territory again on the next series behind a 25-yard run by Harmon. But on fourth-and-four from the 33, Booan’s pass to Harmon was incomplete for another turnover on downs.
Michael Perrino made an interception late for Cooperstown, but the Hawkeyes were unable to capitalize.
Cooperstown (0-4, 0-4) plays at Herkimer on Friday at 7 p.m.
M-E/H 18, Cooperstown 0
M-E/H 0 0 12 6 — 18
Cooperstown 0 0 0 0 — 0
Nick Christman 1-yard run (kick failed), 7:55.
Nick Christman 80-yard run (run failed), 1:43.
Nick Christman 6-yard run (run failed), 11:52.