Big plays by Waterville and penalties by Cooperstown spoiled the CCS Hawkeyes’ home football debut on Saturday.
The Indians won 40-20 as quarterback Jon Piersma had two passing and two rushing touchdowns. Piersma was 10-13 for 236 yards, and was particularly effective on third-down conversations. He converted all eight of his third-down attempts, five passing and three rushing. He had passes of 29, 30, 50, 24 and 37 yards. He also caught a pass on a two-point conversion and rushed for 114 yards on 12 carries.
“He had some nice passes,” Cooperstown coach Joe Pestar said. “He was quick and a strong runner. He’s a good quarterback. We didn’t get enough pressure on him, but when we did get some pressure, he was out of there.”
After Cooperstown punted on its first possession of the game, Piersma threw a 29-yard touchdown pass on third down to Luke Leachman with 7:41 left in the first quarter. The extra point failed.
“We let them get behind us on a few passes,” Pestar said. “That’s something we have to work on.”
Cooperstown drove the ball well on its next drive, but couldn’t score. The CCS Hawkeyes had an 18-play drive that included converting three third downs and lasted nearly 9 minutes. But a false start on first-and-goal at the one-yard line pushed the team back five yards and four runs failed to get the ball in the end zone.
The Indians responded with a 99-yard drive to make it 14-0. Piersma converted a third-and-ten and a third-and-six with a 30-yard pass to Casey Jones and a 13-yard pass to Zach Sawyer on the drive. Leachman scored the touchdown on a three-yard run up the middle. On a fake kick, Jones threw to Piersma for the two-point conversion.
Cooperstown scored on its next possession. E.J. Perez started the drive with a 36-yard kickoff return to the Waterville 44. The Hawkeyes took five plays to score. Lucas Lyons got the touchdown on a 26-yard cut-back run with 2:10 left in the half. Carmen Booan threw to Michael Perrino for the conversion.