Tip Drill Is Difference

MATT SPIELMAN - Sports Writer, Jamestown Post Journal

mspielman@post-journal.com


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FALCONER — Hayden Hoag says the Salamanca Warriors have a joke: throw the ball up to his brother, Harley Hoag, and he’ll catch it.


After Tuesday night, the Hoags might have to amend the punchline.


Somebody will catch it.


Salamanca’s Cole Hedlund, left, is about to catch a tipped ball in the end zone for a touchdown during Tuesday’s Class C South football game against Falconer/Cassadaga Valley/Maple Grove at Bill Race Field.

(P-J photo by Jason Bower)


Hayden’s third-and-11 throw into the end zone went off Harley’s fingertips and into the waiting hands of teammate Cole Hedlund for a 31-yard touchdown with 4:44 remaining, sending Salamanca to a 16-13 Class C South victory over Falconer/Cassadaga Valley/Maple Grove at Bill Race Field.


“(Harley) beat his man deep. It was a scramble drill,” Hayden Hoag said postgame. “He tipped it and Cole always hustles. It was incredible how he caught that.”


Salamanca’s Cole Hedlund, left, is about to catch a tipped ball in the end zone for a touchdown during Tuesday’s Class C South football game against Falconer/Cassadaga Valley/Maple Grove at Bill Race Field. P-J photo by Jason Bower


The Warriors improved to 5-1 overall with the win and, more importantly, 3-1 in the league with games at Chautauqua Lake/Westfield/Brocton and Gowanda/Pine Valley remaining.