Hubbard wins 6th straight: Tops Jefferson 46-7
HUBBARD — What’s the difference between a falcon and an eagle?
About 39 points — if one is judging by the Hubbard and Jefferson matchup Friday night at Alumni Field.
Hubbard continued to soar, winning its homecoming contest 46-7 to move to 6-0 overall and 3-0 in the Northeast-8 Conference.
T.C. Caffey rushed for 195 yards and four touchdowns on 23 carries and Ben Wilcox scored on offense and defense to lead the Hubbard effort.
“We have a special group of seniors who are good leaders; it’s not just me,” Caffey said. “Our offensive line was great again tonight like they have been all season. It’s been going great, just as we planned and hoped the season would be going.”
Coach Brian Hoffman is feeling some of the same vibes.
“This is a special group,” he said. “We also started 6-0 in 2018, but this group just comes to work and keeps its focus and thinks about one game at a time. We never overlook any opponent. So even though this was homecoming week and there are plenty of activities, I never doubted that our guys wouldn’t come out here, be prepared and focused, and do their thing.”
The Eagles went three-and-out with the opening possession, but never punted again. They scored on their next five possessions of the half to stake a 32-0 halftime lead and precipitate a running second-half clock.
Caffey scored the first points on a 4-yard run and Joshua Ruban intercepted a pass from Jefferson quarterback Grant Hitchcock on the next play from scrimmage. Caffey took the following snap 32 yards for his second touchdown in 22 seconds and a 14-0 lead.
The Falcons (3-3, 0-2) got three first downs on their next possession before getting thwarted and punting to pin the hosts deep in their own end.
On the very next play, Wilcox burst around right end and darted down the home sidelines for a 92-yard touchdown run.
In Hubbard’s next possession, Caffey lined up to punt on fourth-and-8. But it proved to be a fake and Caffey got loose for a 49-yard touchdown scamper as the hosts built a 29-0 cushion midway through the second quarter.
Jefferson again netted three first downs before punting and Hubbard began its last possession of the half on its 33 with 1:08 left. The Eagles overcame a pair of holding penalties, one which wiped out a potential touchdown, and settled for a 31-yard field goal by Kyle Walker as time expired.
“We played very solid, very well in all phases of the game,” Hoffman said. “I like what we did on special teams, on offense and on defense.
“T.C. is having a special year running the ball, but even he will tell you that the offensive linemen and even the receivers are blocking well for him to be able to put up those numbers.”
Senior Alex Goodrick, at 6-foot-3, 230 pounds, is one of the leaders on the line.
“There’s nothing more special than us doing our jobs and then watching the play downfield when T.C. is busting it,” Goodrick said. “We are thrilled by that, but we don’t like to run all the way down the field to celebrate. We’re too big to join in (the celebration) on those long ones.”
Wilcox earned Hubbard’s final points when he returned an interception 28 yards for a touchdown with 35 seconds remaining in the third quarter. The Eagles had three interceptions as a team.
The Eagles will look to stay perfect next week when they travel to Cortland to play Lakeview.
“We’re going to come back next week and work hard to improve like we do every week,” Hoffman said. “We want them consistently working hard and improving. That’s the key, maintaining that focus and our work ethic.”
The Eagles are right where they thought they would be when the season began.
“We had a lot of doubters out there,” Goodrick said. “That motivated us. We’re proving them wrong and we’re going to continue to try to prove them wrong every time we take the field.”