BUFFALO, N.Y.- Hornell's #25 Julian Reinhart exploded for three touchdowns in the second half to help the Red Raiders defeat Cleveland Hill 27-6 at All High Stadium and advance to the New York State Class C Semifinals.
The game was closely contested early on as a #9 Richie Harkenrider touchdown pass to #2 Brendan Buisch was the only scoring of the first half, giving Hornell a 7-0 lead after 24 minutes of play.
In the second half though it quickly became the Julian Reinhart show. After the Eagles were forced to punt Reinhart took the return 76 yards to the house to give the Red Raiders a 14-0 lead with 6:56 to go in the third quarter.
Cleveland Hill would cut into that lead as quarterback #15 Jacob Radlich found #35 Jonathan Thomas for a nine-yard touchdown pass. After being unsuccessful on a two point conversion attempt the score was 14-6 with 2:34 left in the third quarter.
The score would remain the same into the fourth quarter until a Cleveland Hill fumble would give Hornell the ball deep in Eagle territory. Reinhart received a four-yard touchdown pass from Harkenrider, giving the Red Raiders a 20-6 advantage with 6:46 left in the 4th quarter.
On the very first play of the next Cleveland Hill drive Reinhart would make himself known again, this time scoring on a 44-yard pick six to ice the game.
Reinhart finished the day with 6 catches for 93 yards along with three interceptions.
Hornell moves to 11-0 on the season and will play the winner of the Skaneateles/Chenango Forks game in the Class C semifinals next Saturday.
Cleveland Hill finishes the season 8-3 as Class C Section VI champions.