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Southern Tier Sports Report
The Corning Hawks are home for their home opener today as they play host to Christian Brothers Academy today.

A week ago Corning fell to Cicero North Syracuse, while CBA topped Union-Endicott 56-0.

For the Hawks they are ready to get back to work after last week.

“We are excited to get back after it again after last week,” Corning coach Mike Johnston Jr. said.

The Hawks know there is a lot you can improve on between the first two games of the season.

“They say you improve the most from week one to week two,” Johnston Jr. said. “We got back to the basics. Blocking schemes and ball security on offense, tackling and being more confident because we know our assignments and can fly to the ball on defense.”

Corning knows they face a tough test this week.

“Another small college team,” Johnston Jr. said. “They have size, athleticism, weapons all over the field. They are well coached with a veteran staff. CBA has the best defense I’ve seen in a long time.”

The Hawks know they have to play smart this week.

“Control the clock, be on offense,” Johnston Jr. said. “Turnovers and takeaways on both sides of the ball, solid special teams, contain their weapons on defense.”

On offense the Hawks know they must limit mistakes.

“We must take care of the football,” Johnston Jr. said. “The ball is the program. We must sustain blocks and keep drives alive. Take chances and play to win.”

On defense the Hawks know they must limit the big plays.

“Contain their big weapons, minimize big gains, create turnovers, force them to punt and tackle,” Johnston Jr. said.

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