Breaking down Hornell vs. Dansville football matchup

Wednesday, 7 p.m. at Ralph Clements Field

Sean Curran
The Evening Tribune
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Last Week: The Red Raiders struggled in the second half of play as they dropped the 36-19 final to Waterloo on the road in Waterloo. Dansville dropped a tough contest to the Livonia Bulldogs by a 32-6 final in Livonia.

Last Matchup: While the Mustangs and the Red Raiders have a longstanding relationship in the LCAA, they have not played since 2017, where Hornell cruised to the 61-0 win in Hornell in week six.

Red Raiders O: 20.0 ppg

Red Raiders D: 37.0 ppg

Mustangs O: 11.3 ppg

Mustangs D: 21.6 ppg

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Players to Watch: Hornell — Dominic Nasca (QB/LB), Brennan Khork (RB/LB), Marty Pieklo (TE/LB), Andrew Deebs (OL/DE), Johnathan Brown (OL/DL), Nathan Day (OL/DL), Alexander Lockwood (OL/DL). Dansville — Evan Pruonto (RB/LB), Ryan Carnevale (RB/DB), Billy Barrett (QB/DB), Logan Young (RB/DB), Gavin Brooks (WR/DB), Nathan Lafaye (RB/DL), Shane Crandall (OL/DL).

3 Keys to Watch:

1. The Hornell Red Raiders have a lot of youth on the defensive side of the ball, and it has shown early in the season. But HHS has also improved every single week, and if they have started to make a leap into being a good defensive group, that will go a long way into getting the win this week.

2. The Dansville attack is varied and uses several different options to move the ball down the field. The more players that can get involved early, the better off the Mustangs will be and the harder it will be for the Red Raiders to get stops.

3. Hornell and Dansville have both shown flashes of brilliance in their first three games, but have not quite made enough plays to come out on the winning side in two of their three games. Whichever team puts together the most complete effort on Wednesday will be the team that will come away with a win in what will surely be a close game.