Lucas Lyons scored three touchdowns Saturday, rallying Cooperstown to a 38-36 Section Three non-division football victory over visiting New York Mills to end a 13-game skid.
New York Mills jumped to a 22-0 lead after one quarter, but Lyons scored on a 4-yard run with 3 minutes, 26 seconds left before halftime. Carmen Booan then hit Joe Harmon with a two-point conversion pass to pull Cooperstown to 22-8.
Cooperstown outscored NYM, 14-6, in the third quarter as Mike Perrino rushed for a 3-yard TD and Lyons followed another 4-yard TD run with the first of his three two-point conversion runs.
Harmon’s 4-yard TD run and a second conversion run by Lyons with 5:53 left gave Cooperstown its first lead, at 30-28, but NYM responded with a TD pass and a conversion pass 31 seconds later.
Lyons then tied the score at 36 with his final TD run, plunging in from 2 yards out with 34.4 seconds to go. He got the call again on the conversion attempt and ran it in for the final margin.
Lyons finished with a season-best 252 rushing yards on 34 carries for Cooperstown, which got 94 ground yards on 17 carries from Perrino.
First-year head coach Joe Pestar earned his first victory as head coach of Cooperstown (1-6), which plays in the Class D East Division.
Cooperstown followed a 43-20 season-opening defeat of NYM in 2012 with seven straight losses. The program is 2-21 over the last three seasons as it went 0-8 in 2011.
Delhi 40, D-H 2
Brian Ingram scored four touchdowns to lead host Delhi to a victory in the Section Four Football Conference on Saturday.
Ingram ran 20 times for 164 yards. His first touchdown was a 3-yard run with 5:40 left in the first quarter. Ingram followed TD runs of 3 and 44 yards in the second quarter and had a 5-yard scoring run in the third period as well.