Hornell Football started years before I entered High School. My passion for the game was created by the stars of the Red Raiders in the late sixties. I loved going to the games and dreamed of playing in the current Baseball Stadium. The dreams carried over to sandlot games. I was Jimmy Moretti when I played Quarterback, Charlie Young at Receiver or Jack Dailey when I played Linebacker. When it was my turn in 1970 and 1971, those games were some of my lifetime favorites with teammates Walden, Hogan, Chambliss, Libordis, Sirianis, Sciottis, Kelly, Cleveland, Davidson, Angell, Babcock, Hollands, Mobley, Tillman and several others.
-Mike Waufle '72 Defensive Line Coach Buffalo Bills
A paragraph cannot do justice to the impact that Gene Mastin, Red Raider Football and Hornell High School played in my life. Despite experiencing both individual and team success prior to moving to Hornell, I did not realize what it meant to be a part of a football family. The coaching staff, school and town combine to create an atmosphere where community pride comes with wearing a Red Raider jersey. A standard of excellence is set and then the instruction, support and encouragement is given to reach that level. Although we won our share of games, the true measure of our time were the lessons in commitment, preparation, toughness and perseverance that led us to reach for our potential. My decision to pursue a career in coaching and any success I have experienced since can be directly traced to the formative and positive experience of playing for the Red Raiders. I will always be grateful and proud to have played for Gene Mastin and to represent him and Hornell football with all future achievements.
-Jon McLaughlin '86 Offensive Line Coach/Run Game Coordinator Columbia University.
Bill Dugan, Class of 1977 - Dugan a nine varsity letterman, was a three-year starter in football, basketball and track. He is often referred to as the greatest offensive lineman in the history of the program at HHS. He was the first Red Raider to be selected to the All-Greater Rochester First Team as well as All-MYS in the large school division. He was also an All-Sullivan Trail First Team selection. In track, he set the school standard in the shot put at 63-11, a record which still stands today and may never be broken. It was the longest NYS throw of the 1977 season and the third longest in Section V. Dugan was one of the top offensive lineman prospects, earning a full scholarship to play football at Penn State and had the opportunity to participate in four bowl games — two Fiesta Bowls, Sugar Bowl and Liberty Bowl 1977. Dugan attended Penn State University from 1977-1981 and earned a Bachelor of Science in Administration of Justice in 1986. He was an “All American” in 1980, which honors the best player at each position. The 1980 NCAA All-America team consisted of a few Sunday great, such as, John Elway, Cris Colinsworth, Herschel Walker, Leonard Mitchell, Ronny Lot, Lawrence Taylor, John Scully, and Mike Singletary. Dugan a 6’x4”, 275 right tackle was the 58th overall pick in the NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks. Dugan also played with Minnesota-1984 and with the Baltimore Stars of the USFL in their championship season in 1985 and the New York Giants-1987.
November 6, 2010 - Austin Dwyer ran for a career-high 273 yards on 29 carries, with one touchdown over Ithaca Saturday that gave AU the conference title and a berth in the NCAA championship tournament. The 273 yards were the second-highest for a single game in AU history and pushed Dwyer over the 1,000-yard mark for the season. He leads the Empire 8 Conference in rushing. It marks the second time this year Dwyer has been named Empire 8 Offensive Player of the Week; he also earned the honor after a Sept. 25 win at Springfield, when he ran for 168 yards on 22 carries.
Dwyer was named Empire 8 Conference Rookie of the Year and finished his freshman season setting a new single-season record at Alfred University with 1,412. The former record was 1,406 yards set in 2007. Alfred University Saxons season ended with an appearance in the NCAA Division III East Region Final vs. second ranked Mt. Union on December 4, 2010. See more about Alfred University Saxons >>
2011: Played in 11 games and led the team in rushing with 980 yards a team-high 191 carries, with nine rushing touchdowns. His 67-yard run against Hartwick was the longest run from scrimmage by an AU player in 2011…Caught 15 passes for 87 yards and returned 21 kick-offs for 478 yards and a touchdown (85 yards, vs. Utica)…Was named a First Team Empire 8 all-star as a tailback and a Second Team pick as a return man.
2012: Played in seven games. Gained 296 yards on 65 carries and scored two touchdowns. Caught seven passes for 40 yards. Returned six kickoffs for 111 yards. Recorded a tackle.
Prior to AU he helped lead the Hornell Red Raiders to their first State Championship Title in 2009. Austin was the 2009 New York State Class B Player of Year, AGR Player of the Year, State Finals MVP and Section V single-season rushing record with 2,836 at Hornell High School.
Section V All-Time Most Yards Rushing Season-2,826 Yards
Seven (7) 200+ Yard Rushing Games In One Season
Yards Rushing for Career-4391 on 547 Carries 2007-2009
Most Yards Rushing in One Game-399 on 35 Carries
Zapata rushed for 1691 yards and 21 touchdowns his senior year. He finished with 81 touchdowns and 6101 yards as a Red Raider. Sixth place all time in rushing yards and seventh place all time for scoring in the state of New York. Zapata was a first-team All-State selection at running back as a sophomore and junior, rushing for 5820 yards and 77 touchdowns combined. He is currently the ninth all time leading rusher over his career in New York State history. Section V All-Time Rushing Record - 6,101 Yards Section V All-Time Scoring Record - 507 Section V All-Time Touchdown Record - 81 May 15, 2009, Congratulations Dave Zapata ('08 HHS Grad) on graduating at the Naval Academy Prep School (NAPS). David was named MVP of the 2008 NAPS football team. David graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy, May 2013 and was selected as an officer into the prestigous community of Surface Warfare. Congratulations David!
Brian played and started on all four years on the varsity football (and basketball) teams and was a member of the 1997 Section V Class B Champion Red Raiders. He earned a number of awards in both basketball and football. Awards in football included three conference all-star selections, 1997 Section V Class B MVP, 2nd team spot on the All-NYS team. He also set the school record for most passing yards in a season. Following graduation in Hornell, Brian attended Ithaca College and broke the passing record for the Ithaca Bombers. Mike served as JV football coach at Hornell High School from 1984 through 1990, and again from 1998 through 2006. His teams include four undefeated teams. He was an integral part of the Section V varsity titles in 1987, 1988, 2004 and 2005. Mike remains active with the Red Raider football program and is a Hornell businessman and community leader. Following graduation in Hornell, Mike attended Bucknell University. He and his wife, Sharon, also a Bucknell Alum, continue to follow Bucknell sports where their three children, Sandy, Laura and Eric attended. Eric, a 2007 Hornell grad and also a member of the Hornell Football team, is in his Freshman year at Bucknell.
Always in our Memories
Forever in our Hearts
October 28, 2008
In Loving Memory Video
Trooper Larry Gleason - who played as a Hornell Varsity Red Raider 1988, 1989, 1990 - was killed in the line of duty on February 11, 2002. We are honored to provide a link to the new Trooper Larry Gleason Memorial Website Please visit the website where you will find information on the Larry Gleason Memorial Golf Tournament, Honors, Memorial Grant, Pride Ride, and much more. Larry will be forever remembered by us all.