football -- After two straight losses, Corbett gets back on track with a 42-16 win over Gaston

Fighting for its playoff life, Corbett shook off the memory of two straight losses and dominated Gaston for a 42-16 Northwest Conference win.

Corbett (3-5, 1-2) was ranked as high as No. 3 in the state at one point this season but found itself on the losing end of two straight conference games against Knappa and Portland Christian. The Cardinals regained their peak form on Friday night, controlling every aspect of the game, much to the dismay of Gaston head coach Mike Maraia.

'They sure played like a team that was ranked No. 3 in the state,' he said. 'They stepped up and played really well. They played with a sense of urgency.'

That sense of urgency was better reflected in the final score than Corbett's style of play. The Cardinals were the very antithesis of urgent on their first possession, marching 80 yards and melting 10 minutes off the clock before Kevin Greenslade punched into the end zone from 8 yards out.

Corbett would tack on two more touchdowns in the second quarter, both on Andrew Hanes passes, to take a 21-0 lead at halftime.

The second half was more evenly matched, with Gaston (2-5, 0-2) holding the Cardinals scoreless in the third quarter and then battling to score two touchdowns in the fourth.

Andrew Kendall busted a 68-yard scoring run early in the fourth quarter and Ryan Lewis ducked into the end zone from 2 yards out later in the frame to make it 35-16, but Corbett recovered Gaston's last-ditch onside kick and scored two plays later on a 37-yard run by Greenslade to account for the final margin of victory.

Corbett opened the scoring in the second half with a 7-yard run by J.J. Porter, and the Cardinals took some of the air out of Gaston's comeback hopes by following Kendall's touchdown run with a 48-yard scoring strike from Greenslade to Spencer Childs on a reverse pass.

'We saw that play on film and I told the kids to watch out for it, but when they ran it we just weren't ready,' said Maraia.

Kendall ran for 80 yards on six carries in the loss, and Lewis had his best game of the season. The senior quarterback rushed for 37 yards and also went 10-for-15 for 156 yards through the air. Parker Bolden caught four balls for 67 yards and tight end Nick Brunswick hauled in two passes for 39.

Next up for Gaston is Homecoming on Friday. The Hounds will square off against Knappa at 7 p.m.

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