Coraopolis, PA - On Friday, October 15, 2021, Noah Hiles, a reporter for The Times, published an article stating how the Cornell Raiders won Friday’s game against the Rochester Rams. The article states, “Last season, a young but talented Raiders group struggled to keep up with its opponents in the
Big Seven Conference, finishing the year with just one win. After a year of misery, Ed Dawson’s team entered the 2021 campaign looking to return the favor. The victory is Cornell’s sixth in a row, punching its ticket into the WPIAL Class A Playoffs. Somewhere along with the win streak, Dawson’s team found an identity. The cliche, scrappy underdog label fits Cornell (5-0, 6-1) well, but that’s not how Raiders identify themselves. They find more joy in being the villain.”
Hiles also states that Cornell is the worst team to play on your senior night. “Everyone wants to play Cornell for Homecoming and senior night,’ Raiders head coach Ed Dawson said.’’ We’re fine with that. We accept that. We like it. We talk about coming in, ruining a good night. We want to make sure the other team leaves, not wanting to go to the dance the next night.”
As Cornell heads into the playoffs, Dawson hopes to continue to win and make it to the championship.
Their first playoff game is on November 5, 2021, at the West Allegheny Football Stadium against Monessen.