Hayes broke in the newly-christened Cornell Stadium with a win, using a big third quarter to parlay a 7-all score at halftime into a 21-16 non-league victory over the visiting Monarchs Friday in Delaware.
Cullen Moore scored both TDs during the pivotal stretch — the first on a seven-yard run and the second on a one-yard run.
His two-yard TD run in the first quarter opened the scoring before Marysville’s Thomas Rush evened things up with a short touchdown run of his own.
Moore was lethal with his legs, but did some damage through the air, too, completing 7-of-10 passes for 126 yards.
Derrick Buford was his top target, closing with five grabs for 92 yards, while Deven Ward finished with 18 carries for 48 yards.
Hayes’ defense was opportunistic. It allowed 300-plus yard of offense, but forced four fumbles.
The football stadium, which was named after George Gauthier — a former Delaware City Schools board member and an athletic director and football coach at Ohio Wesleyan University from 1921 to 1955 — was formally renamed to honor Gerald Cornell during a ceremony prior to kickoff.
Cornell began teaching at Willis High School in 1958. He was an industrial arts and PE teacher. He moved to Hayes High School in 1962 when the building opened as a physical education teacher and taught until his retirement in 1984. He was the head football coach from 1961-1980 compiling a record of 143-121-8.
He also coached wrestling from 1964-1981. In addition he was the golf coach from 1964-1973 and coached tennis a couple years in the late 1970s. Cornell served as an assistant football coach at Ohio Wesleyan from 1981-1994.
The wrestling area of the Delaware Hayes High School is also named in Cornell’s honor.
Cornell died in 2014.