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Northstars win two-day OT classic with Auburn

At 7 p.m. last Friday night, the Cicero-North Syracuse football kicked off against the Auburn Maroons at Holland Stadium.

It ended with the Northstars prevailing, 35-28, over the Maroons in overtime -- nearly 24 hours later.

What was a routine game turned into something much different when, during the second quarter, the lights at Holland Stadiium went out.

This was the second time in as many weeks that a power outage affected a Class AA-1 league game. The same thing happened back on Sept. 15, at West Genseee, toward the end of the third quarter in the Wildcats' game against CBA.

Back then, in Camilus, the two teams waited out an 80-minute delay, then resumed the game. West Genesee, who had erased a 20-point deficit to CBA, lost all its momentum in the delay and eventually lost the game to the Brothers, 41-27.

In the case of CNS and Auburn, much more time remained in the game -- two-plus quarters, to be exact. After a lengthy delay, it was decided to send everyone home and resume again on Saturday at 4 p.m.

So they did, and the game's wild, topsy-turvy nature emerged again as if no delay ever occurred.

Through it all, one constant truth remained -- CNS, at 0-2 in AA-1 league play, badly needed this gam. And as such, senior quarterback Greg Larioni had the finest performance of his long varsity career.

Before the delay, Larioni had thrown three touchdown passes. He had connected with Anthony Dolson on a 15-yard strike before digging his team out of a hole with a 91-yard bomb to Steven Ianzito. He then hit Ianzito again on a 27-yard scoring reception.

At first, the day-long wait to resume the game cooled off both Larioni and his teammates. Auburn surged ahead, 28-21, on Matt Hoey's 17-yard TD run and Darnell Murphy's 17-yard scoring pass to Brandon DeBagio.

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