Meanwhile, the Warriors' own passing attack took off, as Kamide used passes of 24 yards (to Zach Crotty) and 37 yards (to Mike Suatoni) to set up Caruso's second TD, a four-yard run. Liverpool kept that 14-7 lead to the break.
Twice in the third quarter, Liverpool would build the lead. Twice, F-M would answer.
Caruso's 32-yard run got the Warriors close to the end zone midway through the period before Kamide found Suatoni for a six-yard scoring pass. F-M countered with a 70-yard march, mostly on the ground, with Straub going the last five yards to make it 21-14.
Later in the period, Billy Donlon, after catching a pass inside the Warriors' 10-yard line, fumbled, and Liverpool pounced on it. Immediately, Liverpool decided to go deep -- and Kamide, from his own end zone, hit T.J. Davis in stride, and Davis went the distance, 94 yards for a touchdown, the kind of big play that breaks lesser teams.
However, Liverpool found out that F-M was far from a lesser team. The Hornets again answered by going to the Warriors' 15-yard line, from where Rosenbaum followed his blocks on the trademark F-M sweep to go in the end zone.
They went to the fourth quarter. Liverpool, up 28-21, went on the march again, to F-M's 20, and were about to put it away as Mark Sperdutti caught a pass from Kamide near the Hornets' goal line.
But just before Sperduti reached paydirt, defensive back Shane Bush stripped him of the ball, and Anthony Krizman recovered in the end zone -- a game-saving play, as it turned out.
Charged up, F-M drove in side the Warriors' 20-yard line. And while it did not lead to any points, it set up Liverpool deep in its own territory, forcing a bad punt -- and giving the Hornets one more chance.