Wildcats edge Liverpool, are lone 3-0 AA team

Those that forecast, before the 2007 season got underway, that the West Genesee football team would be the last remaining undefeated team in the Section III Class AA ranks can raise their hands now.

Chances are, it's a small group -- which makes the reality for Wildcat fans that much sweeter.

For the second week in a row, WG pulled out an exciting, gut-wrenching contest, this time going to Liverpool to top the Warriors 24-21 in a fight to see who would get an early edge in the Class AA-1 division race.

Luke Cometti, a clutch performer better known for his heroics on the lacrosse field, made the difference with his right foot this time around, belting a 25-yard field goal through the uprights with 24 seconds left to break a 21-21 tie.

This was atonement for Cometti, who had seen a 33-yard attempt bounce off the upright, no good, with 7:13 left - and due to circumstances beyond his control, he had a long time to think about it.

Barely a minute after Cometti's miss, lightning was spotted in the distance, and both teams were sent off the field for 30 minutes, as state rules require. Such an interruption, with the game's outcome in doubt, can cause even good teams to lose focus.

WG kept it, though, and took full advantage when Liverpool fumbled on the possession following the delay. Aided by a pass interference penalty and a solid ground game, the Wildcats, ignoring the windy conditions, drove inside the Warriors' 10-yard line and ate up much of the remaining clock, too.

Now Cometti had his second chance. The 25-yard kick wobbled in the wind, but flew through the uprights this time, and WG was still unbeaten.

That breeze -- which blew more than 30 miles per hour at times -- played a key role in the game, as Liverpool all but abandoned throwing the ball.

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