What the Liverpool football team should have remembered about last Friday's 31-12 victory over Baldwinsville at Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium was the way the Warriors' first-string players completely dominated the Bees on both sides of the ball.
However, the lingering memory of this fierce neighborhood rivalry was the way tensions spilled over to the sideline on this hot late-summer evening, leaving both teams feeling a bit embarrassed at the way it went down.
Both teams came to this game with reasons to be tense. Liverpool, beaten in the Section III Class AA semifinals each of the last two years, wants to take the last steps to the top -- but must do so on the road.
Due to the unsafe conditions of its home turf, Liverpool is playing all of its games in other spots, including four "home" games in two different locales -- Central Square and Solvay. But it does so fortified by players that went undefeated at the freshman and JV levels and now were ready for the varsity challenge.
As for B'ville, its frustrations stemmed from a pair of poor seasons in 2006 and '07 that ended a long string of AA playoff appearances. Head coach Carl Sanfilippo and his players were bent on restoring the old order, starting with Liverpool.
One of the weekend's largest crowds was on hand as the two sides exchanged empty possessions in the early minutes, waiting to see who would strike first.
Liverpool did the honors, as Cam Jones picked off an errant Nico Manning pass at the Bees' 35-yard line to set it up. Tyler Kamide drove the Warriors to the 19, from where he took off on a third-down bootleg and sprinted to the corner of the end zone, giving his team a 6-0 lead.
Early in the second quarter, Kamide struck through the air, finding Kaleb Fleming on a 30-yard pass to get the Warriors into the red zone. Greg Bell did the rest, the highly-touted junior running back going 12 yards for the TD to double the lead to 12-0.