Two weeks, two tough road trips, two stirring comebacks -- and two exciting victories for the Chittenango football team, who might be starting to feel that something special is happening.
The signs are everywhere, and not just in the raw numbers of the Bears' 29-28 victory over Homer last Friday night at George Butts Field -- but it was the way that it all went down.
Down by two touchdowns, 28-14, late in the third quarter as a series of turnovers led to Homer points, the Bears stormed back, thanks mainly to the quartet of Jon Stevens, Andy Moth, Justin Pistello and Jake Bicknell.
From the Trojans' 43-yard line, Stevens threw a swing pass to Moth, who followed a series of perfect blocks and took off, 57 yards to the other end zone. Zach Drake's extra point made it 28-21 going into the fourth quarter.
Thanks to a nice punt return by Jake Mills, the Bears took over on its own 42 early in the fourth quarter. Nine steady plays (most of them Pistello runs) put Chittenango on Homer's 11, where Stevens found Moth again for a second consecutive touchdown with 8:17 left in regulation.
What followed had to tell every spectator that this was Chittenango's night.
Drake, three-for-three in extra points, came in for the tying PAT. However, Bicknell, the holder, bobbled the snap, forcing him to pick the ball up and run.
In a race to the end zone, Bicknell won it, and instead of that one extra point, the Bears had two, and had sneaked into a one-point lead.
Homer got one more good chance. From his own eight-yard line, Trojan quarterback Joey Rivers completed five passes on a drive to Chittenango's 21-yard line. Already, Rivers had completed 19 of his 40 passes for 310 yards, a school record. One more great throw might help win it.