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Mustangs pound VVS with air, ground attack

Whether on its own fast surface or on a lush grass field, the Marcellus football team is bound to put up a lot of points.

In fact, the Mustangs improved upon its shaky showing in its Sept. 5 opener against Holland Patent when it went to Vernon-Verona-Sherrill last Saturday afternoon and roared past the Red Devils 39-19.

On its way to a 2-0 mark, Marcellus relied, again, on the passing gifts of junior quarterback Will Fiacchi -- but got just as valuable a boost from sophomore Ricky Alfreds and his running mates.

Marcellus and VVS had a recent history of drama. They had met, on this exact same field, in last year's opening round of the Section III Class B playoffs, and a last-minute touchdown propelled the Mustangs to a 19-14 win.

Every Red Devils fan remembered that day and wanted some payback, but would find that difficult once the Mustangs' attack got rolling.

Before that, though, VVS got the first points on the board. A 32-yard pass from sophomore quarterback Tyler Mautner to Derek Chmilewski got the Red Devils moving on a 77-yard march. From the Mustangs' 17-yard line, on fourth-down-and-seven, Mautner threw to the end zone -- and Jeremy Roden made a diving catch for the touchdown.

Down 7-0, Marcellus kept cool and proceeded with its own 66-yard march. And just like VVS, it would score on fourth down when, from the seven-yard line, Fiacchi rolled out and, buying himself some time, found Scott Cotter in the end zone. Brendan Carey's extra point tied it, 7-7.

Following a VVS fumble, the Mustangs drove inside the VVS five-yard line as the second quarter got underway. On yet another important fourth-down play, the Red Devils got caught for holding in the end zone, making it first-and-goal. Alfreds scored one play later, giving Marcellus the lead for good.

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