Ryan Lacey didn't need to throw the ball deep.
Lacey and his Cicero-North Syracuse football team was tied, after all, with Christian Brothers Academy in the closing seconds of regulation during Friday night's game at Bragman Stadium, and the Northstars had some options.
The Northstars had just enough time to run a play or two and move closer to the field-goal range of Andrew Falvey, who had a chance on any kick 50 yards or closer.
Then again, why not take a chance? CNS, after all, was never supposed to beat the Brothers, and certainly wasn't supposed to win after falling behind 16-0 in the first quarter.
Lacey indeed took that chance and threw it deep - and Jaiqwan Jones beat the Brothers' defenders and caught it in the end zone with 10 seconds to play, causing bedlam among CNS partisans and leading to a 23-16 victory.
The win had all kinds of ramifications. CNS now stood at 3-1 and, more importantly, 2-0 in the Class AA-1 division, tied with Baldwinsville for first place. And the Northstars will meet the Bees Friday night at Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium with first place on the line.
CBA never counted on seeing another early double-digit lead slip away, as had happened against B'ville a week earlier.
Early on, Lacey looked overmatched by the Brothers' defense, as two of his first nine passes led to interceptions and the visitors threatened to turn the game into a romp.
Tyler Hamblin scored on a one-yard run five minutes into the game. Late in the first quarter, a high punt snap near his own end zone forced Falvey to kick it out of trouble for a safety, and less than 90 seconds later CBA found the end zone again, Anthony Bunn scoring on a one-yard run to make it 16-0.