In all kinds of ways, three Syracuse city high school football teams found their way to the win column on the fourth weekend of the regular season.
Corcoran lit up the scoreboard to beat Fayetteville-Manlius 54-37, while Henninger required a last-minute defensive stand to hold off West Genesee 20-14. Fowler went to Mexico and beat the Tigers 14-6 as Nottingham fell to Jamesville-DeWitt 14-6.
Staying in a tie for first place in the Class AA-2 division with Auburn, Corcoran went through a 20-20 first quarter at F-M, erasing an early 6-0 deficit when Tyquan Mahon returned the ensuing kickoff 86 yards for a touchdown.
Chao Porch and Shakem Buckmon also scored for the Cougars in that opening period, but despite Jerry Adams going 38 yards for a TD in the second quarter, Corcoran trailed the winless Hornets 27-26 at halftime.
The Cougars went ahead for good in the third quarter, Tyshawn Golden and Travon Burke both scoring on short runs to make it 40-30.
F-M closed to 40-37 in the fourth quarter, but Corcoran used a long drive late in the game to put it away, Buckmon scoring on a one-yard run with a minute left. Carlton Mormon then returned a fumbled kickoff 30 yards for the final TD.
Henninger needed an entire game to fend off West Genesee in the first meeting between the two sides since last year's Class AA final in the Carrier Dome, won by the Black Knights.
Even when quarterback Shawn Bryant left the game early with a shoulder injury, Henninger kept its poise. Bryant's replacement, Brandon Hanks, threw a 10-yard TD pass to Cole King for the only points of the first half.
Up 6-0 at the break, Henninger would see Hanks find King again from 15 yards out in the third quarter. And Reggie Robinson, who set a career mark with 246 rushing yards, broke free for a 50-yard TD run in the fourth quarter to make it 20-6.