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Corcoran drops AA-2 showdown to F-M

Corcoran is the only Syracuse city high school football team whose season will continue in the Section III playoffs.

And even the Cougars head there with a blemish as, after a 5-0 start, it lost 21-13 to Fayetteville-Manlius in last Friday night's Class AA-2 division first-place showdown.

With that win, the Hornets clinched the AA-2 regular-season title. Corcoran, to get a first-round home game next weekend, now must win at Utica Proctor (5-1) this Friday night.

On the same Friday as Corcoran lost, Henninger and Nottingham both slipped out of Class AA playoff contention, as the Black Knights took a 35-33 loss to West Genesee and the Bulldogs fell 35-21 to Liverpool.

Corcoran got off to just the right start against F-M, going 79 yards on the game's first possession, mostly through running the ball. In fact, it was quarterback Shakem Buckmon that slipped out of the pocket on fourth down and took off 36 yards to the end zone to give the Cougars a 7-0 lead.

The Hornets' response came in the second quarter, courtesy of a pair of drives. Some key passes by John Wittig set up Matt Moro's six-yard TD run that tied it, 7-7, and two long passes from Wittig to Louis Muraco, the latter covering 24 yards, put F-M ahead 14-7 just 2:09 before halftime.

Far from done, the Cougars used another long march, covering 75 yards, to pull within one in the third quarter. But after Delvon Adams found the end zone from eight yards out, the Cougars went for two points and the lead - and Chao Porch got stuffed.

Ultimately, Corcoran hurt itself with turnovers in the fourth quarter. A muffed punt by Hezekiah Thomas got lost to the Hornets, and led to a short drive capped by Moro's four-yard TD run.

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