At the same time, and with the same intentions, the Marcellus and Westhill football teams looked to keep up with Homer in the intense three-way race for the Class B West regular-season championship.
And both would win big, as the Mustangs took out Solvay 48-7 at Earl Hadley Stadium to maintain possession of the Tom Anthony Bowl and the Warriors shut out Phoenix 32-0, the winners each improving to 5-1 on the season.
Not so long ago, Solvay owned the annual clashes with Marcellus as well as the Bowl, named in honor of Tom Anthony, a well-regarded coach who had distinguished tenures at each of the participating schools.
For a fleeting moment, the Bearcats looked like it wanted to reclaim that trophy on its Senior Night as, on the game's second play, John Savo took off down the left sideline and went 68 yards for a touchdown.
But that would be Solvay's lone highlight of the evening. Everything from that point forward belonged to the visitors in green and white as it put together, arguably, its best all-around effort of the season.
The onslaught began in the second quarter, when Ricky Alfreds broke loose for a 15-yard TD run and Chris Charles tied it, 7-7, with the extra point. A few minutes later, the Mustangs drove to Solvay's five-yard line, from where Kyle Hastings found Steve Raven in the end zone for the go-ahead score.
A big blow came just before halftime. Again, the Mustangs' defense had created a stop deep in Solvay territory and forced a punt. Chaz Hayes received the kick - and brought it back 39 yards for the third TD of the quarter.
Leading 20-7 at halftime, Marcellus had no intention of letting up, as it may have done with similar leads against Skaneateles and South Jefferson the previous two weeks.