Oct 16, 2010 Phil Blackwell Uncategorized
Little in the Section III Class B football playoff picture was settled going into the final weekend of the regular season – except the Cazenovia Lakers’ secure place atop the B East division in the wake of a 6-0 start.
So as everyone else scrambled to move up the standings or, in some cases, even make the playoffs, the Lakers could focus on Saturday’s game with South Jefferson at Buckley-Volo Field and a chance at yet another undefeated regular season.
Though nothing was going to change in regards to Cazenovia’s playoff status, it still started fast against the visiting Spartans and, when South Jefferson hreatened to hang around, used a big third quarter to settle matters and earn a 48-14 victory.
The varied aspects of the Lakers’ potent offense were on full display in the first quarter as it raced out to a 14-0 lead. One drive led to Jose Wells scoring on a three-yard run. And the next time Cazenovia had the ball, Jeff Hopsicker threw deep to his favorite receiver, Doyle Judge, with the result a 64-yard touchdown.
South Jefferson got on the board early in the second period, moving to the Lakers’ five-yard line before Brett Hayes scored the TD. Still, Cazenovia had a 14-6 edge, and Hopsicker soon put the Spartans behind him with a series of big throws.
First, Hopsicker moved the Lakers to South Jefferson’s 15, then went to tight end Ben Romagnoli to make it 21-6 going into halftime. Then, on back-to-back drives in the third quarter, Hopsicker threw his second and third TD passes to Judge – one covering 33 yards, the other 40 yards.
Wells returned late in the third period to score for a second time on a four-yard run, and Xavier Coates added a fourth-quarter TD on a three-yard run as Nick Christakos made six of the seven extra points he attempted.
Overall, Hopsicker completed 10 of 15 passes for 216 yards, with Judge catching three of those passes for 137 yards. Coates had a team-high 68 yards on the ground as, defensively, Noah Shepard amassed 17 tackles.
Cazenovia stays at Buckley-Volo Field next Saturday to play in the opening round of the Class B playoffs against Skaneateles, the fourth-place finisher in the B West division. Under first-year head coach Tim Green, Skaneateles has returned to the post-season after a long absence, even though it had to replace quarterbacks in mid-September, Conor Herr replacing the injured Trent Green. The winner of this Laker showdown gets Marcellus or Holland Patent in the semifinal round.