Everyone on the East Syracuse-Minoa football team knew exactly what it had to do to beat Watertown in Friday night's opening round of the Section III Class A playoffs - namely, find some way to keep Watertown running back Tevion Cappe from repeating the 391-yard display he had put on against Camden a week earlier.
Sure enough, Cappe did not repeat that mark against the Spartans. He topped it.
By the time the Cyclones were done silencing the ESM Stadium crowd in a 58-16 decision, Cappe had registered an astonishing 458 yards, tying for the third-highest single-game total in state history, and had scored five touchdowns to help end the Spartans' championship dreams.
ESM wasn't alone in seeing its post-season run end in an abrupt manner. For the second year in a row, Jamesville-DeWitt made a Class A playoff visit to Whitesboro and, once again, could not do anything to stop the defending champion Warriors, who prevailed by a score of 62-7.
With Watertown, it all came back to Cappe, who ran wild from the opening whistle as Watertown quickly decided matters by getting 30 points in the first quarter alone and 50 points on the board by halftime.
On the Cyclones' opening possession, Cappe ran 24 yards for a touchdown and also got the two-point conversion. A second drive produced a 49-yard Cappe sprint to the end zone and another two-point play. Not done yet, Cappe took off on a 69-yard TD dash that, with yet another conversion, made it 24-0. Finally, for some variety, Watertown quarterback Tyler Augliano scored from 18 yards out just before the period ended.
ESM's defense had no chance to recover, either, because in the second quarter Cappe polished off a 68-yard TD run. And even when the Spartans finally got on the board with TD runs from Tyler Johnson (10 yards) and Jeff McDuffie (nine yards), the Cyclones would provide an answer.