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Lakers blank Hannibal; VVS tops South Jefferson

Two weeks from now, the Cazenovia football team will host Vernon Verona Sherrill - and, many people think, superiority in the Class B East division will be at stake.

Following wildly varying experiences on the season's opening weekend, the Lakers and Red Devils began heading down the path to that Sept. 26 clash at Buckley-Volo Field with big wins on Saturday afternoon.

Cazenovia went to Hannibal and was once again completely dominant in a 54-0 conquest of the Warriors. In the same manner, VVS jumped all over South Jefferson in its home opener and cruising to a 42-14 victory over the Spartans.

For the Lakers' part, the act it had to follow - a 56-0 deconstruction of Bishop Ludden at the Carrier Dome in the Sept. 4 Kickoff Classic - seemed difficult enough, especially since Hannibal was at home and, in its opener, had come within seconds of beating Solvay in a 33-27 loss in the Dome.

No problem, though, as Cazenovia had 40 points on the board by halftime and six touchdowns - scored by six different players.

John Greacen got things moving with an 11-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. Then, working from his own 35-yard line, Jeff Hopsicker threw deep and found Doyle Judge, who finished off a 65-yard TD and made it 14-0.

A 26-point second quarter would follow, as Xavier Coates put up his own 11-yard scoring run and Jose Wells found the end zone from two yards out. Hopsicker would also find Chris Giardina and Chris Schaffner on a pair of four-yard TD passes.

Wells returned in the third quarter as backup quarterback Tanner Whiteman found him for a three-yard TD pass, and Dylan Muller added a six-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter. The only negative was seeing Nick Christakos miss a pair of extra point, though he did go six-for-eight.

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