A dazzling effort in front of the home folks leaves the Fayetteville-Manlius football team sporting a 4-0 record going into the month of October.
The Hornets and the Utica Proctor Raiders squared off in a match-up of unbeaten Class AA-2 division rivals Friday night, staying close for a quarter before F-M pulled away in a 49-13 blowout.
The first quarter was a back-and-forth battle, with FM leading 7-6 after it was done. On its opening drive of the game, the Hornets put together a balanced, long (12 plays, 83 yards) drive capped with Matt Moro pounding the ball into the end zone from two yards out to give FM a 7-0 lead.
After an exchange of punts, Proctor put together its own impressive drive, mostly consisted of passes. They marched down the field easily as sophomore quarterback Jordan Treen found Walkery Mills open behind the defense for a 35-yard-TD pass, though the extra point was missed.
Right from there, F-M began to pull away with its bruising running attack. At the heart of it was Moro, who finished with a career-best 210 yards rushing and 4 TDs as linemen Evan Butcher, Kevin Putnam, Justin Bondoc, Dave Nuzzo and Jason Abdo paved the way.
The second quarter began with the Hornets turning the ball over on downs, only to force a Proctor punt on the defensive side.
But F-M's second drive of the quarter resulted in points, aided by the Raiders' late hit that led to a 15-yard penalty. With the help of that penalty, the Hornets quickly got into position for another Moro TD run, this time from four yards out.
Again, the Hornets forced Proctor to punt. Again, F-M turned that into a touchdown, going to the Raiders' one-yard line before Moro scored a third time, making it 21-6 going into halftime.