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Brothers douse Central Square; F-M crushes Auburn

CBA locks up AA-1 top seed; Hornets move to 4-2

Road trips on successive evenings did not test the Fayetteville-Manlius and Christian Brothers Academy football teams all that much as they inch closer to a possible post-season clash with each other.

It started Thursday night, with the Hornets going to Auburn's Holland Stadium and putting up yet another huge offensive performance on its way to a 57-12 victory over the Maroons.

A night later, at Central Square, CBA clinched the regular-season title, and the top playoff seed, from the Class AA-1 division with one of its best all-around efforts of the season, three rushers topping 100 yards as it rolled past the Red Hawks by a score of 48-12.

A big change for F-M, as it went to Auburn, was seeing Jimmy Krizman at quarterback in place of Wolfgang Shafer, who had started each of the team's previous five games. But that didn't slow down the Hornets' production one bit.

And even an early Maroons touchdown didn't faze F-M, who seized a 14-6 lead by the end of the first quarter. Krizman hit Sawyer Dew for a 10-yard touchdown pass, and Sean Bright capped off another drive with a five-yard scoring run.

F-M expanded upon that margin in the second period, as Bright earned his second TD on a 15-yard run and Krizman again connected with Dew, this time on a 39-yard scoring pass. The Hornets carried a 29-13 lead to halftime.

Any possible suspense ended when F-M piled up 28 points in the third quarter. Bright added his third and fourth TD's of the night, on runs of six and seven yards, while Ryan Greer capped the effort with a 25-yard scoring run and an 84-yard dash to the end zone late in the period.

Greer led F-M with 112 yards on just four carries, while Bright added 80 yards on 14 carries. Krizman had a fine debut under center, completing eight of 13 passes for 165 yards, all of them to Dew (five catches, 90 yards) or Austin Perez (three cataches, 75 yards).

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