Cicero For the second straight game, Jordan Stenson, captain of the Liverpool football team, was on the sidelines.
The Warriors' captain wasn't in trouble, and he wasn't hurt. The problem was that coach Dave Mancuso didn't think he tried to tackle right, instead only going for big hits.
As for the rest of the Liverpool team, they had a job to do - namely, defend the 'Star Wars Cup' in Friday night's annual showdown with Cicero-North Syracuse at Bragman Stadium. And the Warriors would do that as several players, including Stenson, played key roles in a 27-21 victory over the Northstars.
Liverpool took the opening kickoff and scored with it, Matt Isbell catching a 13-yard touchdown pass from Zavon Watkins. It wouldn't last for long, though, as CNS answered with a TD pass of its own, Corey Scanlon going 36 yards to Xavier Brown.
Because the North Stars had made it look too easy, it looked like Liverpool would need Stenson's presence and that his standing on the sidelines, just has he had the week before in a 42-14 win over Rome Free Academy, was not going to work out. The fans let Liverpool's coaches know, with a "Put in Stenson" chant.
Meanwhile, in the second quarter the Warriors would reclaim the lead with a pair of TD drives, both of them finished off by runs from Jeff Edwards of 41 and seven yards, Again, CNS would not lay down, striking back in the closing minute of the half on Scanlon's eight-yard TD pass to Alec Hulchanski.
Even with a 21-14 halftime lead, Warrior fans wanted to see Stenson in the game, but they had to be content with seeing its offense reclaim the margin early in the third quarter. Tyland Thompson's long run set up Edwards' third TD, on a two-yard run. Trevor Monk, three-for-three on extra points, missed this PAT, keeping the margin at 27-14.