Manlius Clearly, the Fayetteville-Manlius football team had no intention of traveling anywhere else next weekend for the start of the Section III Class AA playoffs. And it didn't want to ruin anyone's good time at Homecoming, either.
The Hornets clinched second place in Class AA-2 by routing Corcoran, 42-6 Friday night at the new High School turf field.
F-M improved to 5-1 in league play, 5-2 overall. Corcoran, the only team with a chance to catch F-M for second place fell to 3-3 in AA-2 action and saw a four-game win streak come to an end.
The Cougars all but handed the initiative to F-M. Corcoran gave the ball over six times in the wet conditions, and the Hornets turned four of those miscues into touchdowns.
“We can’t have six turnovers and beat a good team like this,” Corcoran coach Tyrone Fisher said. “They’re always so well coached and disciplined.”
F-M scored three first-half touchdowns and brought a 22-0 lead into the locker room. All three scores came immediately after Cougar giveaways.
“The defense, especially, (helped us),” Hornets coach Paul Muench said. “(By) stopping the run, that set up the interceptions. That really got us going.”
F-M’s first half star was running back Sean Bright. The junior ran for 43 yards and scored each of the Hornets' three touchdowns.
Bright’s backfield mate Andrew Fletcher stole the second half spotlight. The senior rambled 86 yards after intermission and scored one touchdown. The pair combined for 212 rushing yards from 37 carries.
“We had trouble moving the ball in the first half,” Muench said. “(But) in the second half we really found some good things with Andrew Fletcher and Sean Bright.”
Muench singled out offensive lineman Jason Abdo and Will Twitchell for special praise “(They did) just a fantastic job,” Muench said.
Corcoran, already far behind, suffered a further blow when starting quarterback Shakeem Buchmon limped off the field midway through the third quarter with an ankle injury.