Marcellus Just because the Marcellus football team has worked its way to five consecutive victories and a Section III Class B playoff berth doesn't mean that it has found every bit of good fortune.
The Mustangs, who beat Solvay 41-23 Friday night to retain the Tom Anthony Silver Cup, enter the post-season as one of the hottest teams in Central New York, but does so as a low seed with a difficult obstacle right in front of them.
Three sides - Marcellus, Mexico and Homer - tied for second place in the Class B West division, each with 4-2 league marks. But the tie-breaker, involving first-half points, went in the Tigers' favor, so it finished second, while the Trojans got third and the Mustangs were left in fourth place.
As a result, in next Saturday's opening round of the Class B playoffs, Marcellus must travel to 7-0 Cazenovia, the defending sectional champions.
At least it goes there with lots of momentum. Solvay arrived at Marcellus with an 0-6 mark, knowing that it could make its entire season by snatching the trophy named in honor of Tom Anthony, who coached both the Mustangs and Bearcats.
Sure enough, on the game's opening kickoff, Solvay's Matt Lauro tore through the Marcellus coverage and raced 79 yards to the end zone, immediately putting the Bearcats in front 6-0.
All that did, though, was awaken the Mustangs, who proceeded to dominate the rest of the first half by recording 28 unanswered points.
Marcellus grabbed the lead with a solid scoring drive that led to quarterback Kyle Hastings scoring on a one-yard plunge. Later in the period, Jason Decker, long known for his defensive prowess, raced 37 yards for a touchdown on the offensive end.
Hastings would take over in the second period. He scored his second rushing TD on a two-yard run, and just before halfitme he found Brad Kermes on a 29-yard scoring pass.