Cazenovia The sun was shining, but heavy rains prior to the game left the home field muddy as the Cazenovia Pop Warner C-Team Lakers won 12-6 against the Marcy-Deerfield Thunder, Oct. 2.
The first quarter started with the Laker’s Drew Johnson kicking off. With Laker defense Ryan Wozniak, Mitch Perrone, Cole Basic, Josh Maxwell, Ian Fostveit, Casey Cunningham, Dan Hammond, Teddy Koppers, Chad Carges, Jacob Wells and Tiernan Tormey on the field, the Thunder began their march to the end zone. With two plays and less than two minutes into the game the Thunder scored the first touchdown.
With the score 6-0, the Laker offense Connor Riedl, Zach Slocum, Thomas Fabbioli, Robbie Liddell, Kevin Ammann, Ben Knutsen charged onto the field ready to even up the game. Precision first down runs and intense blocking by the offensive line, allowed Tormey to push through the middle for a Laker touchdown.
With the score 6-6, the Thunder received the kickoff on their 40-yard line. The Laker defense with Hunter Marshall, Andrew Peterson, James Pavelchak, Aiden Houseman and Jake O’Sullivan entered the field ready to successfully squelch the Thunders’ drive. Within four plays they had the ball successfully returned to the Lakers.
Adding Jack Spingarn, Bryan Westfall, Nicolas Claxton and Isaac Senehi to the offense line up, the Lakers quickly took advantage of the opportunity with a 45-yard run by Pavelchak. Unable to gain the last yardage needed for a touchdown, the first quarter ended with a score of 6-6.
Beginning the second quarter a tough Laker defense with the addition of Logan Proctor, Keegan Bailey, and Connor Fry took the field and snuffed out any hopes of an additional Thunder touchdown.
The offense with Joe McLaughlin came out ready to aggressively take on the Thunder defense. With consistent running plays and tackle stopping blocks, the Lakers pushed forward. The successful run ended in a Laker touchdown by Ammann, leaving the halftime score at 12-6 Lakers.
The remainder of the game remained scoreless as the two teams fought for field position. The final score ended with a 12-6 victory for the Lakers.
The proud Laker cheerleaders Katie Ammann, Clari Atherly, Davi Bartelli, Morgen Camp, Betsy Chanatry, Ashlie Conklin, Kali Costello, Arianna Fynboe, MaryRose Giangiobbe, Gwen Goodacre, Charley Harris, Jade Hatch, Olivia Hoke, Amanda Holmes, Kate Sosville, Mackenzie Sullivan and Nikki Underwood kept the crowd involved as they cheered their Laker players to a win.
Lisa Fostveit is volunteer publicist for the Caz Pop Warner Association.