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Bears take out Marcellus, stay unbeaten

Chittenango now 2-0 after getting past Mustangs

— Maybe this move of the Chittenango football team from the Class B East to West division will work out after all.

Through two games, at least, the Bears have done just fine, winning both times as it rallied late to beat Marcellus 25-15 in Friday night's home opener.

Chittenango is one of three teams, along with Mexico and Homer, sporting 2-0 marks in the West division at this early point in the season.

Against a Marcellus side that had lost 7-6 to Homer in its opener, the points were tough to find early. In fact, neither side would get on the board until the second quarter.

Devin Christopher broke the deadlock with a five-yard touchdown run, backed up by Steve Billington's extra point. Marcellus countered with quarterback Kyle Hastings scoring on his own five-yard run, but the missed conversion allowed the Bears to cling to a 7-6 edge at the break.

They traded field goals in the third quarter, the Mustangs seeing Nick Nye convert from 42 yards out before Billington answered with a 17-yard chip shot.

Hastings hit Mike Raymond on a 14-yard scoring pass late in the period, briefly putting Marcellus in front 15-10 (the conversion was missed), but Chittenango marched right back down the field and took the lead for good on Christopher's second TD, a one-yard run.

So they remained until the final period. Chittenango drove to the Mustangs' 31, from where fullback Joe Gilona broke free for a TD run that all but clinched the victory.

That gave the Bears a bit more balance in the final totals. Chittenango had 137 yards on the ground, as opposed to quarterback Devin Phelps throwing for 164 yards to help set up his team's points.

The Bears now take that 2-0 mark into a big showdown next Friday at Homer, which kicks off at 7 p.m.

After the Trojans edged Marcellus, it fought past Westhill 18-10 to establish its own 2-0 start, and the winner here might hold sole possession of first place in the B West division before the night is done. Chittenango's defense will work to contain Homer running back Austin Recor, who had 159 yards against Westhill.

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