Cicero For an entire week, the Cicero-North Syracuse football team went over what had gone wrong in its Sept. 2 opener at Central Square, especially the fact that it trailed 19-0 before the first quarter was over.
The answer for the Northstars, as it turned out, was quite simple - do the exact same thing to the next opponent.
In a spirited home opener at Bragman Stadium Friday night, CNS jumped all over Rome Free Academy and did not let up until it had recorded an easy 43-14 victory over the Black Knights.
For decades, RFA possessed one of the most storied programs in Central New York, routinely making playoff appearances and earning championships. But a 27-9 season-opening defeat to Nottingham put the Black Knights in early trouble, something it hoped to climb out of at CNS.
Instead, the Northstars' defense forced three turnovers on RFA's first three possessions. One of them, an interception by Matt Ryle, was returned 35 yards for a touchdown, and the other two takeaways led to 14 more points.
Jeff Hart put CNS on the board with a four-yard TD run. And after Ryle's interception, a third turnover put the Northstars in great position again, and Kareem Lee-Stroman took off on a 28-yard scoring run.
So in a complete reversal from what happened at Central Square, the Northstars had a 21-0 lead going to the second quarter. Hart, who gained 130 yards on the night, would add to it with a 60-yard sprint to the end zone in the second period and CNS also got a safety, helping it lead 30-6 at halftime.
To preserve the big lead, CNS turned to its passing attack. Corey Scanlon, who threw 16 times and completed 11 of them, threw two TD passes in the second half - seven yards to Mike Spadaro, 36 yards to Avery Yarn.
For its only non-league game of the regular season, CNS will visit Corcoran this Friday at 6 p.m. The Cougars are 0-2 after defeats to Utica Proctor (28-27) and West Genesee (41-15).