SYRACUSE Through two weeks of football, Westhill is the only local side with a victory - but its shaky offense still has a lot of work to do.
Going for a 2-0 start, the Warriors fell to Homer 18-10 in a game that stayed in doubt until the late stages, when a costly Westhill turnover helped seal the 100th win for Trojans head coach Gary Podsiedlik.
Meanwhile, Marcellus also saw a late touchdown break against them in a 25-15 defeat to Chittenango. That left the Mustangs at 0-2, which is where Solvay also sits after falling to Mexico 32-6.
For the second week in a row, Westhill's lack of production was a major issue. It didn't cost them in the Sept. 2 opener at Solvay, but it would hurt against a tough, opportunistic Homer defense.
And it was that defense that made the game's most important play. Westhill only trailed 12-10 as time ticked down in the fourth quarter, but it had moved from its own eight-yard line to midfield, attempting to earn the go-ahead points.
But with 2:37 left, tailback Christian St. Amour was swarmed on a handoff play. Several Homer tacklers joined in until Kyle Ritz stripped the ball from St. Amour and returned it 47 yards for a touchdown. Moments later, Homer's Tom Austin intercepted a Richie Easterly pass to thwart the Warriors' last hope.
Westhill had trailed all night. Homer, relying on the gains of tailback Austin Recor, went 69 yards with the opening kickoff, taking just eight plays as Conner Johnston went the last five yards for the TD.
After that, the Warriors controlled the ball for much of the first half, twice driving deep into Homer territory. However, it could not cross the goal line, and instead had to settle for Joe Perry trying two field goals. He made one of them, from 32 yards out.