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CBA prevails in shootout with Liverpool

Brothers take 49-35 win, stay unbeaten in AA-1

— The postgame talks were short. There wasn’t much to say.

Christian Brothers Academy had just won a football game disguised as a track meet over Liverpool, 49-35, Friday night at LHS Stadium, and it didn’t take long for the coaches to wrap up their speeches.

The teams combined for more than 800 yards of offense and only one punt. Much of that offense was generated by CBA running back Mike Vavonese. The senior carried the ball 27 times for 291 yards and five touchdowns.

Strangely, losing coach Dave Mancuso was slightly happier with his team’s performance than winning mentor Joe Casamento.

“I saw our offense do some really nice things in there tonight,” Mancuso said. “And at times I saw our defense do some good things, but not as much as I want.”

Casamento said his team lost its way mentally after building leads of 21-0, 28-7, and 42-14.

“We have to maintain focus," he said. "We were ahead 28-7 and we lost our focus. There’s no excuse for that. I felt we had a chance to be great tonight and we let it go. We didn’t run our routes hard and we did some things we don’t normally do.”

Casamento’s not far off with his assessment. CBA was dominant early and a different looking team late.

The Brothers early shine started soon after accepting opening kickoff. CBA marched downfield easily, eventually scoring on Cam MacPherson’s one-yard run.

Vavonese doubled and tripled CBA’s lead late in the first and early in the second quarters. Vavonese scored from 11 and 52 yards away. Then Liverpool got on the board thanks to a well-executed 48-yard pass from Zavon Watkins to Elijah Johnson.

But the Warriors euphoria at scoring was soon tempered. Vavonese then scored from nine yards out to give the visitors their 28-7 halftime lead.

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