SYRACUSE The Marcellus football team took out a whole lot of frustration on its nemesis Westhill Friday night, pounding the host Warriors, 43-31 in a Class B West clash.
By doing so, the Mustangs ended a 14-game losing streak to Westhill that included regular-season games and post-season encounters like the 2009 Section III Class B final.
“It was our time to end this streak and start one of our own,” Mustangs’ coach Joe Fiacchi said. “The kids were focused. They were very focused on this. Anytime you can beat Westhill it’s a great game.”
Marcellus (3-2 overall, 2-2 league) all but broke the streak by the time halftime dawned. After Westhill fumbled the ball away on the first play from scrimmage, Mustang quarterback Kyle Hastings found his favorite target, Dan Landi, in the corner of the end zone from four yards away.
Marcellus doubled its lead before the first quarter was over. The Hastings-Landi duo struck again, this time from 18 yards out, and it wasn't done.
Nick Nye notched two second-quarter touchdowns. One was a bruising 26-yard run. The other was a 42-yard pass from Hastings. Marcellus led 27-0 at halftime.
“It was pretty evident what was going on,” Westhill coach Gary Griffo said. “We didn’t play very well.”
Things got a little better in the second half for Griffo and his charges. But not before the Hastings-to-Landi duo combined on a 20-yard touchdown pitch and catch.
The Warriors didn’t quit. The hosts immediately drove downfield with its strong ground game, and put a number on the board when quarterback Reed Derrenbacher found Jacob Redmond in the end zone from 11 yards out.
It closed to 34-14 when Dan Gratien intercepted a Hastings pass and returned it to paydirt from 22 yards out. But any hopes Westhill had of making a miracle rally were dashed on Marcellus’ next possession. Brad Hermes latched onto a Hastings pass and found the end zone with 7:20 left to play.