East Syracuse The Cazenovia football team's defense was helpless.
Playing against an explosive and experienced Maine-Endwell team, the Lakers could do nothing but watch as the trio of Nick Sorrenti, Justin Jacoby and Luis Uceta ran over and around them en route to a 50-14 B state quarterfinal thrashing Saturday at East Syracuse-Minoa.
“With our line up front doing a great job of blocking, it allowed us to have long drives, keep the ball and not give it back to them,” Maine-Endwell head coach Matt Gallagher said. “I think that was a big benefit for us today.”
Sorrenti (125 yards, one touchdown), Jacoby (106 yards, 2 TDs) and Uceta (78 yards) combined for a whopping 309 rushing yards and four scores as M-E ran out to a 21-0 lead and never looked back.
Spartans quarterback Kyle Gallagher added a three-for-six performance for 64 yards and a score while running 10 times for 44 yards.
“With this type of offense, it’s little, little, little and then we break out,” Sorrenti said.
For Cazenovia, Jake Wilson led the team with 15 carries for 74 yards and a touchdown, though most of the damage came late in the fourth quarter with the game already decided.
The Spartans struck early and often, finding the end zone on each of its first three drives. Sorrenti capped a 12-play, 61-yard march with a 6-yard touchdown run 5:19 into regulation, his third third-down conversion of the drive.
Cazenovia quarterback Kevin Hopsicker found room on an 11-yard run on the ensuing drive, but the Lakers were forced to punt and M-E drove down the field once again.
Taking over at his own 16, Gallagher found Jacoby for a 15-yard gain on an out-route to the left sideline. Sorrenti then rumbled up the middle for 39 yards before Uceta finished the drive with a 30-yard TD scamper on a pitch left just 1:45 later. Jacoby sealed the score with a key block on Cazenovia cornerback Joe Colligan at the five-yard line.