A day after it intended to do so, the Fayetteville-Manlius football team found its way back to the top spot in the Class AA-1 division.
The Hornets did not let the day-long delay of its key league contest at Utica Proctor rattle them. Instead, F-M put the focus on the field, went out Saturday night and delivered an impressive 43-7 victory over the Raiders.
When the Hornets players boarded the bus on Friday afternoon to go to Utica's D'Allesandro Stadium, it had no idea how strange - or extensive - the journey would become.
Both F-M and Utica Proctor warmed up, but then a power outage hit the area just before the 7 p.m. kickoff, hitting more than 5,000 households.
Since it would take hours to restore the lights in the area, it was decided that the two teams would leave and return the following afternoon.
Originally, that meant an early-afternoon start. But several F-M players had to go take the SAT on Saturday morning, so it was decided to push back the game until 5 p.m., a full 22 hours after they were supposed to meet.
A lot had happened during those 22 hours, too. Most notably, Baldwinsville, led by Tyler Rouse's 382 rushing yards and seven touchdowns, had beaten Liverpool 54-29, knocking the Warriors out of the lead in the AA-1 division it had gained through beating F-M and Proctor in back-to-back weeks.
So that raised the stakes. Now, the winner between the Hornets and Raiders would join B'ville and Liverpool in a three-way tie atop the league standings with one week left in the regular season.
Somehow, F-M didn't let all of these distractions and pitfalls bother them. Once the game finally kicked off, the Hornets pieced together, arguably, its best all-around effort of the season.
Sean Bright put F-M in front in the first quarter with a six-yard touchdown run. Jake Wittig added the extra point, making it 7-0, and that was just the start of the sophomore's memorable evening.