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Laker Pop Warner C-Team beats Utica, 34-0

Tony Heaney gets around the end of the Utica defense and heads for the goal line while Hunter Marshall and Keegan Bailey move in for the block.

Tony Heaney gets around the end of the Utica defense and heads for the goal line while Hunter Marshall and Keegan Bailey move in for the block. Dave Murray

— The Pop Warner C-Team took on the Utica Bulldogs on Sunday, Sept. 30, for its last regular season home game.

Cazenovia won the toss and elected to receive, an auspicious choice, as the kickoff landed right in the hands of Robbie Liddell, who proceeded to run the ball straight into the end zone. Kevin Ammann made good on the extra point.

The remainder of the quarter was scoreless thanks in large part to the defensive efforts of Keegan Bailey, Cole Basic, Tony Heaney and Connor Wilson, as well as a quarterback sack by Jack McDonald.

Early in the second quarter McDonald made his second of three QB sacks for the day, after which he stripped the ball from a Utica running back and scampered 30 yards for another Laker touchdown — followed again by the QB keeper extra point by Ammann.

Running back Tony Heaney would later take in another TD from the 20-yard line, putting Cazenovia up 20-0. The Laker defense kept the Bulldogs to less than a handful of first downs for the entire half, with additional tackles and assists from Timothy Gibbons, Dylan Anderson and Joe McLaughlin, backed up by defensive linemen Cameron Cunningham, Austin Sanders, Reilly Hansen and Cole Becotte.

Cazenovia kicker Chris Sparks started the second half with an unexpected onside kick, putting the Lakers in possession and setting up a series of runs from Cole Basic, including a 20-yard first down run and a 17-yard touchdown run, capped off by Ty Freyer’s extra point pass to Evan Murray.

The Laker defense continued to dominate in the fourth quarter, with many impressive tackles and two more QB sacks from Josh Maxwell and McDonald.

With only a few minutes to play, Chris Sparks’ interception and 28-yard run back set up the final TD of the game, a quick handoff from QB Ammann to Heaney, with Heaney taking in the extra point. Extra protection and blocking was provided by the offensive lineman Aiden Houseman, Hunter Marshall and Guy Germain.

A final pass by the Bulldogs was intercepted by Ammann and the Lakers left the field with a final score of 34-0.

Pia Murray is volunteer publicist for Cazenovia Pop Warner Association.

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