When the Time Warner Cable Sports cameras arrive at Jordan-Elbridge this Thursday night, they'll capture one of the Eagles' most important football games in recent memory.
J-E's 19-13 overtime win over Hannibal last Friday afternoon briefly put it in a tie for first place in Class C West with Skaneateles. And it's the Lakers that will be facing the Eagles in that TV showcase.
Later on Friday night, Westhill, debuting on its new artificial-turf home field, took a 27-14 loss to Camden, while Solvay visited defending Section III Class B champion Chittenango and fell to the Bears 49-0.
The thermometer had pushed past 90 degrees when J-E and Hannibal kicked off, yet it took a while for both teams to warm up their respective offenses, as they pushed through a scoreless first quarter.
All of that changed, though, when the Warriors' Brandon Burnett took off on a 72-yard touchdown run early int he second period. J-E would offer a prompt response, mostly through the work of tailback Colby Drexler, who was a force throughout the afternoon.
Trexler carried the ball 28 times on this day, finishing with 207 yards. He put the Eagles on the board with a 12-yard TD run that, with Ryan Matousek's extra point, tied it 7-7.
When Hannibal's defense started to worry about Trexler, fellow back Adam Van Wart flew by them to score from 23 yards out just before halftime. Van Wart would finish with 69 yards on 15 carries.
Through a scoreless third quarter, J-E kept that 13-7 lead. But even though Trexler was piling up the yards on the ground, the Eagles could not put the game away, and Hannibal tied it 13-13 in the final period when Tim Webber, taking a handoff from midfield, sped 50 yards to the end zone.
However, the Eagles blocked Trevor Alton's potential go-ahead extra point, and when neither side was able to convert again in regulation, it went to overtime, where each team gets a possession at the opponent's 20-yard line.