Baldwinsville A punishing ground attack, set up by a powerful offensive line, was the featured attraction Friday night when Fayetteville-Manlius and Baldwinsville got together for an early-season showdown Friday night at Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium.
Only in this case, it was the team in white and green, and not the team in red, that rode its running game to a successful outcome, as Sean Bright and Ryan Greer, escorted by some powerful men up front, led the Hornets past the Bees 34-25.
Playing in wet, windy conditions for the second time in seven days, F-M mostly relied on its powerful duo of backs. Bright carried the ball 38 times, amassing 224 yards and scoring twice, while Greer gained 96 yards on 14 carries, also getting two touchdowns.
Together, the pair managed to outgain B'ville star Tyler Rouse, who still managed 294 yards on 37 carries and scored all four of his team's touchdowns to keep his side within range all night, even though the Bees never led.
All game long, the Hornets' line, composed of Matt McDonough, David Riccione, Jake Okun, Gabe Zogby, Matt Stegemann, Dylan Barrera and tight end Nate Kadah, dominated the line of scrimmage, and that didn't escape Bright's notice.
"Everyone knows that it all starts with the line," said Bright. "You need the holes, and when the chips were down, we toughened up."
Before anyone could start, though, they had to wait out an hour-long delay. A heavy thunderstorm hit the area during warm-ups, sending players and fans to shelter. The storm went away, but the rain would persist through much of the game.
In other words, these were the exact same conditions F-M faced on Sept. 8 when it beat West Genesee 14-13, and unlike that game, the Hornets didn't wait until the second half to get on the board.