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Hornets battle past B'ville, move to 3-0

Bright, Greer both run wild on wet, windy night

Fayetteville-Manlius running back Sean Bright (10) speeds past Baldwinsville’s Jacob Geer (52) in last Friday’s game. Bright gained 224 yards on 38 carries and scored two touchdowns as the Hornets beat the Bees 34-25.

Fayetteville-Manlius running back Sean Bright (10) speeds past Baldwinsville’s Jacob Geer (52) in last Friday’s game. Bright gained 224 yards on 38 carries and scored two touchdowns as the Hornets beat the Bees 34-25. P.J. Duffy

— The Hornets scored on its first possession, all on runs from Bright and Greer, the latter going the final 10 yards for the TD. After a B'ville fumble early in the second quarter on its own 20 that Kadah recovered, it took just two plays for F-M to cash in, Bright going three yards for the score.

Trailing 14-0, the Bees came to life when Ricky Sparks returned the ensuing kickoff 44 yards into F-M territory. Rouse got free two plays later, his 37-yard TD run putting B'ville on the board.

Another big return, this one by Shay Sargeant as he ran back a punt 40 yards to F-M's 40, led to another Rouse TD, from two yards out. Both times, the Bees missed the conversion, so the Hornets went to the break clinging to a 14-12 lead.

For all the work that Bright and Greer did, it was two pass plays that kept F-M out of the Bees' reach. From the B'ville 40 early in the third quarter, Wolfgang Shafer executed a perfect pump fake, threw deep and found Brendan Gesler for a 40-yard TD pass, which with Jake Wittig's extra point stretched the lead out to 21-12.

B'ville refused to go away, as Rouse found the end zone twice more in between Bright's second TD early in the fourth quarter.

A missed Wittig conversion meant that, after Rouse scored his fourth TD on a 12-yard run with 8:02 left, the Bees, down 27-25, had a chance to tie it with two points, but Rouse was stopped inches short of the goal line.

Unfazed, F-M again struck through the air, Shafer going 30 yards to Luke Krizman on third down. From there, it was back to the ground, and when Greer scored from 13 yards out with 6:34 to play and Wittig made the PAT, the Hornets were out of B'ville's reach.

"The two pass plays really hurt them," said F-M head coach Paul Muench. "They (B'ville) didn't believe that it (a pass play) was going to happen."

Defensively, Josh Pulver led F-M with nine tackles, while Kadah recorded a sack and fumble recovery. Cole Burchill, with 10 tackles (four solo), and Joe Stanard, with eight tackles (six solo), paced the Bees' defensive effort.

F-M returns home next Friday, aiming for four in a row against Liverpool (2-1), who survived an overtime thriller with Auburn 33-32. B'ville, meanwhile, visits Rome Free Academy (0-3). Both games start at 7 p.m.

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