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Liverpool gets dramatic OT win over Auburn

Warriors rally in regulation, pull out 33-32 win

— The Liverpool defense continued its strong play in the second half as 6-foot-3, 215-pound defensive end Joe Duffus terrorized Valentino for four sacks and a forced fumble.

One of those sacks helped pin Valentino back at his own four-yard line. Forced to punt, the Warriors took over in Auburn territory, where fullback Anthony Miller ripped off a 32-yard TD run with 6:48 left in regulation.

Monk’s ensuing extra-point attempt was successful, but whistled off for offsides. Dustin Culver blocked the second PAT attempt to keep the score tied at 32-32. Another Duffus sack thwarted Auburn’s last scoring chance in regulation

“We were down a little bit, but we didn’t bother,” Edwards said. “We just looked for overtime to get the job done, and that’s what we did.”

Auburn had the first OT possession, and Schillace powered in on third-and-goal from inside the one. But after a failed two-point conversion, and a game-tying answer from Edwards, Monk drilled his next try, clinching the victory for Liverpool.

“We missed the one PAT and we had a breakdown in our protection,” Mancuso said. “It came down to (him) at the end, and (that was) a clutch kick at a clutch time.”

After all this, Liverpool has to go on the road next Friday and face a confident team from Fayetteville-Manlius.

The Hornets are 3-0 and are off back-to-back road wins over powers West Genesee (14-13) and Baldwinsville (34-25), but the Warriors are seeking payback for a dramatic 40-35 defeat to F-M in last year's opening round of the Class AA playoffs.

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