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Skaneateles slams Marcellus in rivalry renewal

Herr throws for six TDs as Lakers go to 4-0

Skaneateles football teammates Steven Bright (9) and Max Weiss (44) celebrate another touchdown in Thursday night's game against Marcellus. Bright caught a four-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter as the Lakers won 47-19 in the renewal of its long-time rivalry with the Mustangs.

Skaneateles football teammates Steven Bright (9) and Max Weiss (44) celebrate another touchdown in Thursday night's game against Marcellus. Bright caught a four-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter as the Lakers won 47-19 in the renewal of its long-time rivalry with the Mustangs. Scott Schild

— Skaneateles routed neighbor and long-time archrival Marcellus, 47-19, Thursday night in a non-league football game at Hyatt Stadium, staying undefeated while, at the same time, keeping the Mustangs winless.

The Lakers (4-0) racked up more than 450 yards of total offense, and limited the Mustangs (0-4) to only one offensive touchdown.

“We played very well,” Skaneateles coach Joe Sindoni said. “We made a few mistakes here and there, but our defense played amazing (and) our offensive line played great.

"We just played a very physical team, and we played physical and hung with them. That’s what I wanted to see coming out of this game.”

Sindoni’s only complaint was special teams play. Specifically kickoff return coverage. The Lakers allowed a pair of touchdown returns from 88 and 80 yards.

The flip side was that Skaneateles was kicking off a lot thanks to its offense. Quarterback Conor Herr was the statistical standout, completing 23 of 39 passes for 266 yards and six touchdowns while also rushing for a team-best 63 yards on eight carries.

The senior was glad to add his name to the lore surrounding the Skaneateles-Marcellus rivalry.

“It’s huge this is a very big win for us,” Herr said. “I don’t know the last time we beat them. They’ve been pounding on us for years. This is great.”

Herr hooked up with his favorite target, Jake Cooney, for a six-yard touchdown pass to give the hosts a 7-0 lead with 2:09 left in the first quarter.

Then the teams combined for five second quarter touchdowns. Marcellus got the first one, a 10-yard pitch-and-catch from quarterback Duncan Merritt to tight end Jamie Fiacchi.

Herr responded by tossing pair of touchdowns 54 seconds apart. One was to Colin Jones, for 13 yards. The other was to Steven Bright for four yards.

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