Liverpool running back Jeff Edwards (25) goes up and catches the ball in front of Fayetteville-Manlius' Dan Wyman during Friday night's game. Edwards also had 168 rushing yards on 30 carries as the Warriors beat the Hornets 28-14.
continued With the Hornets stymied, the Warriors set out to take its first lead. Edwards ran the ball four times on a 73 yard march that ended with his three yard scoring run. That gave Liverpool a 21-14 edge with 4:30 left in the third quarter.
The teams traded punts over the next four possessions. Liverpool then scored its insurance touchdown with 7:04 left. Edwards again did much of the work, and his effort was rewarded when the Capoto-to-Taylor combination struck from nine yards away.
Edwards led the visitors. The senior carried the ball 30 times for 168 yards, which put his total at 731 yards for the season.
‘He’s always great,” Mancuso said of Edwards. “He plays both ways. He gives everything he’s got. Every time he comes to the sideline I’m waiting for him to say ‘coach I need a couple plays off.’ Thank God he never says anything.”
Capoto completed nine-of-15 passes for 170 yards. Taylor caught three balls for 47 yards.
F-M got 178 passing yards from Wolfgang Shafer. T.J. Wheatley was Shafer’s favorite target, finishing with seven catches for 117 yards.
Sean Bright carried the ball 24 times for 99 yards, but that was less than half the 228 yards he had put up the week before in F-M's 34-25 win at Baldwinsville. Hornets coach Paul Muench tipped his cap to Liverpool’s performance.
“Tonight we got exposed,” Muench said. “Liverpool did a great job. There were some good play calls (and) some good schemes. We didn’t make the plays on the ball and they did."
F-M does get a chance to rebound next Friday when it hosts 0-4 Rome Free Academy. The Warriors, meanwhile, go back to LHS Stadium and will clash with Utica Proctor for sole possession of first place in AA-1. After an 0-2 start, the Raiders have recorded back-to-back wins over RFA and Auburn.