Cazenovia The 2012 Cazenovia Laker Pop Warner Football season got off to a great start, and has been favored so far with great weather. Sunday, Sept. 16 was no exception, as all three teams traveled to Vernon-Verona-Sherrill to take on the Red Devils.
The 1-1 C-Team (also known as the Pee Wees), coming off a 20-0 win over New Hartford and a first week loss to Rome, faced a VVS squad that, while smaller in number were certainly equal in talent. Cazenovia came away with a disappointing 12-6 loss.
Game captains Cole Basic, Guy Germain, Evan Murray and Joe McLaughlin won the toss and elected to have Chris Sparks kick off. VVS drove down the field quickly and scored a TD on their first possession, but the Laker defense prevented the extra point.
Cazenoviua followed with an impressive drive, including a 40-yard run by Cole Basic, but failed to complete. Back on defense, the Lakers held VVS at midfield with tackles from Ryan Romagnoli, Jack McDonald and Dylan Anderson, followed by a neat pass interception by Jack Lavelle.
While unable to convert the turnover to a score, Cazenovia kept up an impressive back-and-forth with the Devils, and ended the half with an interception by Ryan Romagnoli and no additional scoring.
The second half began with a penalty-plagued set of downs for Cazenovia that turned the ball back over to VVS. Another Laker interception by Ty Fryer put Cazenovia back on offense, but several possessions later the Red Devils were once again in the end zone, putting them up 12-0.
Cazenovia followed with a long, determined drive including two first-downs from Robbie Liddell and ending with a touchdown-scoring QB keeper from Kevin Ammann.
In the final two minutes, the Lakers made it within scoring distance, but time and luck ran out with a last second fumble. The Lakers take on Oneida at home for their next game.