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Fast start pushes Lakers past Camden

Defense nearly gets shutout in 33-7 win over Blue Devils

Senior wide receiver Ryan Cook slips past defenders during the Sept.29 Cazenovia Homecoming game against Camden at Buckley-Volo field. The Lakers came away with a win over the Blue Devils, 33-7.

Senior wide receiver Ryan Cook slips past defenders during the Sept.29 Cazenovia Homecoming game against Camden at Buckley-Volo field. The Lakers came away with a win over the Blue Devils, 33-7. Photo by Pierce Smith.

— Sometimes this fall, the Cazenovia football team has waited to make its big move and put an opponent away.

Not on Saturday, though, as the Lakers turned the annual Homecoming game against Camden into a first-half clinic, doing most everything right before cruising to a 33-7 victory over the Blue Devils at Buckley-Volo Field.

The win further secured Cazenovia's place atop the Class B East division, as it's 3-0 in league play and 4-1 overall. Just as importantly, the focus and intensity for the Lakers was there from the opening kickoff.

Unlike the 31-13 victory over Cortland on Sept. 22, when the Lakers didn't take control until late in the third quarter, Cazenovia's opening march was quick and ruthless.

Jake Wilson took off on runs of 22 and 19 yards to set things up, and Andrew Vogl did the rest, speeding 30 yards for the touchdown in a drive that took just three plays and 65 seconds.

Cazenovia's defense made its first big play minutes later, when defensive back Chad Warren stuffed Camden tailback Jeremy Zeitschel on fourth down near midfield.

Using that short field, quarterback Kevin Hopsicker threw a 31-yard pass to Ryan Cook, and on fourth-and-12 at the 15, Hopsicker went back to Cook in the end zone, and the senior wide receiver snared it in single coverage, extending the Lakers' lead to 12-0.

A third Laker possession led to a third Laker touchdown early in the second quarter. Hopsicker used a 22-yard scramble and 21-yard pass to Carter Woodworth to set up Wilson's 19-yard trip to the end zone on an option.

That, plus a two-point run by Wilson, made it 20-0, and Cazenovia essentially went into a lower gear for the rest of the afternoon, at least from an offensive standpoint.

Late in the half, another fourth-down Laker stop near midfield, made by Jack Malmsheimer, led to a back-breaking big play. Taking a short pass from Hopsicker at his own 45, Cook ran down the sideline, broke several tackles, and went the rest of the way for a 55-yard TD, which made it 26-0 at the break.

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