Liverpool linebacker Pat Twum (5) puts a hard lick on Utica Proctor's Lemeke Pittman in Friday night's game, a wild and high-scoring affair won by the Warriors 56-45 as it took over sole possession of first place in the Class AA-1 division.
Liverpool High above Liverpool High School Stadium Friday night, a dark sky loomed ominously. Swirling winds and intermittent rain amplified the overcast conditions.
The football Warriors would be battling Utica Proctor for sole possession of first place in Class AA-1, and while the weather would remain for the entirety of the contest, the sky stayed quiet.
Down on the field at LHS Stadium, though, running backs Jeff Edwards and Anthony Miller provided the thunder and lightning.
“We were forced to run the ball a little more than we liked,” Liverpool head coach Dave Mancuso said. “But it was working for us so we just kept doing it.”
Edwards’ 13-yard dash with 1:49 left — one last flash of excellence from the senior tailback — sealed the dramatic 56-45 victory for Liverpool.
Combined, Edwards and the fullback Miller torched the Raiders’ defense for 252 yards and five touchdowns. Miller pounded away between the tackles 16 times for 102 yards and two scores, while Edwards showcased his speed and shiftiness, finishing with 28 carries for 150 yards and three scores.
Mancuso chose to throw the ball just five times on the night as Liverpool improved to 4-1 and remained unbeaten in AA-1 action going into next Friday's local showdown with Baldwinsville.
“The two-headed attack really opens up everything because you never know who’s going to get the ball,” Edwards said. “When we both have the ball in our hands we can take it.”
The complementary pair of backs gave Liverpool its early 7-0 lead. A 27-yard run from Miller set up a seven-yard score for Edwards as he took a handoff left and scampered into the endzone untouched.
Following a 47-yard touchdown connection from Proctor quarterback Jordan Treen to Lawrence Elliott 39 seconds later, Edwards and Miller picked up right where they left off, exchanging runs until a 32-yard catch-and-run from Justin Capoto set up Miller for the easy score.