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Lakers blank Oneida again, repeat as sectional champs

Caz moves to 10-0 with superb defensive effort

Cazenovia senior tailback Andrew Vogl (22), returning from a month’s absence due to a hamstring injury, ran 30 times for 145 yards, helping the Lakers to a 14-0 victory over Oneida Sunday in the Carrier Dome for the team’s second consecutive Section III Class B championship, and third in four years.

Cazenovia senior tailback Andrew Vogl (22), returning from a month’s absence due to a hamstring injury, ran 30 times for 145 yards, helping the Lakers to a 14-0 victory over Oneida Sunday in the Carrier Dome for the team’s second consecutive Section III Class B championship, and third in four years. Adam Walburger

— Each team would meet plenty of frustration in the first half. The Lakers, on its first possession, used Hopsicker's 35-yard swing pass to Noah King to set up a scoring chance. But on fourth-and-five, Vogl's first carry of the game was stopped one yard shot at the Oneida 21.

Cazenovia fared better late in the period, when a Laker punt hit Oneida's William Armstrong and Hayden Polhamus recovered on the Indians' 28. Four plays later, Hopsicker scrambled seven yards for the game's first touchdown.

As the first quarter ended, Oneida put its first serious drive together, sparked by Dylan Cafalone's 21-yard run past midfield. Continuing to run ,the Indians moved the ball to the Lakers' eight, but on fourth-and-three, Cafalone was stopped a yard short.

Then it was Oneida's turn to make a big defensive play. After Cazenovia had driven to midfield, John Nish sacked Hopsicker, forcing a fumble that Shawn Thurston recovered at his own 47. But the Indians could not capitalize, stopped again on fourth down, this time at the Lakers' 27.

Vogl continued to run well, using his speed to elude tackles and get the Lakers moving down the field, only to have yet another drive stall at Oneida' 13 when, again, Vogl was stopped on a fourth-down option run.

So Cazenovia had to settle for taking a 7-0 lead to the break. Both teams had twice seen chances to find the end zone thwarted, but that punt miscue by the Indians had allowed the Lakers to get in front.

Immediately, though, the Lakers got right back into trouble early in the third quarter when Oneida's Liam Mahoney intercepted Hopsicker at the Indians' 49. A series of penalties moved the Indians to the Cazenovia 20, but when Rory McCarthy tried to throw to the end zone, Keaton Ackermann picked it off, and the Lakers' defense was far from done in forcing mistakes.

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