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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

— On Oneida's next possession, a pass rush forced McCarthy into a bad throw that Alex Devine grabbed and returned to the Indians' 37. Off this third turnover, the Lakers finally got on the board again, utilizing a series of runs from Hopsicker, Vogl and Dan Phillips before Hopsicker sneaked in from the one to make it a two-touchdown margin late in the period.

Early in the fourth quarter, when Nish intercepted Hopiscker at the Lakers' 13, the Indians had its best chance yet. Three plays netted just nine yards, though, and on fourth down with 7:37 left, Carter Woodworth stopped Cafalone, forcing yet another turnover on downs.

"We just wouldn't let them score," said Nourse.

Vogl and Phillips combined on a series of runs to eat up more than four minutes of clock, as Vogl finished with 30 carries for 145 yards.

"We gave him the ball a lot to see how his leg was," said Lakers head coach Tom Neidl. "Andrew is a tough player."

Still, the Indians made one more push into Cazenovia's territory to break up the shutout, but Pat Karmis sacked McCarthy in the waning seconds to preserve this latest shutout - and another sectional title.

Now Cazenovia looks to avenge last year's defeat in the Class B regional finals to Maine-Endwell. The Lakers take another shot at the defending state champion Spartans Saturday at 6 p.m. at Union-Endicott High School, with the winner to advance to face Depew or Geneva in the state semifinals Nov. 23 at Sahlen's Stadium in Rochester.

Hopsicker said that a big part of the Lakers trying to knock off Maine-Endwell is simply believing that they can pull it off. Six days from now, Cazenovia would find out if belief turned into glorious results.

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