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Ground game powers Bears past Marcellus

Chittenango knocks Mustangs from top of B West standings

— Late in the half, Mills broke loose for a 23-yard run, setting up another scoring chance. Matt Cretaro found his brother, Josh, on a 14-yard pass, setting up Matt's own eight-yard TD scramble that made it 19-0, and Josh Cretaro's interception right before the break preserved the first-half shutout.

But the Bears didn't stop there. Remembering how it wasted a similar start in a Sept. 13 loss to Homer, Chittenango stretched the margin to 27-0 on its first possession of the third quarter, Benn breaking loose for a 48-yard TD run and Flack earning the two-point conversion.

Marcellus finally got on the board when Ross Filtch broke loose for a 61-yard TD run that made it 27-6, but the Bears countered with a long drive full of runs that Flack culminated by going 17 yards for his second score of the night.

To make sure the Mustangs didn't get any closer, Benn broke loose for a 43-yard scoring run with 7:32 left after Ian McGloon had gone 70 yards for a TD earlier in the fourth quarter. Mills provided the finishing touch with a 67-yard sprint to the end zone minutes later.

Chittenango needs just one win in its remaining two regular-season games to return to the playoffs, and could get it next Friday when it hosts Cortland, a 1-4 team coming off a 10-6 defeat to Westhill. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.

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