About the only way the Fayetteville-Manlius football team could top its 42-point, second-half comeback at Liverpool on Sept. 27 was to put even more points on the board, which it did in Friday night's game at Rome Free Academy - in less than two quarters.
In fact, by the time the state Class AA no. 11-ranked Hornets reached halftime at RFA Stadium, it had flattened the Black Knights with 56 points, rendering the rest of the game a mere formality as it eventually won by a score of 63-19.
As that was going on, state no. 2-ranked Christian Brothers Academy got "only" 42 points in the first half of its game at Central Square, but that included three long touchdowns from Deshawn Salter as the Brothers went on to breeze past the Red Hawks 55-6.
Clearly, F-M still had momentum and energy from the big rally at Liverpool, where it trailed 24-7 before its late scoring blitz produced a 49-37 victory. Counting that and the first half at RFA, the Hornets produced an astonishing 98 points in those four quarters.
The rout of the Black Knights commenced with Jake Wittig throwing a 48-yard touchdown pass to Luke Krizman. After RFA tied it, 7-7, the Hornets went in front for good with fullback Chris Bortel's three-yard TD run.
But the real rout started when F-M recovered an onside kick at the Black Knights' 44 after Bortel's score and, on the very next play, Wittig threw deep to the end zone and found Jack Wilson, extending the Hornets' lead to 21-7.
Two more Wittig scoring passes would follow, as he went 17 yards to Luke Krizman early in the second quarter, and then suppiled another huge blow when, from his own five, he threw deep and found WIlson for a 95-yard scoring play, the team's longest play of the season.