Almost as critical to the Liverpool football team as the 42 points it gave up in the second half of a 49-37 defeat to Fayetteville-Manlius on Sept. 27 was the way the players would react to that result, for it could determine, to a large measure, just where this season would end up.
At least in the short term, the Warriors reacted quite well, venturing east to face Utica Proctor on Friday night and, with a mid-game offensive outburst, pulling away from the Raiders as it won by a score of 41-7.
With that win, Liverpool improved to 3-2, 2-1 in the Class AA-2 division, and could still earn a Section III home playoff game if it can knock off neighbor and rival Baldwinsville (4-1, 2-1 league) next Friday at Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium.
First, though, the Warriors had to handle Proctor, a team at 0-4 that was reeling from back-to-back one-point overtime defeats to Rome Free Academy (47-46) and Utica Proctor (22-21). Liverpool was not about to let it stay that close this time.
Starting the second quarter, the Warriors carried a modest 7-0 lead thanks to a nine-yard touchdown run from sophomore tailback Jadakis Scott, but it blew the game open by tagging the Raiders for 21 points before they reached halftime.
Brian Carr made it 14-0 by scoring from 20 yards out early in the period. J'Von Evans got Proctor on the board with a seven-yard TD run, but the Warriors quickly restored the margin through the air as Justin Capoto, from midfield, went deep and found Ben Terzini for a 51-yard scoring pass.
A real blow was offered just before halftime. Situated at the Raiders' 27, the Warriors handed the ball to Caleb Taylor, who threw to Terzini for another TD that, with Trevor Monk's fourth successful extra point, made it 28-7 going into the break.