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Westhill football nips Cortland in final minute

Marcellus falls out of first place; Solvay also beaten

The win helped Westhill move up the B West standings - and so did the struggles Marcellus faced at Chittenango, a stunning development, given that the Mustangs occupied the no. 18 spot in the state Class B rankings and that the Bears, at 1-3, were in danger of falling out of the post-season picture.

Chittenango's offensive line dominated on the line of scrimmage, and it led to running backs Andrew Flack, Connor Mills and Cory Benn each breaking the century mark. Flack had 165 yards on the ground, while Mills gained 139 yards and Benn had 120 yards on just seven carries.

And it didn't take long for the Bears to start running over Marcellus. Flack, on the second play from scrimmage, burst through the line and took off, 64 yards to the Mustangs' end zone, giving Chittenango a 7-0 edge before the game was a minute old.

More runs on the Bears' next possession put it on the Mustangs' 35, and with defenders crowding the line of scrimmage, Matt Cretaro threw over them, his first pass of the night going to Will Strodel for a touchdown and a 13-0 edge.

All through the first half, Chittenango's defense thwarted Marcellus, twice stopping drives deep in its own territory, including a fourth-down stop at the Bears' 19 at the end of the opening period.

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, stretching 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.

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