Cicero-North Syracuse defensive back Connor Evans (4) upends West Genesee wide receiver Michael Schmidt on a pass play during Friday night's game at Bragman Stadium, where the Northstars took a big step toward post-season qualification by defeating the Wildcats 28-24.
continued The Wildcats replied with Gauthier scrambling 11 yards for six points early in the third quarter Again, though, WG missed the conversion. Then the Northstars put together a long scoring drive late in the third quarter, Dunay going the final yard to make it 21-12.
Gauthier, returning from a three-game injury absence, hit Michael Schmidt on a 59-yard TD pass just before the period ended, only to have C-NS restore the lead to 28-18 as Nick Golembieski found the end zone from 33 yards out with 10:04 to play.
One more time, the Wildcats offered a response, this time on special teams. Right after Golembieski scored, Tommy Washington returned the ensuing kickoff 65 yards for a touchdown.
For the third straight time, though, C-NS stood up on defense and prevented WG from getting the conversion, and it made more key stops down the stretch to preserve the margin.