Baldwinsville A talented sophomore tailback and a determined defense gave the Liverpool football team a complete sense of accomplishment - and atonement.
Trailing by two touchdowns at halftime of Friday night's crucial Class AA-2 division game at Baldwinsville, the Warriors stunned the Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium faithful - or at least those clad in red - by scoring 21 unanswered points and pulling off a 31-24 victory over the Bees.
It was Jaydakis Scott taking over on the offensive side in those last two periods, the 10th-grader running for 159 yards and scoring all three of Liverpool's touchdowns, including the game-winner with 5:59 to play.
"We just came together as a team and played well," said Scott. "This is a big win for us."
Warriors head coach Dave Mancuso singled out his defense for special praise. It was, after all, that very same defensive unit that got burned for 42 second-half points by Fayetteville-Manlius two weeks earlier as Liverpool blew a 24-7 halftime lead and lost to the Hornets 49-37.
But it all turned around here - and as a result, one more Liverpool victory over Rome Free Academy in next Friday's regular-season finale will mean a first-round Section III Class AA playoff game at LHS Stadium on the last weekend of October.
Just getting there first required going through B'ville, who entered the night at 4-1 and no. 21 in the state Class AA rankings, and had dominated much of the recent meetings with Liverpool thanks to big nights from Tyler Rouse, who is now playing at Boston College.
Playing at home on Senior Night, the Bees took the opening kickoff and went right to the end zone, Ricky Sparks scoring on a 14-yard run. Liverpool also scored on its opening drive, mixing up passes and runs on a 74-yard march culminated by Justin Capoto's three-yard TD pass to Ben Terzini.