Liverpool receiver Ben Terzini (4) catches a first-quarter touchdown pass from Justin Capoto in Friday night's game at Baldwinsville. The Warriors rallied from a 14-point deficit at halftime to beat the Bees 31-24 and move into second place in the Class AA-2 division.
continued The Bees countered as Cameron Skipworth's 60-yard kick return led to Sparks scoring from eight yards out. On the first play of the second quarter, Trevor Monk connected on a 31-yard field goal to cut the deficit to 14-10, but the game almost got away from the Warriors, in large part due to Skipworth.
After he scored on a six-yard run to make it 21-10, Skipworth intercepted a Capoto pass near the goal line late in the half and, changing directions several times, took off on an 85-yard return to the Liverpool 10.
Just at that moment, though, the Warriors' defense made a crucial stand, forcing the Bees to settle for Tom Scarfino's 24-yard field goal, which made it 24-10 at halftime - but gave Liverpool a sense that, when under heavy pressure, it could contain the Bees' potent ground attack.
Meanwhile, Scott had sat out the first quarter and had just one carry when he entered the game in the second period. Mancuso said the game plan in the second half was to get him the ball - and it turned everything around.
Barely three minutes into the third quarter, Scott took a toss, cut back from the left side and took off 51 yards to the end zone, Monk's extra point cutting Liverpool's deficit to 24-17.
Even though Capoto threw a second interception to Gage Blasi on the first play of the fourth quarter, the Warriors quickly forced a punt, and turned it back to Scott.
Getting terrific blocking from the line of Geoff Bell, Joe Grannel, Anthony Milea, John Ireton and Nate Donalson, Scott changed directions again on a 24-yard TD run with 7:10 left. When Monk made his third PAT in as many tries, the game was tied, 24-24.
To that point, B'ville had not turned the ball over - but on the ensuing kickoff, the Bees were unable to pick up the ball, and Liverpool's Zach Katib pounced on it at the B'ville 20.