In a showdown of the top two teams in Class C West, Skaneateles came up just short against the Syracuse Institute of Technology Central Friday night.
In its final home game of the season, the Lakers lost to the Eagles 24-21 to move to 4-2 on the season. ITC is now 6-0 in its fourth season since returning under coach John Cosgrove.
ITC, who had yet to trail this season, got off to a quick start on the opening drive of the game when quarterback Tyler Carbonaro connected with Josh Thomas, who made a one-handed catch in the back of the endzone. Their next drive was capped by a touchdown run from DeLee Williams.
Senior Colin Jones made big plays for the Lakers throughout the game on offense and defense. Trailing 12-0 in the second quarter, Jones got his second interception of the game, shortly after a big punt return had set them up deep in Lakers territory.
Following the interception the Laker offense went on a 10-play, 80-yard drive capped with a three yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Tyler Parr to Jones.
Coming out after the half, the Lakers tried a little razzle dazzle. Parr bounced a backwards pass to Jones, who threw it downfield to a wide-openMark Goetzmann. Though much of the defense was thrown off by the bounce-pass, Goetzmann was pulled down by a defensive back after a 65-yard gain.
Even though the Lakers would turn over the ball on downs following the big play, it held the Eagles to a three-and-out got the ball back with good field position, which led to another Parr to Jones touchdown. By going up 14-12 for a portion of the third quarter, the Lakers gave ITC its first deficit of the season.
But ITC took the lead back on a 22-yard run by Keenan Scott later in the quarter and after another Josh Thomas touchdown reception held a 24-14 advantage late in the fourth. After having their first point after attempt blocked, ITC attempted, and failed, two-point conversions on its other three touchdowns in the game.