Baldwinsville defenders Kevin Carson (88) and Cole Burchill (6) combine to slow up Liverpool's Pat Twum on a running play in Friday night's game. The Bees led 24-10 at halftime, only to see the Warriors come back and prevail 31-24.
continued 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 Gage Blasi intercepted Capoto's pass on the first play of the fourth quarter, the Warriors quickly forced a punt, and turned it back to Scott.
Getting terrific blocking, 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.
Three plays later, Scott worked his way outside and pounded into the end zone. That touchdown, with 5:59 left, put Liverpool in front for the first time all night.
Still, the Bees weren't done. Two long passes by Blasi - 23 yards to John Mercurio and 47 yards to Mitch Rein - had B'ville inside the Liverpool 10 for first-and-goal.
One last time, though, the Warriors' defense stood up, shutting down three ground plays before chasing Blasi into a fourth-down sack with 3:09 left at the 20. Scott promptly ran four more times, picking up three first downs, and Liverpool ran out the clock.