Going up against the state's no. 8-ranked Class B football team, the Marcellus Mustangs put up an inspiring effort, scoring 45 points on Homer, getting more in one quarter against the Trojans than any of its previous five opponents had pulled off in an entire game this fall.
And still it wasn't enough.
In a game that went past the century mark in combined points, Homer had more of them, getting a career-best performance from tailback Alec Bush and outlasting the Mustangs 58-45.
The loss dropped Marcellus to 3-3 on the season, 3-2 in Class B West, but it still could earn second place (and an opening-round Section III playoff game) if it wins next Friday at Phoenix.
That's because Chittenango, right after beating the Mustangs, lost to Cortland 20-16, all but dousing the Bears' playoff hopes, and Marcellus holds head-to-head tie-breakers over Cortland and Westhill, thanks to wins over each of them back in September.
Westhill's league slate is complete, having gone 4-2 against B West, a vast improvement from the last two years, capped by Friday night's 56-6 romp over Phoenix where it scored 42 first-half points.
But the real excitement was up at Marcellus, where the fired-up Mustangs did something similar to what it accomplished Sept. 19 against defending sectional champion Cazenovia, in terms of lighting up the board early, but proving unable to sustain its success long-term.
Donning black jerseys instead of the usual green, Marcellus trailed, 6-0, in a matter of seconds when the Trojans' Jayden Gavidia returned the kickoff 88 yards for a touchdown.
Undaunted, the Mustangs put together a series of scoring drives. Tom Keegan threw a pair of scoring passes - one to Wyatt Stehle, the other to Mike Hastings - as the Trojans' Alec Bush got a TD of his own and Joel Christopher added a 23-yard field goal.