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Football Mustangs outscored by Homer, 58-45

Westhill smashes Phoenix, improves to 4-2

Marcellus kept answering every time Homer got close, including one TD on a hook-and-lateral play, Hastings finishing off the score as, at one point late in the half, the Mustangs enjoyed a 29-16 lead.

But just like Cazenovia did, Homer roared back, seizing a 30-29 lead by halftime. Bush scored his second TD, on a 32-yard sprint to the end zone, but the game's biggest play came right before the break.

Pinned deep in his own territory, Keegan tried to throw near the goal line, only to have Homer's Anthony Basile gain the interception at the Mustangs' five and walk into the end zone.

Christopher's extra point meant that Marcellus, despite all of its good work, trailed at the break, and it never fully recovered, despite two more scoring drives and Keegan's 25-yard TD run.

Bush, all told, finished with 322 yards on 26 carries, one of the largest single-game totals in Section III this season, and that included a 66-yard TD run in the third quarter that helped the Trojans gain a cushion.

Keegan nearly matched Bush's offensive total, running for 117 yards on 21 carries,and then completing 17 of 34 passes for 212 yards, most of it to Hastings, who had six catches for 124 yards.

Big numbers were also present at Westhill, where Ryan Obrist sparked the romp over Phoenix by blocking a Firebirds punt and returning it 31 yards for a first-quarter touchdown.

It was 14-0 by the time the period ended, Ja'Shai Jamison breaking loose through the Phoenix secondary on a 62-yard scoring run, his longest of the season. That set things up for Reed Derenbacher's big second-quarter passing outburst.

Three times in that period, Derrenbacher threw scoring passes, going 55 yards to Jack Centore, 29 yards to Joe Rainone and 30 yards to Brendan Fesinger. As if that wasn't enough, the Warriors got a defensive TD when Fesinger pounced on a Firebirds fumble and brought it back 31 yards for six.

Ahead 42-6 at halftime, the Warriors throttled back in the second half, even though Jamison added a second TD on a 31-yard sprint and Wyatt Torrence earned his first TD of the season on a 30-yard run in the fourth quarter.

Westhill closes its regular season with a non-league game at Camden next Friday at 7 p.m., just as Marcellus is finishing its work at Phoenix and as Solvay hosts Chittenango.

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