continued On the first play of the second quarter, White fumbled at the Mustangs' 43, and Cole Walsh recovered. Twice on the ensuing drive, Keegan converted fourth-down plays with a pass to Wyatt Stehle and a quarterback sneak, setting up his second TD run, a nine-yard run up the middle, and a Ross Filtch PAT.
Marcellus had its first lead at 19-14, but in the waning seconds of the half Solvay, without a time-out, moved 58 yards in just two plays. A pass to Cody Pucello, plus a roughing-the-passer penalty, led to Franklin finding a wide-open Devlin for a 27-yard scoring reception, Devlin's third TD of the game.
The Bearcats' 20-19 lead, and its improved level of play on the offensive side, was already a large leap over anything it had done the last three years. The question now was whether it could be sustained for two more periods.
Marcellus was eager to disappoint the Solvay faithful, taking the second-half kickoff and zipping down the field for a 64-yard march. Keegan, from the Bearcats' 25, found Will Coon on a swing pass and, sprung by a great downfield block from Mike Hastings, went the rest of the way for the score.
That 26-20 lead lasted barely two minutes. White struck again for Solvay by blowing through a big hole on the left side 45 yards for his fourth TD, but the missed extra point meant they were tied, 26-26.
Not even a minute later, Marcellus broke the tie, going 73 yards this time around on effective sideline passes before McGloon netted his second touchdown on a 13-yard run.
Just as importantly, Drew Mosher recovered a Solvay fumble at the Bearcats' 43 and, one play later, Keegan went back to Coon on another swing pass to the same side that worked earlier. Hurdling a potential tackle and staying in bounds, Coon went the rest of the way for a TD.