Mustangs jump on Westhill, improve to 2-0

Marcellus forces Warriors turnovers in 43-14 win

— What helped Marcellus protect this huge early lead was Westhill's difficulty running the ball. Head coach Joe Fiacchi said the Warriors relied too much on the pass (Reed Derrenbacher threw 43 times, completing 18 of those passes for 280 yards), making them easier to defend.

In the meantime, the Mustangs made it 33-0 late in the second quarter when, on fourth-and-goal at the Warriors' 22, Keegan found Coon for their second TD connection of the night.

Somehow, Westhill shook this off and closed the gap to 33-14 by halftime, first with a scoring drive capped by Derrenbacher's two-yard scoring pass to Chris Brusa, and then finding the end zone with 1.2 seconds left when Aaron Cusick dropped a punt near his end zone and Brusa scooped it up, tumbling in for his second TD.

Briefly, the Warriors entertained the notion of a miracle comeback, but it got quashed when Filtch picked off a Derrenbacher on his own 15 and the Mustangs, on the ensuing drive, went 85 yards, Keegan going the final 19 yards for the score.

Mike Hastings also had an interception in that period, and Eli Parrish recovered a fumble to thwart another Westhill scoring chance. Cole Walsh's interception in the fourth quarter created a seventh turnover after Filtch hit a 30-yard field goal.

Marcellus now takes its 2-0 record into a big test next Thursday night, when it hosts defending Section III Class B champion Cazenovia in a game televised by Time Warner Cable Sports that kicks off at 7 p.m.

Westhill, meanwhile, will take on its other neighbor, Solvay, at Earl Hadley Stadium, this after the Bearcats suffered its 25th consecutive defeat last Friday when it lost to Cortland 42-12.

it was scoreless until the second quarter, when the Purple Tigers reeled off 22 points to negate Nick Cometti's six-yard scoring run. Zach Whalen had two of Cortland's TD's on runs of six and 22 yards.

Cortland tacked on 20 points in the second half amid Cometti's 12-yard TD run, and the Bearcats fell to 0-2 in a game that wasn't as close as its 40-32 defeat to Marcellus five days earlier at the Carrier Dome.

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