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Lakers get away in second half, beat Central Valley

Caz scores 21 third-quarter points, moves to 2-0

Cazenovia quarterback Kevin Hopsicker (4) races to the end zone on a 40-yard touchdown run in the third quarter of last Saturday's game against Central Valley Academy. The Lakers' 21 third-quarter points led to a 49-20 victory over the Thunder.

Cazenovia quarterback Kevin Hopsicker (4) races to the end zone on a 40-yard touchdown run in the third quarter of last Saturday's game against Central Valley Academy. The Lakers' 21 third-quarter points led to a 49-20 victory over the Thunder. Adam Walburger

— So Cazenovia enjoyed a 21-14 halftime edge, but the Thunder's powerful ground game had caused trouble. And even with Brown missing the rest of the game with an ankle injury, the Lakers had to shore up its defense if it wanted to feel safe.

That's exactly what happened. Cazenovia forced a three-and-out on CVA's first possession of the second half, and a poor punt gave the hosts a short field. Utilizing a no-huddle, hurry-up formation, the Lakers with which it drove right to its fourth TD, scored by Vogl from one yard out.

Later in the period, Cazenovia had the ball on its own 39. Vogl went 21 yards on an option, and when the Thunder defenders spread out, Hopsicker ran up the middle 40 yards to the goal line.

As if that wasn't enough, Joe Nannery recovered the ensuing squib kick and, less than a minute later, Hopsicker, from the CVA 10, swung it out to Vogl, who won the race to the goal line, making it 42-14.

The Thunder had one more bright moment, finally getting a successful pass play with Matt Klosner's 32-yard TD pass to Farley with 9:56 left. Less than two minutes later, Hopsicker clinched it by finding a wide-open Ryman Seeley for a 39-yard scoring pass.

With a short week to prepare, Cazenovia now heads for a high-profile showdown with Class B West division leader Marcellus (2-0) Thursday night at 7 p.m. in a game televised by Time Warner Cable Sports. The Mustangs are 2-0, having scored 85 combined points in wins over Solvay and Westhill.

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