Cicero After being shut out against Henninger in its season opener a week earlier, it didn’t take long for the Liverpool football team to score its first touchdown of the season in Friday night's showdown with rival Cicero-North Syracuse at Bragman Stadium.
In fact, the Warriors scored on its first three possessions and eventually came out on top against the Northstars 28-14 and, in doing so, maintaining possession of the 'Star Wars Cup' for one more year.
“At times our kids really stepped up and they made some plays,” Liverpool head coach Dave Mancuso said. "And I was real proud of them today. “It’s always great to beat C-NS."
Liverpool struck hard and fast to begin the game after tailback Patrick Twum returned the opening kickoff to the C-NS 47-yard line. Once the Warriors got the ball down to the two-yard line, quarterback Justin Capoto ran in the first of his two touchdowns. The Warriors led 6-0 after a failed two-point conversion.
But C-NS responded immediately with a touchdown drive of its own. Running back Mitch Dunay did most of the work on the ground, carrying the ball eight times for 54 yards, and quarterback Owen Dziados capped off the drive with a 15-yard slant pass to Brian DeMonte for the touchdown.
After the extra point, the Northstars had its first and only lead of the game at 7-6, but now it was Liverpool's turn to answer.
Behind big runs by James Terranova and Jaydakis Scott, the Warriors drove down to the Northstars’ two again. Capoto capped off the six-play, 72-yard drive with his second TD run of the night. This time, the Warriors did get the two-point conversion, and were back on top, 14-7, as the first quarter ended.
During the second period, Terranova busted through the Northstar defense for a 30-yard scoring run, doubling the Warriors' lead to 21-7. C-NS had a chance to score in the closing seconds of the half, marching to Liverpool's 12, but three straight incomplete passes by Dziados ended the half with Liverpool still up by those two touchdowns.