continued C-NS got the ball to start the half and cut the deficit in half. A 10-play, 79-yard drive ended with a Dziados one-yard TD plunge up the middle. He set up that score with a beautiful pass to DeMonte for 36 yards that put the ball on the one before Dziados took it home.
But that was a close as C-NS got the rest of the night. The Northstars had a great chance to tie up the game late in the third quarter, but Dziados was sacked at the 15, and C-NS failed to convert on fourth down.
“You never want to get in the red zone once and have an empty trip, let alone twice,” C-NS head coach Joe Sindoni said.
Liverpool would extend the lead again when Capoto tossed a long pass to Twum, who broke a tackle and ran the rest of the way for a 56-yard touchdown.
“Justin’s always capable of throwing the long bomb, but their defense is designed to stop the run,” Mancuso said. “Many times they challenge you to throw it. Honestly, I don’t like to throw the ball that much, but I know Justin is capable of throwing the nice deep ball.”
Despite having a defense tailored to stop the run, C-NS failed to stop the rushing triplet of Twum, Terranova and Scott. Combined, the three backs rushed for more than 200 yards.
As a coach who enjoys running the ball, Mancuso was pleased at his team’s ability to run the ball different ways.
“They’re all different styles, which makes it really difficult to defend because as a linebacker, you don’t know if it’s a fast flow or a slow flow or what he’s gonna do,” he said.
The Northstars had a few more possessions to come back, but with less than two minutes left in the game, Dziados threw his only interception to end C-NS's chances.