This game had extra meaning for C-NS first-year head coach Joe Sindoni, who is a graduate of CBA and served as an assistant coach there for more than a decade. Also, both of his coordinators, Tim Brown (offense) and Tim Lee (defense), attended CBA and played under current head coach Joe Casamento.
None of this mattered much to the state no. 3-ranked Brothers, who found C-NS to be quite tough in the early going as the two sides played through a scoreless first quarter.
Then CBA’s star senior tailback, Deshawn Salter, took over in the second period, accounting for all three of his team’s touchdowns with a pair of short runs (four and two yards) and a 62-yard dash to the end zone that helped break the game open.
Trailing 21-0 at the break, C-NS got on the board in the third quarter when fullback Mitch Dunay scored on a seven-yard run. Again, though, the Brothers had a ready answer as Salter contributed his fourth TD on a five-yard run and Andre Dowdell scored from five yards out.
The Northstars battled to the end, though, as Dunay hit on a second TD, a four-yard run, and Nick Golembieski broke loose on a 60-yard scoring dash. Still, C-NS fell to 0-3 as it visits Corcoran this Friday night for a 5 p.m. kickoff.
Liverpool has an even bigger test against F-M, whose 3-0 start under first-year head coach Damien Rhodes has included 147 total points in wins over Schenectady, West Genesee and Baldwinsville.
The challenge for the Warriors’ defense will be to see if it can contain the Hornets’ multiple weapons, ranging from quarterback Jake Wittig to running back Jake Pulver to top receivers Luke Krizman and Jack Wilson. Game time is at 7 p.m.