Cazenovia Much of the Cazenovia football team's efforts in Saturday's game against Mexico at Buckley-Volo Field was centered around getting the key work done quickly, and then conserving both energy and manpower for a much bigger battle ahead.
By scoring 39 points in the first quarter against the winless Tigers, the state Class B no. 4-ranked Lakers ended the competitive phase quite early, and then breezed to a 46-7 victory while most of its key players sat the entire second half.
And this sets up, for the 4-0 Lakers, the biggest game of the regular season - next Saturday's home clash with fellow unbeaten Oneida. En route to its own 4-0 start, the Indians have outscored its opponents by a combined margin of 160-34.
Of course, Oneida has experienced nothing close to what Cazenovia did on Sept. 19, falling behind 28-7 at Marcellus before rallying for a 43-35 victory. Remembering how bad things started in that game, the Lakers wanted nothing close to that stress against an overmatched Mexico side.
It took less than two minutes for Cazenovia to get on the board with Andrew Vogl's 56-yard touchdown run. Then Kevin Hopsicker found Noah King open in the end zone from 23 yards out on the Lakers' next possession, making it 13-0.
A short Mexico punt led to a short field and another Cazenovia TD, Mike Nourse scoring from 19 yards out, and it was 20-0, but the Lakers weren't done yet in the period.
Billy Rankin intercepted Josh Colon's pass and returned it to the Mexico 10, and Vogl went seven yards for his second TD, so it was 27-0, and the game wasn't even seven minutes old.
Keaton Ackerman, who already had converted three of four extra points, picked off Colon at the Tigers' 37 and returned it all the way, 63 yards for the Lakers' fifth TD of the quarter. Vogl, just before the period ended, broke loose from midfield for a 52-yard TD dash.