continued Mostly a spectator in this scoring deluge, Hopsicker joined in by taking an option run 62 yards for six more points early in the second quarter. Remarkably, the Lakers had picked up 46 points in less than 14 minutes of game time.
And it would not score again, the Lakers sitting its starters throughout the second half as Collin Hayes' one-yard TD run against the Cazenovia second-string defense got Mexico on the board.
By making sure it did not look ahead to Oneida, the Lakers got the sharp work, and ample rest, it needed before it met Oneida with Class B East supremacy at stake.
Back on Friday, Chittenango fell to 1-3 on the season, going to Central Valley Academy and playing a poor first half in a 44-32 defeat to the Thunder.
The Bears’ run defense, which allowed 450 yards to Homer a week earlier, got exposed again thanks to CVA’s powerful ground attack during a 22-0 first-quarter blitz.
Mykel Farley, scoring from 22 yards out, gave the Thunder an 8-0 lead. Then Tyler Brown, back from an ankle injury suffered in the Sept. 14 game at Cazenovia, broke loose for long TD runs of 61 and 35 yards, putting the Bears in early trouble.
Fighting back in the second quarter, Chittenango had Connor Mills score on a one-yard plunge and a two-point pass to Will Strodel, and added Cory Benn’s 13-yard TD pass to Matt Cretaro.
Still, the Bears trailed 36-16 at halftime because CVA kept running wild, Farley adding his second and third touchdowns of the night on runs of 64 and 21 yards.
To its credit, Chittenango clamped down in the second half, and did get two more TD’s thanks to Cretaro’s 12-yard run and Benn’s five-yard pass to Jordan Sass. But Travis Mead’s two-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter helped the Thunder hang on.
This Friday night, the Bears welcome 3-1 Marcellus, desperately needing a win to improve its post-season chances.