continued What made the difference, in the second half, was that the Lakers' defense took Ludden out of its rhythms, constantly making stops and forcing punts. And it was fitting that the game's last points was a fourth-quarter defensive safety.
Given ample time to pull clear, Skaneateles did so, as Alexander made a 30-yard field goal to make it 17-12, and Callahan followed up with his biggest play of the night, a 57-yard strike to Hill.
That capped off an effort where Callahan threw 31 passes, completing 20 of them for 277 yards. True, Hill got the TD's and 112 yards on six grabs, but Collin Jones was just as valuable, gaining 130 yards off eight receptions. Matt Lee offered the Lakers a ground game too, with 16 carries for 80 yards.
Now the trick for the Lakers, in next Friday's game against Port Byron/Union Springs (2-2 after a 14-6 victory over Canastota), is not to get caught looking ahead to ITC, who has won three of its four games without allowing a point, including Friday's 38-0 shutout over Jordan-Elbridge.