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Football Lakers look to shine in Class B return

Skaneateles renews rivalries with Marcellus, Westhill, Solvay

— To put it mildly, the three seasons that the Skaneateles football team spent in the Section III Class C ranks were eventful.

One season was perfect – but ended in accusations of recruiting and Section III throwing them out of the playoffs. The next season was just as good and produced a first sectional title in 20 years. And the third involved a rash of untimely injuries that led to a quick post-season exit.

Now, all of that is over, and the Lakers are back where it feels like it belongs – in Class B, playing its long-time rivals and neighbors once again, with plenty of motivation to prove that its recent success was not solely based on facing smaller schools.

“We want it even more now,” said senior lineman Zach Schneider.

Just as importantly, there wasn’t a coaching change. After going through three different head men in three years, Skaneateles has Mike Olley back for a second season.

In 2013, Olley’s side went 5-2 in the regular season, but those injuries (seven starters missed time at one point or another) left the Lakers short-handed going into the Class C playoffs, and General Brown beat them 49-7 in the opening round on its way to the sectional championship.

A similar run of bad luck might prove catastrophic this fall, not just due to the move to Class B, but also because Skaneateles carries a 28-man roster and does not have a JV team with which to find depth if it’s needed.

Olley said that, during pre-season practices, he’s limited contact as much as possible.

“We can’t go live very much,” he said. “If we do, we get kids hurt.”

But as a whole, the Lakers can prove quite potent, especially in the passing game, where quarterback Devin Callahan will run the show.

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