September 15, 2012
Okay, so it might not have been too pleasant to sit in a car in a parking lot early Friday evening and hear a bolt of lightning really close by as we all waited for the latest festival of football. And writing stories until 2 in the morning is not good for anyone's health, I presume.
But oh, the in between. Once everyone did kick off (except for a few games that got moved to Saturday, including Henninger-Corcoran), there was a lot to behold and a lot to digest as the 2012 season starts to assume its shape.
It was old-school stuff at Baldwinsville, where F-M relied on its own powerful ground game to subdue the Bees 34-25. Turns out that two (Sean Bright and Ryan Greer) beats one (Tyler Rouse), but the Hornets also used a pair of timely passes in the rain to keep B'ville at arm's length.
They also had a lot of excitement at Liverpool, where Auburn sure looked like it would get to 3-0 before the Warriors rallied from 19 points down and also came back in overtime to pull it out 33-32, setting up a delicious Liverpool-F-M battle next Friday, where the Hornets actually play on its own turf and won't get dirty, for once.
CBA is the other 3-0 side in Class AA at the moment, the Brothers nearly holding C-NS without a first down in a 21-0 shutout, though the Brothers know it will be tougher at West Genesee with Naesean Howard showing the kind of form he did at Central Square. And as Utica Proctor showed with its romp over rival Rome Free Academy, the Raiders can't be forgotten, either.
But the Class A turnover is nearly complete. J-D backed up its Cazenovia breakthrough by rallying for a long-awaited win at ESM to go to 3-0, and now it's the Red Rams and Nottingham atop the American division, the Bulldogs further confirming its worth by going to Whitesboro and winning 40-24 behind Marty Clanton's two TD passes and two TD runs. Watertown joins J-D as the lone unbeaten side in Class A after the Cyclones beat Oswego 19-6.
Payback belongs to Cazenovia, who by beating Oneida 19-0 atoned for that bitter playoff defeat to the Indians one season ago. Now the Lakers are in control of B East, but B West will likely get settled when 3-0 Homer goes to 3-0 Chittenango on Friday. Both were impressive on Friday - the Trojans dropping 57 points on Solvay, the Bears getting away from Marcellus.
It's already the halfway point in the Class C regular season. Skaneateles, ruling the West division, handled Hannibal to go to 3-0, but Tully is also at that mark after its win over Jordan-Elbridge, the Black Knights ready to host Bishop Ludden, who handled Institute of Technology Central.
Other division leaders continued to roll, too, whether it was C East pace-setter Herkimer riding Austin Mills' three touchdowns past Frankfort-Schuyler 41-6 or C North front-runner General Brown producing more stellar defense in a 34-0 shutout of Lowville.
Look beyond the usual contenders in Class D, and you'll find Sandy Creek. The Comets made it three in a row in a 39-8 dusting of South Lewis, sending the signal to Westmoreland that the D Central division is in play. That may not be the case in the West, where Weedsport keeps rolling (52-14 over Pulaski the latest) by getting about 400 rushing yards a game.
Every year, like clockwork, there's one Friday where it rains a lot. We just had it, and it's two if you count last Saturday's windy, stormy adventures. Maybe by next Friday, it will get calm - perhaps less fun, but certainly drier.