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The Blackwell Blog

Going back home

We don't exactly know which football teams will be trekking to the Carrier Dome come the first weekend of November. But some of the possible match-ups are exciting to consider.

Dolgeville against Westmoreland in Class D? Well, if they play one as good as the first meeting, that would be welcome. Perhaps reclaiming the hold it had on these ranks for so long, the Blue Devils, winner of more Section III titles than any other football program, won 20-18. Remember, though, that the Bulldogs did not have an injured Zack Green.

So it might be different if there's a second time around. Besides, someone else might interrupt, like Weedsport, or perhaps West Canada, who moved to 4-0 by fighting off Sauquoit Valley 14-7 and still has Dolgeville ahead. Also, take a look at Sandy Creek, who will take aim at Westmoreland next week after it handed Port Byron its first defeat in a 41-0 manner.

The pecking order in B West is set, too, after Oneida rallied past its main rival, VVS, 27-17, bouncing back from the shutout it took against Cazenovia a week ago by having Dylan Cafalone score on four short touchdown runs.

Caz didn't play within the league on Saturday - but it was still a memorable day. Hours after the entire team attended the funeral of assistant coach Jay Steinhorst's stepson, who passed away last week, the Lakers used a series of big plays in the second half to get away from Cortland - all while Steinhorst watched from the press box. He said he had to be with his other family, too, because it would help the healing process.

It was, of course, another busy Saturday for the cross country runners. They held the Baldwinsville Invitational for the 61st time, and the host Bees, led by Alec Peinkofer, won the boys Large School event, with Liverpool pulling out the girls Large School meet.

In the Small School division at B'ville, Hannibal's boys and Tully's girls went to the top spots, but again Marcellus' Ryan Manahan and Fabius-Pompey's Erin McConnell won the races and posted the fastest times of the whole day, just as they did at the VVS Invitational a week earlier.

Some teams went to other places - like C-NS, who dominated the New Hartford Invitational, and the Skaneateles girls, who ventured to the Buffalo area and won the East Aurora Invitational , cementing its state no. 2 Class C ranking.

Plenty happened in soccer, too - and in entries during the week, we'll look at the Beautiful Game at the midway point of the regular season, where very little definition is available at this point.

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