Long ago, the Skaneateles football team had established its superiority over the rest of the Class C West division crowd.
Now all that remained for the Lakers to complete a 4-0 run against league foes was topping winless Phoenix Friday night at Hyatt Stadium, and that didn’t prove too taxing as Skaneateles netted 40 points in the first quarter and topped the Firebird 49-14.
Knowing that Phoenix was an overmatched foe, the state Class C no. 10-ranked Lakers resolved to get its important work done early. From near midfield, Pat Hackler put Skaneateles on the board with a 46-yard scoring pass to Tommy Scherrer.
Seconds later, the Skaneateles defense earned points thanks to Nick Wamp’s 45-yard interception return to the end zone. Another Lakers possession led to another TD as Hackler threw 18 yards to Nate Wellington for it.
And that was just half the scoring line in the first quarter. By the time it was done, Hackler had tacked on a third TD pass, 28 yards to Cross Bianchi, and had run 19 yards for another score as Wellington capped off the surge with his 14-yard scoring run.
A second-quarter Lakers TD made it 47-0 by halftime, and Skaneateles pulled its starters, content to go the entire second half without a point and allowing Phoenix to find the end zone twice, its first points of the entire season.
Before making its sectional playoff run, Skaneateles will visit, next Friday night, a side it used to face every year when it played in Class B West. Homer, like the Lakers, is 6-0, while sitting at no. 3 in the state Class B rankings, and both the Lakers and Trojans would look to gain something from this non-league showdown.