Liverpool, C-NS football power to season-opening wins

first_imgEarlier in the evening and a few miles down the road at Alibrandi Stadium, it was C-NS making an impressive 2019 debut by earning a 21-0 shutout over Christian Brothers Academy.What was so striking about Liverpool’s effort against F-M was the way all phases of the game worked out following a rough start that included seeing Brayden McClain’s 85-yard punt return for a touchdown in the first quarter called back for an illegal block.With the game still 0-0 in the second period, McClain’s 22-yard punt return set up the Warriors’ first scoring drive. Key runs by Dakari Mack and Bryce Mills set up Mills to find the end zone from two yards out. Tags: C-NSfootballliverpool Having reigned in Section III Class AA football for the last two years, Cicero-North Syracuse is quite aware of the target it presents to all of its rivals – one in particular.Liverpool wants nothing more than to upend the Northstars somewhere in 2019, and will get a chance to do so next Friday night at Bragman Stadium with the “Star Wars Cup” on the line.First, though, the Warriors had to go to the Dome and withstand a serious challenge from Fayetteville-Manilus in Friday night’s Kickoff Classic. Liverpool did so by taking over in the second half on both sides of the ball to defeat the Hornets 21-7. Liverpool’s lead did not hold up until halftime. F-M countered with a mix of runs and passes, the key a fourth-down 17-yard connection from Zak Conley to Jordan Leuze. The pair combined again for a four-yard TD pass less than a minute before intermission.So it was 7-7, but only until the first drive of the second half, when the Warriors started to take over with a 62-yard scoring drive, all on the ground.Behind the blocks of linemen Jake Ronan, Ryan Saffiotti, Nick Reed, Nick Hall and Nate Graser, the Warriors used four different backs, including quarterback Brendan Mancuso, who scrambled 17 yards deep into F-M territory before Mack went one yard for the go-ahead TD.Even more important was what happened in the last minute of the period. F-M, down 14-7, had driven inside the Warriors’ five-yard line, only to have the defense sack Conley on third down and, on fourth-and-goal, see Max Michalak intercept a pass at the goal line and return it 59 yards.More of the Warriors’ ground game followed, and from the Hornets’ six Mancuso rolled out and found the end zone with 8:34 left. Not content with that, Liverpool forced three more turnovers in the closing minutes, including interceptions by Mills and Christian Matthew.Combine all this with special teams that included three successful extra points by Jacob Graser and a series of high punts from Jalen Graham, and Liverpool has a winning formula that just might turn around its recent woes against its neighbors from C-NS.Still, the Northstars seem as formidable as ever, as it showed to a CBA side trying to bounce back this fall after winning just one game in the 2018 season.From start to finish, the C-NS defense smothered the Brothers, keeping things from getting close with a crucial stop inside its own 10-yard line in the last minute of the first half. This gave the offense ample time to find its rhythm with new starters at most of the skill positions.J.J. Razmovski, who is the first player other than Conner Hayes to go under center for C-NS since 2015, threw three touchdown passes – strikes of eight and 40 yards to Matt Wentling-Raymie after a first-quarter 39-yard scoring strike to Adron Pafford. Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story last_img read more

Syracuse dominates draw circle in victory over Stony Brook

first_imgKailah Kempney has an explanation for why Syracuse dominated the draw circle on Sunday.She just won’t say it.“Um, we just — it’s a secret,” Kempney said, giggling.Kempney chose to let her play speak for itself. Along with Kirkland Locey in the draw circle and a team of players on the wing, Syracuse combined to control 14-of-19 draws in second-seeded Syracuse’s (19-2, 6-1 Atlantic Coast) 13-6 win over Stony Brook (17-4, 4-1 America East) at SU Soccer Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The victory puts the Orange in the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament.“If you look at the draw control count and the score of the game, they’re pretty even,” Kempney said. “Draws are important. You can’t score without the ball.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textKempney set the tone early, popping the first draw high in the air to the left of the circle. She raced over as it fell in her stick. It led to SU’s first goal, as it would for its first five.By the time Michelle Rubino controlled SBU’s first draw, the score was 5-1. After the score was 7-1, Rubino took over in the circle for Dorrien Van Dyke, as SBU head coach Joe Spallina tried desperately to get something going.“We always say, ‘Win the draw, win the game,’” SU attack Alyssa Murray said. “And Kailah always does her best to put us in a position to win the game, and get all the draws.“We owe a lot to her for the win.”The wings contributed greatly to the SU victory. Kempney only controlled two, but she set her teammates up to grab the ball. Ten players picked up at least one draw.She said it’s a result of communication.“We’ve been working on it a lot,” Kempney said. “We just communicated a lot before and after each draw.”And while it may be a mystery as to how she leads the draw circle, her stats tell the whole story. Comments Published on May 11, 2014 at 6:57 pm Contact Sam: [email protected] | @SamBlum3 Related Stories Murray scores 4 straight goals to start game, powers Syracuse past Stony Brook into NCAA quarterfinalsSyracuse defense stifles Stony Brook, helps Orange win turnover battlecenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more