Skaneateles football get second straight shutout – eagle news online
NEW YORK CENTER – Past reputation is a big factor when the state’s initial rankings in any high school sport are released, and football is no exception.
Skaneateles, with its recent history which includes a Class C title from the state in 2017, has received a lot of attention as a no. 2nd team in the state’s first poll after their 50-0 season opener loss to Clinton.
Then, after Westmoreland / Oriskany moved to the independent division, the Lakers won a game last Saturday against Onondaga and, with their second straight shutout, strangled the Tigers 54-0.
Grayson Brunelle’s 61-yard touchdown run in the opening minutes set the tone, Skaneateles scoring twice more in the opening period as James Musso threw a 49-yard pass to Cody Nesbitt and Brunelle regained the 14-yard end zone.
Musso added a six-yard touchdown rush and a 45-yard pass to Cooper Purdy, and Burnelle converted for the third time on a six-yard rush, which made it 41-0 at halftime. . Torin Bennett scored twice in the second half on short runs.
Throwing just 12 passes, Musso completed eight for 271 yards, averaging nearly 34 yards per achievement. Patrick Herr’s pair of catches totaled 102 yards as Brunelle gained 117 yards in just five carries.
At least Skaneateles got to play. West Genesee was sidelined for the second week in a row, unable to face Carthage, as expected, after their Sept. 10 home opener against Indian River was suspended.
During this time, Marcellus met Oneida in a rematch of their classic Class B semi-final in 2019. Again it turned out to be tight, but again the Mustangs were on the wrong side, losing 26-20 to the Indians.
Bishop Ludden and Solvay clashed and the Gaelic Knights went 2-0 this season, keeping the Bearcats winless by scoring all their points in the first half of a 30-7 win over the Bearcats.
Two goals scored in the first quarter gave Ludden a 16-0 lead as Eric Phillips amassed 10 yards for a touchdown and Nazier Kinsey two yards for the other while throwing two-point passes to Evan Cervantes and Steve Tussing.
Phillips made an even bigger play by rushing for 73 yards into the end zone in the second period, and Kinsey threw a nine-yard pass to Tussing that made it 30-0 before the break.
Much like in his first game of the season on September 10 against Cazenovia, Solvay was shut out until the fourth quarter, when Jaylin Bliss scored from two yards.
Back on Thursday evening, Jordan-Elbridge put a 1-1 record on the line against Mexico, who had gone from Class B to Independent, but the Tigers still had more than enough to beat the Eagles 42-14.
Most of the damage was done in the second quarter when JE, down 6-0, gave up 28 unanswered points. The Eagles’ two touchdowns came in the fourth quarter.
Westhill, also 1-1 in a Sept. 11 loss to Camden, went to Chittenango and amassed plenty of points, only to give in more in a 45-26 loss to the Bears.
Twice in the first quarter, Reggie Welch scored on short runs, helping the Warriors take a 14-8 lead, and a defensive touchdown in the second period gave Westhill a bigger cushion.
By halftime, however, Chittenango had zoomed in, 22-20, with Aiden Cavotta throwing a 50-yard touchdown pass to Hunter Taylor and going eight yards for another score.
Geoff Daniul’s six-yard run in the third quarter put Westhill back in the lead as he had 92 yards on nine carries, but it was short.
The Bears had three goals scored and moved away late as Cavotta ran for 27 yards for a touchdown, Martez Webb and Quentin Mohamed also finding the end zone late. Cavotta scored 15 in 27 for 186 yards in the air and ran for 111 yards on 17 carries.