Jake Wilson breaks a tackle as he works the ball up the field during the Oct. 20 match against the Westhill Warriors at Buckley-Volo Field in Cazenovia. Wilson finished with two touchdowns, gaining 127 yards on 16 carries.
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Cazenovia Penalties, turnovers, touchdowns called back for flags, missed assignments, more markers — there was enough for the Cazenovia football team to be mad about in Saturday's Section III Class B opening-round playoff game against Westhill at Buckley-Volo Field.
And it did not matter one bit, as the Lakers dismissed the Warriors 48-6 behind the usual mix of big plays on the offensive side and consistent, physical domination on the defensive side.
This was a Westhill side that came into the playoffs at 2-5, far removed from its heyday late in the last decade, when it ruled the Class B West division and reached the sectional final four years in a row, winning it all in 2009.
Wasting little time, the Lakers were on the board less than 90 seconds into the game, even though it kicked off and the Warriors went through a full set of downs.
Ryan Cook, in the first of many big plays he would make on this day, returned a Warrior punt 30 yards to Westhill's 15-yard line, and Jake Wilson found the end zone on the next play, putting his team in front 7-0.
That margin doubled to 14-0 late in the first quarter. Facing a fourth-down-and-three at the Westhill 36, Kevin Hopsicker gave an option pitch to Andrew Vogl, who ran right, picked up the first down, and then cut back to the left, sprinting past the defenders to the goal line for the first of his two TD's.
Briefly, Westhill rose up, cutting it to 14-6 early in the second quarter as Reed Derrenbacker's 34-yard pass to Dan Gratien set up a four-yard scoring pass from Derrenbacker to Chris Brusa.
But a botched squib kick got returned by Carter Franz deep into Warrior territory, and with the short field Cazenovia scored less than two minutes later, Vogl finding the end zone from six yards out.