Skaneateles 49, Sherburne-Earlville 22
SKANEATELES – The quickest path from point A to point B is by air, and Skaneateles proved that Friday night against the ground-oriented Marauders.
Ranked among the top teams in state, the Lakers threw for 368 yards and six TD passes in rolling past the Marauders in the first round of the Section III Class C playoffs.
Conor Herr tossed five TD passes on 24 of 33 attempts finishing with 298 yards. Later in the game, backup signal-caller Tyler Parr completed a 70-yard TD pass, that one coming after the S-E defensive back fell down in deep coverage. “Their quarterback reads plays well and he doesn’t make mistakes,” said S-E fourth-year coach Mike Jasper. “If it’s not there, he runs it or gets the ball out of there.”
S-E (4-3) was not without its moments running for 344 yards. Still, early opportunities to score slipped away, and the host Lakers cashed in on just about every scoring chance. “We didn’t close the deal,” Jasper said. “You can’t leave points out there, especially with their offense. They lit it up throwing the ball for sure.”
Herr threw TD passes to Max Dwyer, Max Weiss, and Steven Bright in the first half, and Weiss added a TD run for the 28-0 halftime lead. The margin swelled to 42-0 in the third after Herr connected with all-state receiver Jake Cooney on a pair of scoring tosses.
S-E running back Devven Ferris had his best day as a Marauders back finishing with 226 yards on 20 carries. Ferris, returning to the field after a one-week absence, had TD runs of two and 55 yards in the fourth, and backup Cameron Whaley added a one-yard TD run late in the game.
“We certainly moved the ball decently,” Jasper said. “It was just a tough draw for us, and we knew that coming in. This is something we have to grow and learn from. We got a taste of the playoff atmosphere, and we want to compete in these games. It shouldn’t matter who we play.”
The Marauders’ opponent next week was not known at press time, although Jasper speculated that Section III will attempt to pair first-round playoff losers against one another based on their proximity.
Score by quarters
S-E 0 0 0 22–22
Skan. 14 14 7 14–49
S: Conor Herr 15 pass to Max Dwyer (Colin Alexander kick)
S: Max Weiss 3 run (Alexander kick)
S: Herr 13 pass to Weiss (Alexander kick)
S: Herr 18 pass to Steven Bright (Alexander kick)
S: Herr 14 pass to Jake Cooney (Alexander kick)
S: Herr 28 pass to cooney (alexander kick)
SE: Devven Ferris 2 run (Matt Smith pass to Felix Rodriguez)
S: Tyler Parr 70 pass to Conor Hill (Alexander kick)