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Lakers pound General Brown in C-1 semis

Battle of unbeaten teams turns in 21-point second quarter

Skaneateles quarterback Conor Herr (10) fights his way out of the grasp of General Brown's Peter Will (11) in Saturday's Class C-1 semifinal. Herr threw for 215 yards and three touchdowns, ran for a score and returned an interception for another TD in the Lakers' 49-14 victory over the Lions.

Skaneateles quarterback Conor Herr (10) fights his way out of the grasp of General Brown's Peter Will (11) in Saturday's Class C-1 semifinal. Herr threw for 215 yards and three touchdowns, ran for a score and returned an interception for another TD in the Lakers' 49-14 victory over the Lions. Scott Schild

— Make that eight wins in a row for the Skaneateles football team, though few of those wins were as impressive as the latest one.

The Lakers completely outclassed General Brown, 49-14, Saturday afternoon in the Class C-1 semifinals at Chittenango High School.

“We played well,” Skaneateles coach Joe Sindoni said. “General Brown’s a good team.”

The unbeaten Lakers (8-0) will play for the C-1 title at Marcellus High School Saturday night at 7 p.m. against Bishop Ludden. Skaneateles defeated the Gaelic Knights, 31-24, on Aug. 31.

To get there, the Lakers displayed devastating form against previously unbeaten General Brown, who entered the game also at 7-0 and, at one point this season, shut out five straight opponents.

“Skaneateles is a very good team, obviously the best team that we faced this year,” Lions coach Tom Frears said. “They’ve maybe got a good run to go to the state championship. Their offensive line did a nice job of controlling us. And they have outstanding skill people.”

Skaneateles scored 21 unanswered second half points to take a 28-7 halftime lead. The Lakers out-gained General Brown, 236-150, over the opening 24 minutes.

Jake Cooney scored the winner’s first touchdown, a 19 yard pass from Conor Herr. After the Lions pulled even, Skaneateles took the lead for good midway through the second quarter. Again it was Herr throwing to Cooney, a 35 yard pitch-and-catch.

Then it became the Connor Hill show.

Hill first intercepted a pass on the Lakers 45 to interrupt a Lions drive. Three plays later, he caught a 21 yard touchdown pass from Herr. And after a Cooney interception, Hill took a reverse handoff and ran 14 yards to give the Lakers their 21-point halftime cushion.

Sindoni’s halftime speech urged caution. “We’ve watched (General Brown) come back enough that we weren’t really comfortable with any lead,” he said.

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