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Skaneateles beats Ludden, takes C-1 football crown

Lakers head to Dome for sectional final against Herkimer

Skaneateles quarterback Conor Herr (10) uses a stiff arm to fend off the charge of Bishop Ludden's Antoine Montgomery in Saturday night's Class C-1 final. Herr threw for three touchdowns and ran for two others as the Lakers beat the Gaelic Knights 38-19.

Skaneateles quarterback Conor Herr (10) uses a stiff arm to fend off the charge of Bishop Ludden's Antoine Montgomery in Saturday night's Class C-1 final. Herr threw for three touchdowns and ran for two others as the Lakers beat the Gaelic Knights 38-19. Scott Schild

— No courtrooms and no controversy this time around - the Skaneateles football team is really going to the Carrier Dome as the newly-crowned Section III Class C-1 champions.

With a diverse attack that continued to produce big plays every time it needed to, the Lakers defeated Bishop Ludden, 38-19, in Saturday night's C-1 title game at Marcellus High School.

If anything, the game spotlighted just how strong the Lakers' ground game has become. Max Weiss had, perhaps the best game of his varsity career, amassing 212 yards on 34 carries, an average of better than six yards per carry, while quarterback Conor Herr gained 111 yards on 25 carries.

“It was a more ground oriented game plan," said head coach Joe Sindoni. "The kids did what we asked them to do.

"We just saw something where we thought we could run the football (and) establish the tempo early in the second half. and hopefully tire them out. We knew they were going to play two safeties and try to stop the pass, and we took what they gave us.”

Going in, Skaneateles knew how tough the Gaelic Knights could be, having required a second-half comeback to defeat Ludden 31-24 in the Aug. 31 season opener.

Since then, the Gaelic Knights had won seven in a row, including playoff wins over Altmar-Parish-Williamstown and Canastota, leading to this title game rematch which exploded with big plays late in the first quarter.

It started with Herr throwing a 25-yard pass to Steven Bright on fourth down to set up his own one-yard scoring plunge. Less than a minute later, Ludden pulled even, 7-7, with one of its trademark big plays as quarterback Zach Harding threw a 51-yard scoring pass to Antoine Montgomery.

But it took less than two minutes for Skaneateles to regain the lead for keeps, using a series of long runs by Weiss to set up Herr's second TD pass, a 31-yard strike to Connor Hill in the corner of the end zone.

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