CHITTENANGO, N.Y. (WKTV) - After two impressive wins, Skaneateles and Herkimer are headed for a showdown at the Carrier Dome in the Section III Class C final, unless a court ruling disqualifies the Lakers.
News hit Friday about Section III suspending Skaneateles because of alleged ineligible players on their team. But a court injuction late in the day allowed them to at least play Notre Dame/Rome Catholic in the semifinals Saturday.
The Lakers and Jugglers had a shootout for most of their semifinal game, with Skaneateles pulling away for good in the fourth quarter. QB Troy Green threw for 412 yards and five touchdowns, while also running for two more. Koree Reed caught 13 passes for 204 yards and three scores in the 46-27 win.
Colin Hulser, ND's career touchdowns leader, was kept out of the end zone, though he did rush ten times for 82 yards. QB Colin Pastorella threw for 107 yards, while also running for 118 yards and three scores.
Herkimer was once again led by Sean Crandall, who threw for 189 yards, rushed for 186 more and had six total touchdowns in the Magicians 43-14 semifinal win over Tully.
Crandall got his team going within the first minute, throwing a short pass to Bryan McGuire that resulted in a 51 yard touchdown. Just three minutes later, Crandall called his own number, rushing for a 56 yard score that put Herkimer up 12-0.
The Magicians rolled from there, taking an 18-6 lead after one quarter and never leading by less than ten points the rest of the way.
a ruling on Skaneateles' status for the section final is expected on Tuesday. If they're allowed to play, the matchup with Herkimer will be Saturday morning at 11 from the Carrier Dome.
Lakers head coach Tim Green, a former player for bothe Syracuse Orange and Atlanta Falcons, summed up his emotions of the entire weekend ordeal his team has gone through after the win over the Juggler.
"The beauty of living in America, if injustice is out there, you can go to a court of law where there's an impartial judge who listens to the facts, who applies the law and gave us a restraining order so that we could play. And I'll tell you this, whatever we have to do from here on in, we're going to do. I'm not going to talk about the legal remedies, but I promise I will do everything in my power to make sure that these kids continue to get the opportunities to play, because they deserve it, our coaching staff deserve it and our community deserves it."