Even after defeating Chittenango to win a Class B Section III title, the Cazenovia Lakers football team says they still have a bad taste in their mouth after a state quarterfinal loss to Maine-Endwell.
Regardless, it was still a successful season for the Lakers, who continue to compete in Class B for the section title on a yearly basis. Gone from last year's team are Joe Colligan, Nick Bobbett and Ryan Cook, who were key pieces to their section title. But the squad returns skill players like quarterback Kevin Hopsicker, linebacker Mike Nourse and running back Andrew Vogl.
The Lakers saw what took to be successful by losing to a buzzsaw like Maine-Endwell, and say one of their goals is to get back to the Carrier Dome, and continue their run into the state playoffs.
"We want to get back to the Dome," Cody Westfall, a senior offensive and defensive lineman, says. "All of us love the Dome, and last year in sectionals we got a taste of it, and we'd love to push farther."
As for Hopsicker, in his second full season as the Lakers starter at Quarterback, he has more than just Laker Pride to play for. He says he has a friendly competition with his older brother, who played QB for the Lakers back in 2010. Cazenovia won a Section III title in 2010 as well.
"He's at Hamilton College now so, we kind of have a rivalry going," Kevin Hopsicker says. "I say I'm going to break all of his records, he says I can't. It should be interesting this year, hopefully I can get it done."