F-M squeaks by Central Square in Quarterfinals

Central Square may have held a 2-5 record coming into tonight's quarterfinal win-or-go-home at Fayetteville-Manlius (7-0), but they certainly didn't show it. Striking first just three plays into the game, John Vincentini put the Red Hawks on the board with a 34-yard touchdown run. F-M took the lead back in the second half and despite keeping the Hornets within a seven point reach and creating a bit of chaos in the fourth, Central Square fell short 28-21. Senior Jake Pulver had a banner night for the Hornets in his final game on the F-M field, running for 116 yards and three touchdowns. Jake Wittig had 86 yards on the ground, including a 20-yard touchdown run, but threw an untimely interception in the fourth quarter that nearly allowed the Red Hawks back into it with just over three minutes left to play. Central Square couldn't take advantage of that change of possession but was able to stop the Hornets on a crucial fourth down with just over 90 seconds on the clock. In an attempt at a big move down field, however, Domenic Godici was intercepted by F-M's Jack Wilson, which iced things for the Hornets. The Hornets struggled to stop running back Josh Smith and the Central Square offense through much of the second half, but were able to do just enough to stay in front of the Red Hawks. Smith had 147 yards and a touchdown, Vincentini scored twice and ran for 102 yards. F-M will play the winner of Saturday's match up between Baldwinsville and Henninger next Friday at a neutral location in the Section III AA Semifinals.
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