F-M takes down Baldwinsville in homecoming barn burner

Quarterbacks will tell you that they don't actually play against other quarterbacks. But that wasn't the case when Baldwinsville (2-0) and Fayetteville-Manlius (2-0) met up for an F-M homecoming barn burner. Hornets quarterback Jake Wittig has shown what he can do for his offense already this season, but tonight the junior showed Baldwinsville the kind of threat he can be on the other side of ball as well in the Hornets' 49-37 win over the Bees. Baldwinsville, who'd thrown sparingly in their first two games of the season, threw for 355 yards and two touchdowns tonight against the Hornets. Fighting to create separation and frustrated with his squad's inability to handle the Bees in the air, F-M head coach Damien Rhodes sent Wittig in on defense to help out on pass coverage in the fourth quarter. With a little over three minutes left on the clock, B-ville looked primed to do what it had done all night: march down the field care of a long reception to pull themselves within one possession. This time, however, when Baldwinsville's Gage Blasi went for his strike to the corner of the end zone he was intercepted by none other than Wittig. The interception sealed the game, allowing F-M to run the clock out to a perfect 3-0 start to the season. The crucial pick came on the heels of Wittig's 229-yard, four touchdown performance. Seniors Luke Krizman and Jack Wilson accounted for 208 yards and three of those scores. Krizman also scored on the opening kickoff with a 90-yard return for touchdown. A stout performance from the Hornets defense against the run held B-ville's Ricky Sparks to 51 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries. F-M (3-0) will travel to Liverpool (2-1) next Friday while Balwinsville (2-1) heads home to host Rome Free Academy (2-1).