FM Hornets roll Schenectady

Jake Wittig dominated in the air, on the ground and kicked seven extra points in Fayetteville-Manlius' lopsided 55-20 victory over Schenectady Friday night in the Carrier Dome. Wittig, who spent most of last season at defensive back, sparkled in his quarterback debut. The junior captain completed 11 of 17 attempts for 255 yards and three touchdowns. He also showed tremendous speed and agility against the Patriots defense, taking three carries himself for 23 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He also went 7 of 8 in point after attempts, accounting for 37 total points on the night. "Jake is Jake. He's a big time player," said head coach Damien Rhodes. "It doesn't matter the spotlight. The bigger the stage, the better he plays." The win also marked another monumental debut in the Dome for Rhodes as FM's head coach. Rhodes ran for 242 yards and four touchdowns at the Dome as an FM running back in 2001. As a freshman at Syracuse, Rhodes went 63 yards on 13 carries in that Dome debut. And while he assures that the three are too different to compare, Rhodes' third Carrier Dome debut will undoubtedly carry a special weight. "This time was definitely special, without a doubt," said Rhodes after the final whistle. "To be the head coach of my old high school team in my old stadium is definitely special and I'm going to have to go back to the tape just to be able to take it all in." The season kickoff was a banner night for several Hornets. Sophomore running back Zaire Ashley had 121 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries. Luke Krizman took his nine receptions for 200 yards and two touchdowns. Jeff Martin and Jack Wilson each came up with interceptions on the defensive end.
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