C-NS roars en route to huge second half, drops Elmira to advance to State Semifinals

Cicero-North Syracuse's Jaiquawn McGriff celebrates his fifth touchdown of the night with teammate Jeremiah Willis on Saturday night.

It's no secret: Cicero-North Syracuse is the team to beat.

The Northstars have cruised past each and every one of their opponents in 2018 -- just like they did in 2017.

However, this time around, C-NS seemed to have met its match in the regional championship game.

The Elmira Express arrived in Cicero ready to play -- a team out of Section IV that had only lost once all season.

After a 20-20 tie at the half, C-NS exited the locker room with its game face on.

The Northstars proceeded to score three straight touchdowns, all courtesy of Jaiquawn McGriff, who ended up with five total on the night.

Meanwhile, the C-NS defense shut out the Express en route to the 42-20 win.

"It was our mindset," McGriff answered. "We felt like we could've done better. We started off really slow, so we decided to come out of the second half and show them what C-NS football is really about, and how physical we can get to match their physicality."

"Elmira started to get tired," C-NS senior linebacker Josh Lawrence said. "Our guys kept pushing and pushing. We work real hard in the off-season and we got it done."

C-NS will now shift its attention to Section V champion, Rochester Aquinas, who the Northstars will meet in the New York State, Class AA Semifinals next weekend from Union-Endicott high school.

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