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Tully passing attack, Jon Warner, too much for LaFayette

Varsity vs Lafayette HS on 9/28/2013 1:00:00 PM
Posted Sunday, September 29, 2013 by http://highschoolsports.syracuse.com/news/article/3211301751143041085/tully-passing-attack-jon-warne

Tully running back Jon Warner lost 10 yards on his first two carries today in a game at LaFayette.

But the senior spent most of the rest of his afternoon going forward.

Warner ran for 109 yards and three touchdowns, had a 38-yard catch and run for a fourth, set up another score with an interception and returned a punt 35 yards as the Black Knights cruised past the Lancers, 50-22.

Sophomore quarterback Nick Edinger completed 12 of 22 passes for 222 yards and three touchdowns as Tully scored 28 unanswered points in the second and third quarters to improve its record to 3-1, 2-0 in the Class D West. The Lancers drop to 2-2.

Tully's John Mondo runs after a catch in today's 50-22 win at LaFayette. Mondo, a sophomore, caught four passes for 74 yards and a pair of touchdowns. (Brett Carlsen | bcarlsen@syracuse.com)

"It was a hard-fought game," Warner said of the rivalry that's been rekindled by Tully's return to the Class D ranks.

"We've been looking forward to this game for a while," said Warner, who was everywhere on both sides of the ball for the Knights.

The Lancers came out determined to slow down Warner, one of the leading rushers in Class D.

LaFayette crowded the line of scrimmage and keyed on the 6-foot, 170-pound running back.

"They definitely punched us in the face early and took it to us physically," Tully coach Brad Keysor said. "But the one thing we've known is we're going to be one of the more athletic teams with speed. So we just widened the field, stretched them vertically and made them play us on the vertical part of the game."

 

Enter Edinger, who showed great poise, and a nice throwing touch, for a sophomore.

Keysor and his assistants had no problem going to the air, and Edinger responded by finding a number of different receivers - including junior R.J. Herrick, who had two receptions for 64 yards on Tully's first drive which resulted in a Warner touchdown.

"He's really good," Herrick said. "The potential he has is amazing. It's great having someone who can throw it out there and I can run underneath it. He takes charge out there, which is leadership we need."

Keysor said Edinger has had two big games in a row.

"He's had two really good weeks. He ran the offense, he checked us out of plays, he's really grasping it. So we've got a lot of future there. I'm very happy to see him playing as well as he is," Keysor said.

Sophomore John Mondo caught four passes from Edinger for 74 yards and two touchdowns. He was one of six receivers who caught balls from Edinger.

"Tully played a great game," LaFayette coach Karl Seemann said. "They made adjustments for what we were doing defensively. I thought we did a great job against the run."

After the Knights took a 13-0 lead on scoring runs by Warner, LaFayette came back with a 65-yard drive engineered by senior quarterback Greg Kreinheder, whose 9-yard pass to Elliot Mueller made it 13-6.

But the Lancers offense failed to score again until late in the third quarter, when Mueller's 1-yard plunge and Kreinheder's two-point conversion stopped a four-touchdown run by the Knights. By then it was 41-14 Tully.

"Offensively, we need to eliminate some of our mistakes - some mental execution things. And just catch the ball, and make more accurate passes," Seemann said. "If we do that, I feel like we're a lot more in the game in the first half. And then it rolls into the second half and we've got a little momentum going."

As it was, the momentum was all with Tully, which added a fourth-quarter touchdown and got a 34-yard field goal from kicker Danny Goodbread with 2 minutes left in the fourth quarter to hit the 50-point mark.

Keysor said the field goal wasn't to run it in, but the Knights need to work on such things in game conditions. Keysor said he spoke with Seemann after the game and explained.

"He knows we were just working on things to prep for later on in the season," the coach said.

Tully will play in another big game next week when the Knights travel to Weedsport on Friday to face the 4-0 Warriors in a key D West matchup.

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