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Teamwork, Brotherhood, and Lasting Memories of F-M Football

This article is also available on The Positivity Project’s website.

In football, if one guy isn’t all in, nobody succeeds. Every other guy may be fulfilling their role, but it doesn’t matter. Whether you are the star quarterback or on the sideline, farthest from midfield, you have a responsibility to your team and owe it respect. read more

Extra Points are Important … John Egnaczyk just Proved it

Kickers may be the type of players who get none of the credit when they win a game for their team and all of the blame when things don’t go as planned, but they have an extremely underrated job, no matter how you look at it.

They don’t typically see their names on the front page of the local newspaper, or get an applause when they kick the ball through the uprights. They just get on the field, do what they do, and jog to the sideline. read more

For F-M’s Running game, it was Different Faces, but Similar Results in 2017

Late in the 2016 season, when Eric Coley suffered a hand injury that required season-ending surgery, Fayetteville-Manlius called up Mitchell “Seabiscuit” Seabury and Zack Page for the playoffs. 

Though the Hornets ended up losing to Baldwinsville in the sectional quarterfinal and finished with a sub-.500 record, the end of the season was as productive as the beginning of it because of that emergence of these two speedsters. read more

Hornets Focus on Task at hand, beat Proctor to end Season

Determination worked as the driving force when the Fayetteville-Manlius football team took the field for one last time on Wednesday night against Utica Proctor and led to a 31-13 victory to finish the season on a positive note.

The Hornets (5-4, 4-2) made sure that this one was out of Proctor’s (4-5, 3-2) reach early on and didn’t plan on using the fact that the contest wasn’t for any kind of playoff placement or anything of that nature as an excuse to switch to cruise control. read more

Hornets fall to Baldwinsville, get Knocked out of the Playoffs

Midway through the fourth quarter in its 24-17 road loss to Baldwinsville that knocked it out of the playoffs, the Fayetteville-Manlius football team was driving and looking like it was going to tie the game up.

But, as the officials saw it, F-M’s fourth down gameplan just wasn’t good enough to plow through Baldwinsville’s defensive line and claim the first down. At first, the official closest to the first down marker set the ball beyond the invisible line and indicated that it was a first down, but his fellow official disagreed and moved the ball back, taking away the first down and giving Baldwinsville (7-1, 4-1) possession. read more

F-M Uses Rome win as Confidence Booster Heading into Baldwinsville, Postseason

In the last meeting that counted, the Fayetteville-Manlius football team hung its heads on Baldwinsville’s turf as its season came to an end.

That was then. This is now. And Friday night should be ashowdown that sticks in our brains for a while. It’s F-M (4-3, 4-2). It’s Baldwinsville (6-1, 4-1). And it’s high school football at its finest — there’s two powerhouses that are tough to stop. read more

F-M Locks down on Defense, runs away from RFA

Three first half takeaways and a potent running game led the Fayetteville-Manlius football team to a much-needed victory over Rome Free Academy.

The 57-7 win featured the things that F-M (4-3, 4-2) planned to incorporate into its regular season finale. Great offense. Those turnovers and a defensive performance that tops any other one that it has had in the past. And teamwork that will be needed to go far in the playoffs like it plans to. read more

F-M Looks to Finish Regular Season Strong, Prepares for Playoffs vs RFA

For Fayetteville-Manlius football, an away victory over Rome Free Academy this week would be huge. It would support it as it hunts for the three seed in the playoffs. It would rejuvenate the team and energize it for a run at a sectional championship. And then it would raise its confidence level, which has been manipulated over the past few weeks. read more

F-M’s Homecoming Night gets Spoiled by Turnovers, Central Square

Disappointment is the one word that describes the mood of the Fayetteville-Manlius football team when it knelt in front of head coach Paul Muench after the 32-10 loss to Central Square.

And it was self-inflicted wounds that kept the Hornets (3-3, 3-2) from being the team that they have been throughout the season. They had three turnovers and just struggled to get Central Square (5-1, 5-1) off their backs. read more