SYRACUSE — The Skaneateles football team is the state Class C champion.
The Lakers fought off Section II’s Holy Trinity 28-25 Friday at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse to capture the NYSPHSAA Class C title. It’s Skaneateles' first state title in football in school history.
Quarterback Patrick Hackler, who broke the New York state record for touchdown passes in a season, tacked on three more in the victory to finish with 53 on the season. Nick Wamp hauled in two touchdown receptions and running back Areh Boni ran for 176 yards.
Skaneateles led 14-12 at halftime and scored two touchdowns in the third quarter to go ahead by 14. Holy Trinity scored twice in the fourth, including a late touchdown with under a minute remaining to cut the Lakers’ lead to three, but Skaneateles recovered an onside-kick attempt to seal the win.
The win gives Skaneateles High School three state championships over the last calendar year — the girls ice hockey team won the state title during the winter season while girls lacrosse was crowned state champion in the spring.
The Lakers finish the season 12-1.