SKANEATELES — It wasn't pretty, but the Lakers got the job done.
In a game that included a slew of yellow flags, an ejection and an arrest, the Skaneateles football team emerged with a 35-0 victory over Bishop Ludden at Skaneateles High School Saturday evening.
For Lakers coach Joe Sindoni, his team struggled to maintain its focus throughout all the shenanigans.
"It was a bizarre game," Sindoni said. "I could make an argument that my team wasn't focused all night tonight. We made uncharacteristic mistakes and penalties, and we were just generally off. I think some of those things brought them back together and they had to regroup. This was just a weird game."
Patrick Hackler threw for 142 yards and three touchdowns, two to Nick Wamp and another to Nate Wellington. Wamp finished with 108 receiving yards on six catches. Areh Boni rushed for 129 yards, including 99 yards and two touchdowns in the first half alone.
While the offense racked up the points, the Skaneateles defense didn't allow Bishop Ludden to put together many big plays.
"I think our defense has been our best unit all season," Sindoni said. "Our offense gets a lot of credit, but I think when you dig in, our defense has been spectacular every game."
Despite being a team known for its aerial attack, the Lakers' Boni opened the scoring with a nine yard touchdown run with 2:09 left in the first quarter, and added another touchdown on a 16 yard run 29 seconds into the second quarter.
"Our mantra, if you will, is we're going to take what they give us," Sindoni said. "We felt like early, because they were playing two safeties, they were light in the box and giving us the run, so we took the run. Late, as we were hurting them with the run, they brought more guys up and we were able to get more passing."
Flags were frequent in the second quarter and tempers continued to rise, with a Bishop Ludden player getting ejected for a late hit out of bounds on Hackler in the second quarter.
The Lakers were able to keep their momentum though. Hackler completed a 42 yard passing play to Wamp with 1:36 left in the first half, and Skaneateles took a 21-0 lead into halftime.
Hackler found Wamp again for a three yard touchdown pass early in the third quarter, but the penalties continued. At one point, a Gaelic Knights player tangled with one of the Lakers after the whistle to prompt a penalty and a fan to rush the field from the stands.
The fan was reportedly arrested.
Wellington scored on a 10 yard passing play with 10:49 remaining, and the Lakers subbed out most of their starts for the remainder of the game.
Skaneateles (4-0) looks to stay undefeated when it welcomes Syracuse Institute of Technology on Sept. 28.
"I think the focus for us has been, and it's renewed now, that it's on us at this point," Sindoni said. "Our job is to get better every week. Ludden came in with a lot of fire today, and we're going to see that from the teams we play and we have to be ready for it. The only thing I want from these kids is to try and be a better team than we were this week."