From nagging questions of character and heart at mid-season, the Liverpool football team now finds itself proudly owning a four-game win streak and plenty of momentum going into the Section III Class AA playoffs.
Just as importantly, when the Warriors rolled past Rome Free Academy 35-12 on Friday night, it clinched second place in the Class AA-2 division with a 4-1 mark (5-2 overall) and guaranteed that it would stay at LHS Stadium for the AA opening round.
Cicero-North Syracuse had a chance to go to Liverpool for that playoff game - but instead, it saw an early 14-point lead vanish amid an avalanche of Central Square points during a 56-29 loss to the Red Hawks.
In Liverpool's case, the good feelings gained in its 31-24, come-from-behind victory over Baldwinsville a week earlier carried over into the RFA game, but not int he manner the Black Knights expected.
True, Jaydakis Scott, who scored all three touchdowns in the second half at B'ville, got things going for the Warriors with an eight-yard scoring run in the first quarter.
But when the Black Knights tried to crowd the line of scrimmage, quarterback Justin Capoto threw over them, accounting for three TD passes the rest of the first half.
Capoto hit Caleb Taylor from 26 yards out late in the opening period. Then the pair collaborated again on a 24-yard scoring play in the second quarter to make it 21-0.
RFA finally got on the board with Bradley Dougherty's nine-yard scoring run, but Liverpool countered right before the half, Capoto this time finding James Wade on a 21-yard TD pass that made it 28-7 at the half.
To complete a memorable Senior Night, Capoto tacked on a 27-yard scoring scramble in the third quarter, and that, plus superb defense throughout the night, allowed the Warriors to make plans for another home date.