Lancaster advances to AA championship with 35-21 win

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Kyle Backert opened the scoring with a bang, returning the opening kickoff 75 yards to help power Lancaster to the Class AA state championship with a 35-21 win over Cicero-North of Syracuse Saturday night.

The Legends, who improve to 12-0 on the year, will now play Troy for the AA crown next Saturday, Nov. 26, at 3 p.m. at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse. It’ll be the program’s first appearance in the state title game.

Trailing 14-6 in the third quarter, the Legends offense found their stride courtesy of Joe Andreessen.  The senior, who is listed as an offensive lineman on the team’s official roster, ran for a 43-yard touchdown and threw another to Brett Beetow as the Legends jumped back on top 20-14.

Andreessen added a two-yard score with less than five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter to make it a 28-14 ball game.

Clinging to a 28-21 lead and with Cicero-North marching down the field on a potential game-tying drive, Max Giordano iced the game with a 65-yard interception return for a touchdown. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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