SUTTON — In a game that featured just six passes, it was important to be productive on the ground.
Both St. Cecilia and Sutton racked up the rushing yards and sustained long, clock-melting scoring drives.
But two costly turnovers in the second half derailed the Bluehawks' chances of upsetting the Class C-2 fifth-ranked Mustangs, who moved on with a 30-14 win Wednesday night over St. Cecilia (6-4) in the second round of the Class C-2 playoffs.
"We really said before this game that both teams are really similar in what they do on offense and defense. (St. Cecilia) plays very fundamental defense, and we needed to sustain drives," Sutton head coach Steve Ramer said. "We weren't going to get any big plays. We had to sustain drives and we knew that we could do that for 30 points or so. And then in the second half, it came down to were we going to have a turnover, or would they? And they did."'
With the win, Sutton (10-0) moves on to play upset-minded Hershey (6-4) at 5 p.m. Tuesday in the Class C-2 quarterfinals. The Panthers, seeded 12th in the West bracket of the C-2 playoffs, downed Blue Hill 34-20 in their second-round game.