Leading off today:
The PSAL championship Dec. 6 at Yankee Stadium will be an all-Brooklyn affair as Abraham Lincoln and Erasmus Hall scored victories Saturday.
Erasmus Hall (9-3), which won the PSAL 'B' crown in 1986 and '87 but has never played in the premier division final, was extended to overtime before beating Tottenville 20-17. Lincoln (12-0) eliminated DeWitt Clinton 30-14 in the other Championship Division semifinal.
Sophomore Kahlil Lewin, subbing for injured running back Shaquell Jackson, scored in OT after seemingly being pushed out of bounds to give Erasmus Hall the win after Tottenville had to settle for a field goal on the opening possession of overtime.
With Syracuse receiving recruit Alvin Cornelius playing QB in place of injured Brandon Barnes, Tottenville built a 14-0 lead in the second quarter, but Jackson scored on an 11-yard run and Wayne Morgan ran in the conversion (Erasmus Hall doesn't have a kicker) to cut it to 14-8 just before the half.
Morgan recovered from a bout with cramps to score on a 1-yard dive with 5:56 to go two plays after ripping off a 40-yard gain.
Tottenville's Ben Bifalco missed a 43-yard field goal with :05.5 left in regulation, then made a 37-yarder in OT.
Meanwhile, Lincoln's Jessel Jones ran for two touchdowns and threw for a third in the Railsplitters' 30-14 win vs. Clinton. He finished with 107 rushing yards, and the defense rolled up seven sacks.
Lincoln, a PSAL finalist last season, will be chasing its first championship in 18 seasons in the game vs. Erasmus Hall.
Long Island finals: John Glenn roared to a 35-0 lead early in the second quarter and defeated Roosevelt 56-21 in the Long Island Class IV championship game at Hofstra University on Friday.
Glenn (11-1 this fall and 43-3 since 2008, became the first school to claim back-to-back Class IV championships since Babylon in 2002 and '03.
Rich Czeczotka completed 14 of 20 passes for 142 yards and ran 14 times for 110 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Nick Wagner set Long Island championship game records with three interceptions (giving him eight on the season) and returning one of the picks 68 yards for a score. His 60-yard punt return for a score was the first in the LICís 20-year history.
In Class II, Newfield defeated Garden City 14-7 for its first Nassau-Suffolk title. Julian Santiago (17 carries, 65 yards) broke a 7-7 tie with a 1-yard run with 11:25 left.
The Woverines were inspired by a pre-game speech from alum Rob Burnett, an All-Long Island linebacker in the mid 1980s who went on to play at Syracuse University and in the NFL.
"He said that since we're here, we have to seize the moment," Newfield's Michael Silva said. "He said, 'Don't be losers in the LIC. You have to win it all. For the seniors, this is going to be your last football game. So go out there and play like it.'"
NYSPHSAA finals: The NYSPHSAA finals wrap up Sunday with a tripleheader at the Carrier Dome. On Friday, Letchworth earned its first state championship and Maine-Endwell secured its second.
Letchworth downed Chester in Class D by a 27-0 margin as Clifton Bacon scored a pair of first-quarter TDs on a 25-yard rush and a 75-yard screen pass and finished with 136 yards of offense. Bacon was playing on a bad ankle that had briefly sidelined him during the semifinals a week earlier, avoiding the doctor's office out of fear that he'd be ordered to miss the final.
Maine-Endwell capped its Class A season with a 27-20 win over Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake.
Nick Sorrenti scored three second-half touchdowns as Maine-Endwell rallied from a 20-7 deficit. M-E took the lead when Sorrenti scored from 3 yards out and Stephen Pham added the extra point with 10:26 remaining.