Leading off today:
There are most assuredly some respectable football teams in New York, but what happened Friday in South Huntington demonstrated that other states have teams that simply play the sport on a whole different level.
Senior Jon Germano threw for 300 yards and four touchdowns and ran for another score as Bergen Catholic from New Jersey dominated St. Anthony's 59-21 before more than 5,000 fans. The verdict ended the Friars' 29-game winning streak.
Bergen Catholic built a 24-0 lead in the second quarter on the way to improving to 2-0.
“They outplayed us,” St. Anthony’s coach Rich Reichert told Patch.com. “They were more physical and much more skilled on offense. They had their way with us. They’re a real good football team.”
The last St. A's loss had been to St. Joseph by-the-Sea in 2009. Next up is CHSFL rival Iona Prep next weekend.
“Sometimes I think it’s good,” Reichert said. “Now it’s back to reality. We just have to put this past us. It’s a non-league game and we’ve got to learn from it. We’ve got to get better.”
Speaking of streaking: New York's longest active winning streak reached 41 as three-time Class B champion Hornell downed Wellsville 40-6. Senior Richie Harkenrider completed 7 of 9 passes for 206 yards and three touchdown passes. Brendan Buisch made three catches for 133 yards and two touchdowns.
Three more wins would put the Red Raiders in the state's all-time top five for unbeaten streaks in 11-man football.
Slugfest No. 1: Jake O’Connell rushed 18 times for 216 yards and two touchdowns to lead Spencerport to a 51-47 win over Churchville-Chili. His scoring runs of 2 and 70 yards in the fourth quarter built the lead to 51-41 before the Saints scored a TD as time expired.
Rob Williams piled up 283 all-purpose yards and three total touchdowns as the Rangers reached 2-0 for the first time since 2001.
Slugfest No. 2: Senior Tyler Rouse rushed 32 times for 278 yards and two touchdowns to lead Baldwinsville to a 47-42 win over Syracuse Henninger. Rouse now has 558 yards rushing in two games.
The Bees (2-0) scored 21 first-quarter points.
Speaking of big yardage: Matt Weaver opened a week ago with 234 yards and three TDs vs. Weekend. Week 2 was even better -- 243 yards and four scores as Warwick won the 100th edition of the Spirit Trophy Game by a 49-20 margin over Goshen.
Weaver missed last season with a lacerated spleen suffered in a snowboarding accident.
The schools first played in 1896. Warwick has taken 15 of the last 16 matchups in the series to assume a 50-46-4 lead.
Surprise No. 1: Troy isn't quite the team it was in the 2010 run to the NYSPHSAA championship game -- and