Leading off today:
"D" as in ... defeated.
Four of the top five teams in the first New York State Public High School Athletic Association rankings of the season suffered defeats Friday in the third week of the season.
Defending NYSPHSAA Class D champion Letchworth, unscored upon in a 2-0 start, suffered a 42-6 loss at the hands of Perry; No. 3 Tioga fell to Waverly 14-8; No. 4 Frewsburg lost to Portville 16-12; and No. 5 Avon dropped a 42-35 contest to LeRoy.
Waverly and LeRoy and ranked fourth and fifth, respectively, in Class C.
The only top-five Class D team to escape on Friday was Maple Grove, a 27-14 victor over No. 16 Randolph in Section 6 action as QB Aaron Jermaine went 8-for-11 for 142 yards with two TDs and opened the game by returning the kickoff 80 yards for a score.
Portville earned its victory with a 7-yard pass from Brett Marcellin to Brandon Muniga with 5:00 to play.
Peter Privitera carried powered LeRoy's win with 39 carries for 181 yards and two TDs. Avon QB T.J. Crye threw for 189 yards and TDs and also returned an interception 66 yards to tie the score at 21 in the third quarter.
Perry’s win was powered by QB Cory Dillon, who went 12-for-24 for 156 yards and two TDs. He also scored on carries of 12 and 18 yards.
Avoiding disaster: Harrison, ranked second in Class A, rallied from a 34-7 deficit early in the third quarter and edged John Jay Cross River 35-34. In his first game for Harrison, Brunswick transfer Kevin Nathanson ran for 112 yards and scored on a 13-yard run with 2:44 to go.
Harrison QB Vin Nicita went 10-for-18 for 182 yards and two touchdowns.
After allowing 260 yards of offense in the first half, Harrison finished the game with a 464-365 advantage.
Monster N.Y. effort of the night: Senior Tommy Wagner ran 32 times for 275 yards and half a dozen TDs as Victor, ranked fifth in Class A, fought off Canandaigua 42-35. The scoring runs -- two apiece in each of the last three quarters -- covered 1, 3, 4, 10, 21 and 38 yards.
“The offensive line did a fantastic job,” Wagner told The Daily Messenger. “Pretty much all of those touchdowns I was running up the middle untouched. The line made it a lot easier for me to push through.”
Blue Devils freshman QB Mike Wagner ran 17 times for 90 yards in the clash of Monroe County League rivals located in Ontario County.
Two-sporter: Alex Malhas missed Babylon's opener last week because it conflicted with a soccer game he played in. Luckily for the Panthers, he made it to Friday's game.
The senior kicked a 28-yard field goal with 57 seconds left to earn a 17-14 win over John Glenn.
"As soon as I hit it, I knew it was good," Malhas, who missed a 19-yarder in the first half, told Newsday.
Babylon drove 57 yards in 3:58 to set up the winning kick.
Section 3 showdown: Sean Bright rushed 38 times for 224 yards and two TDs as No. 25 Fayetteville-Manlius toppled No. 8 Baldwinsville 34-25 in a battle for Class AA