Leading off today:
Quality trumps quantity, and don't ever forget it. Week 4 brought evidence of such in a pair of high school football games Friday.
First, Binghamton ran only 21 offensive plays in the first half, but five of them went for touchdowns during a 55-17 steamrolling of Corning, ranked 21st in Class AA by the New York State Sportswriters Association.
Senior Brian Alexander (10 carries, 142 yards) scored three of his five touchdowns in the first half as the Patriots took a 34-10 lead. His scoring efforts in the opening half included an 80-yard jaunt, then came back in the third quarter and scored on a 29-yard reception and a 2-yard run.
Binghamton forced three turnovers, including an interception by Brandon Hernandez that he returned 78 yards to set up Alexander’s 4-yard TD run. In addition, Alexander made an interception at midfield and scored four plays later on a 25-yard run.
Meanwhile, South Glens Falls ran 23 offensive plays in the final 9:42 of the first half to a mere one for Hudson Falls. No matter, however, as Hudson Falls scored two TDs in that span en route to a 20-18 non-league triumph.
Trailing 12-6, Hudson Falls blocked a punt, and Geno Brancati (21 carries, 157 yards) scored on a 40-yard run on the next play. Three minutes later, Caleb Stevens picked off a pass and returned it 53 yards for a TD , with Steven Burch passing to Brandon Winchell for what proved to be the decisive two-point conversion.
South Glens Falls rushed for 326 yards in a losing effort.
A real pitchers duel: Syracuse Corcoran edged Cicero-North Syracuse 2-0 as Adam Aberdeen recorded a safety in the second quarter that stood up the rest of the way.
Jalen Searight carried 38 times for 138 yards in the win.
Corcoran turned the ball over on downs at the C-NS 2-yard line before Aberdeen recorded a sack in the end zone to account for all the night's scoring.
Big win for Forks: Chenango Forks turned two miscues by Greene into second-quarter touchdowns in a 22-14 victory.
Chenango Forks is ranked 12th and Greene sixth in Class C by the NYSSWA.
Ahead 8-6, the Trojans fumbled the ball away early in the second quarter. Forks’ Ryan Bronson recovered at the Greene's 7-yard line, and Isaiah Zimmer (113 rushing yards) scored three plays later.
Greene drove deep into Forks territory on its next possession, but Jeremy Flohr came down beyond the end zone after making a grab of a fourth-down pass from Joe Beckwith.
Chenango Forks then drove to Greene’s 37-yard line in 10 plays with the help of two third-down conversions. Just 18.4 seconds before the half, Colm Sweeney threw 37 yards to Cody DeOrdio for the score, and Zimmer ran in the conversion for a two-score lead.
Hornell grinds out win: Hornell, ranked No. 1 in Class C, earned its 43rd straight win by turning back Class B No. 14 Livonia 35-22 as Rich Harkenrider went 9-for-12 for 149 yards and two touchdowns.
The Red Raiders responded to a 10-0 deficit by scored 28 straight points staring with a 35-yard TD throw from Harkenrider to Julian Reinhart.
Oddity of the day: Joe Capobianco and Eddie Robinson of Lawrence, the state's top-ranked Class A team, hooked up on two TD passes in a 35-13 win at Bethpage.
"So what," you say?
Well, check this out:
Capobianco hit leaping Robinson in the back of the end