Leading off today:
Mike Pizzuti kicked a 23-yard field goal with two seconds remaining, giving Archbishop Stepinac
a 17-13 upset of St. Joseph's by the Sea in CHSFL football action Saturday.
St. Joe's is ranked 21st in Class AA by the New York State Sportswriters Association.
Justin Thomas caught five passes for 109 yards and rushed for a 14-yard touchdown to give Stepinac a 14-0 lead early in the fourth quarter before St. Joe's began chipping away.
Section 1 small schools: Woodlands, ranked ninth in Class C, rolled past No. 7 Dobbs Ferry 39-6 as Ray Jackson and Tyrone Barber combined for 265 yards of offense and three touchdowns on just 12 touches.
Woodlands avenged a 39-0 loss to Dobbs Ferry in the 2011 sectional semifinals.
Barber scored from 40 yards out with 1:24 left in the first half to give the Falcons a 20-6 lead. Jackson took the first play from scrimmage in the third quarter 60 yards for a score.
Meanwhile, Bronxville edged Class D No. 5 Tuckahoe 7-0 on Mike Dresdale's 17-yard TD pass to Luke Marrone on the first play of the fourth quarter.
It was the first game of the season for Marrone, who started for Bronxville’s 2010 state championship team. The senior broke both bones in his left forearm during practice in August.
Tuckahoe outgained Bronxville 260-158, but the Tigers lost two fumbles and turned the ball over on downs in Bronxville territory three times. Tuckahoe played much of the second half without star Shyheim Nixon, who aggravated a shoulder injury.
Interclass intrigue: Batavia Notre Dame, rankled 18th in Class D, heads into the Section 5 postseason with a signature win in the form of a 32-26 victory over Class C No. 14 Attica in overtime.
The Fighting Irish intercepted a pass in the first OT, and Tim McCulley threw 25 yards to Jared Thornton on the next play for the winning TD. McCulley logged 287 yards passing and four touchdowns, with 256 yards and three scores going to Thornton.
Section 11 battles: Sayville overpowered Miller Place 35-12 as John Haggart rushed for 191 yards and three touchdowns, including a 68-yard score in the first quarter of their Suffolk County showdown.
Sayville is ranked fourth and Miller Place 11th in Class A by the NYSSWA.
Matthew Selts added 104 yards and two TDs for the Golden Flashes, who led 28-0 in the fourth quarter.
Babylon, ranked fifth on Class C, breezed past Class B No. 11 Hampton Bays 37-8 in another Suffolk matchup. Eric Schweitzer scored on an 87-yard kickoff return and rushed of 10 and 5 yards.