Leading off today:
The record may not say so, but Salem's football team needs to be taken seriously.
Tyler Morris and Isaac Isom combined for 342 yards and each scored a pair of touchdowns as the Generals (5-4) advanced to the Section 2 Class D football final with a 27-26 win over previously unbeaten Cambridge, ranked fourth by the New York State Sportswriters Association.
Salem, which will face No. 10 Rensselaer in the Class D final, stopped Matt Parmenter on a two-point conversion attempt with 1:34 remaining after the Indians scored on a 28-yard TD strike from Ethan English to Shaeden Mosso.
“Coach said earlier in practice, ‘Win your battle against the guy across from you and we win the game,’” Morris, who ran 39 times for 197 yards, told The Post-Star.
Isom finished with 145 yards on 23 rushes for Salem, which broke to a 13-0 lead in the first quarter.
More Class D: Nick Taylor rushed 22 times for 189 yards and two touchdowns to power Batavia Notre Dame to a 26-6 win over No. 11 Clyde-Savannah in the Section 5 Class D final. Taylor scored twice in the first half and 12th-ranked ND picked off four passes to give the Fighting Irish their first title since 2006.
In the overall small-school final, ND will face No. 3 Avon, a 14-6 winner over No. 6 Red Jacket in the Class DD championship game.
Avon quarterback T.J. Crye capped a 12-play, 65-yard drive with a 5-yard TD run to open the second half. After getting the ball back, the Braves then drove 74 yards in nine plays for a two-score lead to end the quarter.
Righting the ship: After being outscored 109-16 by Corning and Maine-Endwell to open the season, Chenango Valley is one win from the Section 4 Class B crown after dispatching Johnson City 26-20.
Evan Trebilcock threw three first-half TD passes to Zach Collins and also ran for a score for CV (6-3), which will face Maine-Endwell (9-0) in the final.
Maine-Endwell, the 2011 NYSPHSAA Class A champion, won 60-9 in the regular-season meeting.
“It’s all about giving yourself a chance and just worrying about you and not what’s across the field," CV coach Jay Hope told the Press & Sun-Bulletin. "I think our kids have accomplished that this season and that’s what I’m most proud of.”
Ahead 20-6, CV rolled out a muddle on the opening kickoff of the second half. Several CV players huddled upon receiving the kick, shrouding the ball-carrier's identity. It ended up being Trebilcock, who raced down the JC sideline for an 88-yard return to the 1-yard-line. He scored on a quarterback keeper one play later.
OT drama: Tyler VanBrunt's 32-yard field goal in overtime gave Chatham a 23-20 victory over Mechanicville in the Section 2 Class C semifinals.
Moments earlier, Caleb Foard's try from 31 yards out to open OT was blocked by the Chatham line.
VanBrunt, who barely missed wide on a 36-yarder with 44 seconds left in regulation, said he started feeling good as soon as his foot hit the ball on his winning attempt.
"The overtime kick was from the right hash mark, so I could hook it a little," he told The Times Union. "The one in regulation was on the other hash mark and was a tougher position for me to kick from."
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