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Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013: Pine Plains loses first game since fatal crash

   Leading off today: Gary Gaeta had 16 carries for 90 yards, including scoring runs of 13 and 5 yards, to lead host Ellenville to a season-opening, 34-14 football win over Pine Plains on Friday.

   Pine Plains' week began with the players attending funerals for teammates Gian Paolo Stagnaro and Zach Pruner, killed in a car crash Aug. 29 that also injured two others.

   Pine Plains battled to the end vs. Ellenville. Quarterback Matt Moss hit Ryan Coons for a 25-yard touchdown with 11 seconds left in the fourth quarter to make the score a bit closer.

   We really came together as a family today, said fullback/linebacker Chris Kruzynski, who rushed for a game-tying TD late in the first half. We knew, win or lose, wed still be in it. Weve got a whole season ahead of us. Its a good journey. Even though its a loss, its not a bad start. Were still a family in the end."

   Making early noise: Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake began defense of its NYSPHSAA Class A championship in impressive fashion, beating Lansingburgh 69-25. The Spartans scored six touchdowns in a 13-minute span of the first half.

   Josh Quesada scored touchdowns on a rush, a kickoff return and a punt return. Converted running back Dan Maynard went 6-for-7 for 113 yards and two TDs in his first start at quarterback.

   Meanwhile, traditional small-school force LeRoy had a shockingly easy time en route to a 68-14 win over Hornell, which had its 51-game winning streak snapped last November in the NYSPHSAA Class C final. The Oatkan Knights scored touchdowns on 10 consecutive possessions after an opening three-and-out.

   Peter Privitera rushed 18 times for 116 yards and two TDs. Junior quarterback Mike McMullen was 6-for-10 for 174 yards and three TDs. LeROy outgained Hornell 451-125.

   Canisius coasts: There's still the matter of a Week 2 game at Aquinas to deal with, but Canisius demonstrated why it is the likely No. 1 team in Class AA when the first New York State Sportswriters Association rankings come out Sept. 17.

   Senior running back Qadree Ollison ran 20 times for 195 yards and four TDs to beat McQuaid 42-15. Afterward, Ollison said he had scrapped a planned weekend visit to Penn State ahead of his college announcement on Monday. He is expected to choose between Pittsburgh, Penn State, Rutgers, Syracuse and Wisconsin.

   Ollison scored on carries of 8, 16, 29 and 65 yards. He sat out the fourth quarter.

   NFA grinds out convincing win: Newburgh Free Academy rushed for almost 500 yards in a 46-21, non-league win over Iona Prep. football site

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   Anthony Dubose rushed 15 times for 91 yards and TDs covering 7, 10 and 42 yards in the victory, and Natore Dennis ran 15 times for 171 yards and two touchdowns. Donovan Fields added 113 yards and a touchdown on seven carries.

   Newburgh intercepted four passes.

   Also noteworthy: Remember this name: Whitehall freshman Daryl Hillman carried 20 times for 199 yards be beat Hoosic Valley 35-7.

   Texas shootout: Mansfield (Texas) Lake Ridge outlasted Burleson (Texas) Centennial 77-75 in triple overtime on Friday night to break into the win column after an 0-10 football debut season in 2012 in which the Eagles scored a total of 48 points.

   After Centennial scored on a 5-yard run by DeMarcus Williams to stake the Spartans a 75-69 lead, the Eagles tackled Williams short of the end zone on the 2-point conversion attempt. Lake Ridge then scored on the first play of its possession when Jett Duffey threw his fifth TD pass, covering 25 yards to Jalyn Hernandez. Duke Carter ran in the conversion for the win.

   The teams ended regulation tied 55-55 after a 27-yard field by Centennial's Ron Reid with 37 seconds to play. Just minutes earlier, Lake Ridge thought it had won on a 44-yard scoring run by Duffey on a fourth-and-14 play.

   Hernandez finished with five catches for 179 yards and four TDs.

   Extra points: Scores are the remaining schedule for Week 1 can be found here.

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