Leading off today:
Lawrence quarterback Joe Capobianco continues to roll up staggering numbers while directing one of the highest-octane offenses in New York high school football.
Capobianco, the New York State Sportswriters Association Class A player of the year last fall as a junior, broke the Long Island record for career touchdowns passes Saturday in a 53-7 win over Glen Cove. In going 9-for-14 for 217 yards and three scores, he raised his career total to 74 touchdown passes.
Sayville's Steven Ferreira set the record of 73 in 2011. His next TD pass will tie Capobianco for fourth on the state's all-time list. Capobianco is also pursuing the Long Island career yardage mark. At 5,468, he trails Ferreira (6,407) and Holy Trinity's Chris Laviano (5,833).
Good win for No. 1 team: Luch Pietropaolo ran 15 times for 155 yards to help Aquinas, ranked first in the state in Class AA, grind out a 29-3 home win in steady rain vs. Youngstown (Ohio) Ursuline.
Though Aquinas has gone to a spread offense this year, rain has kept the passing game relatively understated thus far. The Little Irish returned to their time-tested ground game to roll up 215 yards in 40 carries vs. Ursuline, traditionally one of Ohio's stronger mid-sized schools.
Aquinas senior linebacker Charlie Rist, who also had a fumble recovery and 10 tackles, intercepted a tipped pass at the Ursuline 29 early in the third quarter. That set up a 1-yard touchdown run by Donato Clemente that extended the Aquinas lead to 22-3 with 4:55 remaining in the third quarter.
Early CHSFL showdown: Junior Jordan Gowins rushed for 298 yards and three touchdowns, including a 94-yard go-ahead score in the third quarter, as St. Anthony's posted a 31-14 win over Archbishop Stepinac in White Plains.
Stepinac was rated seventh and St. Anthony's 18th in Class AA in the first state rankings.
In a stretch beginning late in the second quarter and extending to the fourth, Stepinac came away empty on four posess ions that reaches inside the Friars' 25. St. Anthony's outgained the Crusaders 468-239.
Overtime escape: Gerard Smith made a 31-yard field goal in overtime to lift Garden City, ranked fourth in Class A, to a 10-7 win against MacArthur in Nassau County action. Matt Borges and Tom Wright blocked a 22-yard field-goal attempt on MacArthur's possession to start the OT.
Brett Stewart's 3-yard run with :58 left in regulation capped an eight-play, 78-yard drive to tie the game for Garden City.
Speaking of furious finishes: Michael O’Connor caught a 10-yard TD pass from Justin Davidov with :17 left, capped a 65-yard drive in 58 seconds and giving Ossining a 38-34 win over Poughkeepsie.
Poughkeepsie has scored the go-ahead touchdown with 1:15 to play.
Davidov was 15-for-28 for 227 yards and a touchdown and also rushed 22 times for 91 yards and a TD. Solomon White returned a kickoff 80 yards for a score with 7:00 to go to give Ossining a 31-28 lead.
Cold spell snapped: Scarsdale's 14-7 victory marked the Raiders' first win over New Rochelle since a 3-0 triumph in 1989. Junior James Nicholas returned the opening kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown and ran for a 16-yard score in the third quarter.
Scarsdale QB Giancarlo Gugini went 4-for-4 for 109 yards and rushed for another 36, but he suffered a knee injury late in the game, The Journal News reported.