Leading off today:
The mighty keep falling in Class A football.
A week ago, No. 1 Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, No. 3 Eastridge and No. 9 Harrison all suffered losses. This week, it was new No. 1 Lawrence, No. 4 Garden City and No. 11 West Seneca East tumbling.
Consequently, perennial power Sweet Home is all but certain to ascend to the top spot Tuesday when the next set of New York State Sportswriters Association rankings is released.
Saturday's Class A rundown: Lawrence lost 36-20 at the hands of No. 22 Plainedge in Nassau County action. Davien Kuinlan rushed for 153 yards on 22 carries and scored two touchdowns to help end Lawrence's 15-game winning streak.
Garden City was taken out 28-0 by No. 9 Carey in another Nassau County contest. Quarterback Ray Catapano completed 14 of 19 attempts for 268 yards and four touchdowns.
In Section 6, unranked Buffalo South Park took out West Seneca East 22-0 of Friday.
On Saturday, No. 2 Sweet Home mowed down its 65th straight Section 6 opponent by topping No. 13 Grand Island 19-7 as junior Kevin Torrillo threw for touchdowns in each of the first three quarters and the Panthers surrendered just 69 yards of total offense.
“I could have told you on Aug. 13 that it was going to be this type of game,” Sweet Home coach John Faller told The Buffalo News. “I felt we left a few points out there, but the defense made up for our mistakes, and our offense made up for their mistakes."
Aquinas rolls on: Top-ranked Aquinas rolled up another impressive Class AA victory by downing No. 12 Pittsford 27-0 in Section 5's most anticipated game of the season.
Leading 7-0 late in the third quarter, Aquinas stopped the Panthers inside the Little Irish 10. Three fourth-quarter TDs, including Alonzo Turney's 55-yard interception return, clinched the outcome.
Senior linebacker Charlie Rist intercepted a pass and made 11 tackles.
More Class AA: In yet another big Nassau County game, No. 6 Farmingdale was a 33-8 winner over No. 13 Massapequa on the strength of Curtis Jenkins' three TDs and 179 yards on the ground. QB Mike Scheuerer went 9-for-10 for 132 yards and a touchdown.
Alex Price threw a halfback option for a TD and ran for two scores as Kenmore West upset No. 21 Frontier 26-21. Price finished with 112 yards rushing.
No. 8 John Jay East Fishkill nearly made the list of upset losers, but Andrew Moesch kicked the winning field goal with 15 seconds remaining in the game to edged Clarkstown South 13-10.
Picking up steam: Chenango Forks, ranked fourth in Class C, knocked off No. 18 Newark Valley 35-14 as Isaiah Zimmer rushed for 148 yards and three touchdowns.
The Blue Devils have won three straight since a loss to Class D No. 2 Tioga.
Forks carved out 199 rushing yards in its first four possessions to establish the offense, with Zimmer carrying for two short TDs en route to a 28-0 lead at the half.
Section 1 developments: No. 6 Our Lady of Lourdes was the highest-ranked Class B team to lose, falling 28-22 to