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Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013: Cornwall's Bauer catches five touchdown passes

   Leading off today: Oh, brother. Can you think of anyone more appropriate to break the Section 9 record for touchdown catches in a game?

   Joe White set the record for Cornwall with four in a game in 2010. On Saturday, his brother Mike White threw five scoring strikes to senior classmate Chris Bauer to break the TD receptions mark. The scores covering 7, 8, 15, 53 and 45 yards all took place in the first half of a 49-0 win over Saugerties.

   "I’m still in shock,” Bauer told the Times Herald-Record after finishing with six catches for 128 yards. “I don’t know if I can make sense of it. Down the road, I definitely think it will be a cool accomplishment.”

   Cornwall is ranked fifth in the state in Class A.

   Strong Island: Even putting aside a feat that I'll highlight in a separate blog later Sunday, it was a very notable day of football in Sections 8 and 11 on Saturday. A few examples:

    • Islip, ranked 14th in Class A, outlasted Sayville 59-58 in triple overtime.    Wynell Michaud's 20-yard run and the ensuing extra point to open the third OT staked islip to a 59-52 lead. Matt Seitz, who opened the game with a 99-yard kickoff return and a 21-yard rush for a 14-0 lead, answered with a 9-yard touchdown run, but Sayville's attempt at a 2-point conversion pass failed.

   Islip QB Kieran Mullins finished 13-for-16 for 315 yards and five TDS. He also ran 16 times for 97 yards and another score.

    • Also in Class A, No. 7 Lawrence beat Lynbrook 47-28 as Joe Capobianco completed 16 of 19 attempts for 339 yards and three touchdowns and became Long Island's career leader for passing yardage.

    • Class A No. 18 Garden City topped Wantagh 21-13 behind Brett Stewart's three TD passes and 191 yards. The third-year starter extended his season total to 2,460 yards, breaking Mike Gluck's 1991 school record.

    • Class A No. 10 Miller Place running back Brett Osman ran 37 times for 331 yards and four touchdowns to beat Huntington 42-28.

    • Deer Park's Jashawn Thompson broke 300 rushing yards for the second time this fall, carrying 26 times for 311 yards and three TDs to help top Amityville 24-0.

   And none of that even includes ...

   Suffolk County Class AA upsets: Northport bested No. 20 Patchogue-Medford 38-31 as Connor Quinn went 17-of-27 for 274 yards and two touchdowns, including a game winning 20-yarder to Ken Radigan in the second OT. Quinn hit Cole Quoltrup for a 30-yard TD with 1:30 to play, capping a 21-point fourth quarter.

   William Floyd dominated No. 17 Sachem North 42-14 on the strength of three TDs in the third quarter. QB Eric Brust ran for a 4-yard TD to cap the opening possession and Vinny LaBate scored again on a 2-yard run midway through the first quarter.

   Coming on strong: Smarting from a 24-17 loss to Hilton the week before, Rush-Henrietta recovered with a 14-13 upset of Class AA No. 16 Pittsford. The Royal Comets' JoJo Ortiz caused and recovered a Pittsford fumble on the Panthers’ 37-yard line with less than a minute left to wrap up the win.

  
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   Defending NYSPHSAA large-school champ New Rochelle edged No. 15 North Rockland 22-21 with a TD and 2-point conversion with :36 to go. New Rochelle travels to North Rockland again Saturday in the Section 1 playoff opener.

   Class A observations: As I look down the list of ranked teams, I can pick out at least eight candidates to represent the eastern side of the state in the Carrier Dome on Thanksgiving weekend. One of them would be No. 8 Rye, an 8-2 winner over Harrison in the 83rd renewal of their rivalry.

   As for the other half of the bracket, it's tough to not be all in on No. 1 Sweet Home, which fell behind 16-14 before defeating No. 20 Buffalo McKinley 58-22 for its 67th straight victory over Section 6 foes.

   Running back Jordan Evert ran for three touchdowns and 109 yards. Kevin Torrillo threw for three touchdowns, including two to Brandon Smiley. All three are juniors.

   If somehow the Panthers don't return to the final, perhaps it will be No. 15 Eastridge instead. The Lancers edged No. 12 Canandaigua 34-27 with all their scoring plays covering 29 yards. Junior Jay’von Hampton returned a kickoff 95 yards, freshman running back C.J. Turner scored on a 75-yard run and 59-yard pass and Jametrius Lewis tallied on an 85-yard quarterback draw.

   Just sayin': I see that my local team (Gates Chili) forfeited its regular-season victories over Fairport and Marshall just in time for sectionals, presumably for using one or more ineligible players.

   The forfeits change Gates Chili's record to 0-7 and knock the Spartans out of sectionals. For the more than $3,000 a year I pay in school taxes for a relatively modest home, I'm thinking maybe my district should spend a little less money on aquariums and a little more money on making sure our teams are following the rules.

   Week 7 scoreboard: You can get a recap of all the Week 7 scores here.


  
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