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Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013: Quick rundown of weekend football developments

   Leading off today: Are you familiar with that deal where a team's cheerleaders do pushups after each score to match the number of points their team has on the scoreboard?

   Well, you would not have wanted to try that Saturday in Binghamton, site of the Section 4 Class D football championship game -- or else you ran the risk of eventually looking more chiseled than East German female swimmers circa 1976.

   Let's put it this way: Unatego sophomore Josh Feyerabend went 29-for-40 for 581 yards (a state record) and seven touchdowns ... and his team got smoked.

   Final score: Second-ranked Tioga 80, No. 9 Unatego 53.

   Highlighting the Tigers' third straight championship was a 43-point second quarter. Tioga rushed for 622 yards despite sendings its two top backs to the bench for the day with a 59-12 lead at halftime. Sophomore Jesse Manuel ran 16 times for 217 yards and four touchdowns, and Brad Jump added 11 carries for 80 yards. Manuel has 1,852 yards in nine games this season.

   Manuel opened the onslaught with scoring runs of 6, 13 and 3 yards as the Tigers tallied on their first seven possessions. Tioga recovered one onside kick and two other low line drives that bounced off of Unatego upbacks.

   “I wasn’t looking to send a message but it just happened to get up there," Tigers coach Nick Aiello said of the 80-point day. "We were looking to play guys in the second half and they were keeping their first-team offense in against my third-string defense and they kept scoring, so we kept trying to move the ball just to kill the clock.”

   Feyerabend's yardage total marked the sixth time is state history -- all since 2003 -- a quarterback threw for 500 yards in a game. He broke the record of Greg Paulus, who threw for 543 yards for Syracuse CBA in 2003 vs. Auburn. Feyerabend was 12-for-14 for 356 yards in the second half, largely against Tioga's reserves.

   Another monster effort: If not for the Tioga-Unatego track meet, Matt Przybocki would have been the talk of New York football this weekend. The Burke Catholic running back carried 40 times for 453 yards and all six of his team's TDs.

   The last came on a 20-yard rush to start overtime, and No. 12 Burke defeated No. 19 James I. O'Neil 48-40 for the Section 9 Class C championship.

   Przybocki ran for three two-point conversions, passed for two others and hauled down an interception in the fourth quarter to lead the Eagles to their first sectional crown since 2005.

   "He's a special player," Burke coach Ed Van Curen Jr. said. "We saw Matt starting to click the past two weeks in practice and we saw a side of him starting to come out that we hadn't seen before. He played like a warrior today."

   Przybocki's short TD run two plays after the interception plus a successful conversion pass put Burke ahead 40-33, but O'Neill's Keegan West (285 yards, five TD passes) threw on a 90-yard touchdown pass to Geoffrey Stoker to tie with 2:33 left.

   Class A shake-up: Both of last year's finalists, regulars at the Carrier Dome in recent years, saw their seasons end this weekend a game short of returning to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association tournament.

   Sweet Home, ranked No. 1 in the state by the NYSSWA, saw its winning streak against Section 6 competition end at 69 games with a 21-12 setback Friday to Williamsville North, a three-loss team ranked 20th this week.

   Williamsville North scored two first-quarter TDs and was up 21-0 at the half at Ralph Wilson Stadium, outgaining Sweet Home 181-40.

   "We didn’t think this was an upset," said senior Derick Isler, who ran 20 times for 99 yards and a touchdown and had two interceptions on defense. "We came here and we proved ourselves tonight."


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   The last time Sweet Home lost to a Section 6 foe was to Iroquois in the 2006 Section VI Class A title game. The Panthers' last loss overall was to Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake in the 2012 state final in Syracuse.

   Burnt Hills' bid for a repeat ended with a 14-7 loss to Queensbury in the Section 2 final.

   Queensbury, ranked second in the state and all but certain to ascend to No. 1 this week, drove 81 yards in eight plays to erase a 7-6 deficit with a TD with 1:18 to play. Kody Bruno scored the go-ahead points on a 21-yard run.

   Fifth-ranked Burnt Hills threw four incompletions passes from deep in its own end as Queensbury sealed the win. Queensbury's first score came via Christopher Johnson's 85-yard return of a fumble on the first play of the second quarter.

   Queensbury had beaten the Spartans 28-27 when the teams faced off Sept. 28.

   Still streaking: Hoosick Falls ran its intrasectional winning streak to 50 games with the help of five takeaways in its 21-8 triumph Friday against Chatham for the Section 2 Class C championship. The Panthers' last local loss came to Corinth in 2008.

   "I'm really proud of our consistency," coach Ron Jones said. "This team is made up of the typical Hoosick Falls kids. They're tough and they never give up."

   Levi Brewster intercepted two passes and recovered a fumble, and Mark Hackett recovered two fumbles for Hoosick Falls, which scored 21 unanswered points in the second quarter to take control. Following takeaways, quarterback Garrett Wright (14-for-20, 134 yards) ran eight yards for one score and then passed nine yards to Connor McCart for another.

   M-W advances: Monroe-Woodbury drove 66 yards in the closing minutes to set up Matt Paul's 26-yard field goal with 1:22 to play and give the Crusaders a 31-30 win over Newburgh Free Academy for the Section 9 Class AA championship.

   Austin Cain snuffed out NFA's final chance with an interception near midfield.

   The winning drive came after two Newburgh passes from the M-W 8 fell incomplete in the end zone midway through the fourth quarter. M-W got the ball back with 4:14 to go, and Kevin Carr's 33-yard throw to Jesse Kaffenberger on a second-and-9 play launched the drive into high gear.

   Big numbers: MacArthur's Tom McAndrew, who'd rushed for a total of 239 yards during the regular season while primarily

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lining up as a receiver, carried 27 times for 319 yards and scored three TDs to beat Long Beach 28-21 in the Section 8 Division II quarterfinals Friday.

   Long Beach forced a turnover on downs at midfield with 2:28 left and then drove to the MacArthur 10-yard line. On fourth-and-1 with :10 left, Long Beach QB Liam Rafferty scrambled right and fired, but MacArthur sophomore Jared Wolfe was able to swat the ball down to wrap up the win.

   Week 10 scoreboard: You can get all the weekend football scores here.

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