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Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013: Riverhead wins with last-minute punt return

   Leading off today: That's what you call finishing with a bit of flair.

   Senior Ryan Hubbard returned a punt 84 yards for a touchdown with six seconds left, vaulting Riverhead past East Islip 20-14 on Friday for the Suffolk II football championship at Stony Brook University.

   Riverhead will take on Carey on Friday at for the Long Island Class II title.

   Hubbard was responsible for the Blue Waves' 14-0 halftime lead, scoring on a 3-yard pass from Cody Smith and then a 22-yard interception return just nine seconds later.

   Hubbard's third TD of the game came on a return down the sideline accompanied by a wall of blockers. "We set up a middle return and he caught it clean," Riverhead coach Leif Shay told MSG Varsity. "He broke toward our sideline and I was like, 'Just keep on running.' It was an unbelievable feeling and I just wanted him to stay in bounds on the sideline."

   Queensbury advances: Queensbury churned out 419 yards in 54 rushing attempts and beat tough-luck Cornwall 36-27 in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class A semifinals.

   Sophomore Brett Rodriguez rushed for 119 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Spartans, and Kody Bruno added 89 yards on nine carries. Nine Queensbury running backs carried the ball.

   Queensbury earned its first trip to the Carrier Dome since 1998 and will meet Williamsville North, a 27-14 winner over Union-Endicott. Cornwall's bid for a trip to Syracuse fell one win short for the third straight season, hampered by a running game that finished with just 32 yards on 17 carries.

   Playing without QB Mike White, who suffered an apparent dislocated right elbow in the second quarter, Cornwall had a chance to take the lead with 3:15 remaining after Moiset Santos' 3-yard TD cut the deficit to 28-27.

   Coach Marcus Hughes decided to go for the 2-point conversion and stuck with the decision even after Cornwall was moved back 5 yards for a whistled for a false start. Sophomore quarterback Jason Bailey's pass intended for Klayton Kelly was knocked away by Mitch Crispens in the end zone.

   White left after going down from a hit on a pitch play. The Marist College recruit entered the game with 2,393 passing yards, 24 touchdowns and just five interceptions. He rushed for five TDs in the Section 9 final and added three more to help Cornwall to a 34-7 win against Somers in the state quarterfinals.

   Big numbers: Chester junior QB Vinny Aloi tied a NYSPHSAA record by throwing seven TD passes in a 55-14 win over Moriah in the state Class D semifinals.

   Chester advanced to the state championship game against Randolph on Friday at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse. Randolph defeated Tioga 35-6 in the other football site

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   After missing on his first three passes, the second-year starter went 12-for-15 for 234 yards.

   "I give all the credit to my receivers, my linemen. I had all the time in the world to throw," Aloi told The Times Herald-Record. "It is incredible to tie a record like that, just incredible. It feels really good, but I'm focused on next week. I want that state championship. That's all that matters."

   Aloi, who has 20 TD passes for the season, threw three scores apiece to Brandon Sadlier and Lawrence Young. The Section 9 record for touchdowns in a game, previously held by Warwick's Rian White (2009) and Vincent Mortellaro of Middletown (2010), was six.

   Still alive: Williamsville North, the team that refused to die after an

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0-2 start, has made it to Syracuse. The Spartans beat Union-Endicott 27-14 in the Class A semis.

   Senior Ryan Majewski threw three touchdowns for Williamsville North, a seventh seed to start the Section 6 playoffs. He completed 9 of 15 passes for 204 yards.

   "Who would have thought that? Williamsville North going to the Dome," Majewski told The Buffalo News. "I don't know, but I couldn't ask for a greater group of guys to go there with. It's a dream come true for us."

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