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Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013: Another year, another title for St. Anthony's

   Leading off today: St. Anthony's made it 14 CHSFL football championships in 21 seasons by defeating Chaminade 35-0 in the Class AAA final Saturday at Mitchel Athletic Complex.

   Greg Galligan threw for 137 yards and a 5-yard touchdown pass to Niam Jones, while also rushing for a 30-yard TD to open the scoring late in the first quarter. Junior running back Jordan Gowins rushed for 208 yards, including a 47-yard scoring burst on the first play from scrimmage in the third quarter to give the Friars a 14-0 lead.

   A year ago, Chaminade won its first championship since 1998 by defeating St. Anthony's 17-16.

   "I felt last year I choked a bit in this game and I felt I had to come out in this game and make a statement," Gowins told MSG Varsity.

   Said coach Rich Reichert: "I'm so happy for our seniors because I know the feeling. We've been waiting for this for a year."

   Just for kicks: A pair of title games is Section 8 came down to successful field-goal attempts as time expired.

   Dan Reiskin made a 27-yard field goal to give Lawrence a 28-27 win over Plainedge for its third straight Nassau Conference III championship at Hofstra University.

   Lawrence will take on Huntington next Saturday for the Long Island Class III title.

   Meanwhile, Zach made a 32-yarder on the final play to lift Farmingdale over Massapequa 29-26 for the Conference I championship.

   Massapequa had tied the game with 46 seconds left on a Jack Korber 7-yard TD pass but missed the extra point. Farmingdale then drove 48 yards to set up Kolodny's kick and advance the Dalers to Saturday's Long Island Class I game vs. William Floyd or Sachem North.

   Back to the Dome: Isaiah Zimmer rushed for 130 yards and two touchdowns to lead Chenango Forks past Cleveland Hill 22-0 to earn a spot in the NYSPHSAA Class C final vs. Rye Neck at the Carrier Dome next weekend.

   Chenango Forks is making its first trip to the final since 2007 and is looking for its first championship since 2004. Defense carried the day as Forks held the Eagles to 55 yards of offense and four first downs. Cleveland Hill turned the ball over four times.

   Defense also carried Rye Neck to its first trip to Syracuse. The Panthers blanked Hoosick Falls 14-0 for their sixth shutout of the season. They forced three turnovers and surrendered just 205 yards of offense.

   "Coach said to bend, but don't break," senior Matt Garcia told The Journal News after being selected the winners' most outstanding defensive player. "He said, 'You can let up 5-yard runs, 5-yard passes, and eventually they'll make a mistake and we'll capitalize.'"

   The outcome snapped the defending champion's winning streak at 24 games.

   Steamroller: Schalmont scored 60 first-half points and rolled into the Class B title game with a record-setting 66-0 victory over previously unbeaten Marlboro. The Sabres produced the largest winning margin in the history of the NYSPHSAA playoffs.

   "We didn't expect anything like that," Schalmont junior QB Ryan Gallo, who rushed for 72 yards and three touchdowns to go along with a touchdown pass, told The Times Union.

   Dom Friello and Devon Willis returned interceptions for touchdowns covering 9 and 36 yards, respectively, as the Sabres roared to a 20-0 lead 3:18 into the contest.


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Schalmont forced five first-half turnovers.

   Schalmont held 2,100-yard passer Ryan Cary to 2-for-13 passing, though he did run for 27 yards to eclipse 2,000 in a historic season.

   Wire to wire? Aquinas, the season-long No. 1 team in the NYSSWA's Class AA rankings will play for its sixth NYSPHSAA championship (but first in the largest classification) after beating Elmira 19-6 in horrible snow and cold in Rochester.

   Senior running back Luch Pietropaolo ran for two touchdowns and finished with 27 carries for 99 yards. Aquinas never trailed after Pietropaolo's 27-yard touchdown run up the middle early in the first quarter.

   "We have players all over the field," Pietropaolo told the Democrat and Chronicle. "When our offensive line gets a push, we are pretty good at running the ball. I knew that was going to be our gameplan, but we weren't really one-dimensional."

   Linebacker Charlie Rist paced the defense with 15 tackles. Seventy-six of Elmira's 148 yards of offense came on a 13-play scoring drive in the first quarter. A 3-yard run by Pietropaolo in the second quarter capped an 11-play, 79-yard drive to extend the Little Irish lead to 13-6.

   PSAL progress: Junior QB Joshua Rainey threw for three touchdowns to Devin Martin and ran for two as Tottenville outlasted Erasmus Hall 41-33 in the PSAL City Conference semifinals.

   The Pirates avenged last season's championship-game loss to Erasmus Hall as well as a 21-7 setback in the 2013 opener.

   "If Josh keeps playing like this, we cant be stopped," Martin told the New York Daily News.

   TD runs of 75 and 36 yards by Ohio State recruit Curtis Samuel staked Erasmus Hall to a 13-0 lead.

   Erasmus Hall recovered from a 14-13 deficit with a quick TD to open the third quarter, but Rainey found Martin for their second touchdown of the game less than a minute later.

   With the win, the Pirates will travel to Yankee Stadium to meet Abraham Lincoln in next week's final. Lincoln likely will have to play minus star defender Thomas Holley, who was ejected during a scuffle during the Railsplitters' 55-7 rout of Flushing.

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   Swimming highlights: Clarence swimmers broke one state mark and three Section 6 records during Saturday's New York championships at Ithaca College.

   Senior Dina Rommel, a Virginia recruit, was named the meet's outstanding performer after winning the 50-yard freestyle in a Section 6-record automatic All-America time of :23.13. She also won the 100 butterfly in :55.77 and was on the 400 freestyle relay that broke the state mark in 3:26.98.

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