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Friday, Nov. 29, 2013: Randolph, Babylon defend football championships

   Leading off today: Randolph defended its NYSPHSAA Class D football championship Friday with a 42-13 victory over Chester at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse.

   Game MVP Chris Doubek carried 26 times for 273 yards and three touchdowns in the win and broke the Section 6 record for rushing yards in a season. He scored on runs of 2 and 40 yards just 3:12 apart late in the first half to stake the Cardinals to a 27-7 lead en route to their 23rd consecutive victory and fourth state championship.

   Doubek also returned a punt 32 yards and a kickoff 61 yards.

   Mitchell Maycock was 5-for-7 for just 52 yards but a pair of TD passes. His 4-yard throw to tight end Bryce Morrison opened the scoring in the first quarter, capping a 10-play, 61-yard drive.

   Doubek concluded his season with 2,536 yards -- 89 better than the sectional mark previously held by Southwestern's Dustin Bowser since 2003.

   Babylon repeats: Defending champion Babylon overcame a string of Roosevelt big plays in the first half to rally to a 27-26 victory in the Long Island Class IV championship game at Hofstra University.

   Babylon QB Nick Santorelli (26-for-41, 286 yards, 3 TDs, 1 interception) connected with Jake Carlock (10 catches, 114 yards) for a 10-yard touchdown to pull within 26-20 midway through the third quarter. After a fumble recovery, the same pair combined for a 7-yard score with :17 left in the quarter.

   In the fourth, Babylon chewed up the clock with a 14-play drive to the Roosevelt 5 before turning the ball over on downs. Johnnie Akins, who became Nassau County's single-season rushing leader with 2,593 yards, carried for 22 yards on first down for Roosevelt, but Carlock intercepted a pass at midfield to seal Babylon's 24th consecutive win.

   Babylon dominated early, rolling up 316 yards in the first half including a 79-yard TD run by Ray Jones and a 54-yard TD pass by Robert Hansen to Justin Terry. A 69-yard TD run by Denzel Barnes sent Roosevelt into the intermission up 18-12, and Shamari Kirkpatrick brought back the opening kick of the second half 86 yards for a score and a 26-12 advantage.

   In the Class II final, Andrew Ris' halfback option pass to Nick Spillane for a TD late in the second quarter sparked Carey to a 20-6 triumph vs. Riverhead.

   QB Ray Catapano threw 24 yards to Ris for a TD late in the quarter for a 14-0 lead. Following a Riverhead three-and-out, Spillane returned a punt 38 yards to the Riverhead 35. Four plays later, Carey pulled off the halfback option play for the back-breaking score.

   Carey held Riverhead to 192 yards of offense.

   A first for Queensbury: Queensbury struck early and won its first state football championship, beating Williamsville North 36-7 in the NYSPHSAA Class A final.

   Queensbury took the opening kickoff and drove 12 plays and 56 yards on the ground, using six backs to carry the ball. Game MVP Chris Goudy (11 carries, 81 yards) carried for the TD on a 1-yard run.

   Queensbury then forced a three-and-out, and Kody Bruno raced in to block Chad Steinwachs' punt. Erik Wettersten snared it on a bounce and ran 14 yards for a TD and a 14-0 lead with 5:23 left in the first quarter.

   Williamsville North cut the lead in half, but a fumble after a 25-yard pass play in the second quarter was recovered by Queensbury's Tim Voorhis. It set up a 64-yard capped by Bruno's 9-yard TD carry for a 21-7 advantage.

   Queensbury held Williamsville North to 21 yards rushing on 26 attempts.

   Really, Rochester? Spare me the lecture about how policemen have a difficult and sometimes dangerous job. I'm well aware of that, as the son of one of my childhood football site

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friends was shot in the head while on patrol several years ago.

   Sometimes, though, officers perform their job in such a way so as to leave a stench, and I'm pretty sure we had just such an instance this week in Rochester when city police arrested three Edison Tech basketball players on disorderly conduct charges. The teens were waiting for a school bus downtown Wednesday to take them to a scrimmage, WROC-TV reported.

   In a statement disputed by the youths and one of their coaches, the Rochester Police Department said Raliek Redd, Deaquon Carelock and senior Wan'tauhjs Weathers were asked to move several times but didn't. They were arrested and subsequently released on $200 bail.

   "We're just regular kids trying to get to our game," said Weathers said. "Like (we're) not doing nothing wrong, we're not harassing nobody. We're not causing no trouble, no nothing."

   Coach Jacob Scott told the TV station he was threatened with arrest while trying to explain to the officers that they were simply waiting for their bus.

   Rochester School Superintendent Bolgen Vargas said he's looking into the matter.

   Exquisite detail: It's safe to say that Sports Illustrated generally does not devote 5,700 words to high school sports in print over the course of an entire year. This week, though, one of the amazing finishes in the history of New York and even U.S. basketball history got the star treatment from 'SI' basketball writer Alex Wolff.

   Wolff interviewed numerous players, coaches, officials and other observers in order to serve up the

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definitive account of last March's New Rochelle vs. Mount Vernon state basketball playoff. The game-ending play, on which New Ro's Khalil Edney scooped up an improbable loose ball and fired from far beyond midcourt to win the game, was captured by MSG Varsity and went viral with speed normally reserved from dramatic international events like tsunamis or declarations or war.

   Even if you know the basic story of the game, you don't know a bunch of the details supplied by Wolf, so take half an hour out of your day and give the story a look.

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