Leading off today:
Defending Section 6 Class AA football champion Jamestown defeated Sweet Home 35-28 on Saturday, snapping the Panthers' 39-game home winning streak.
Junior QB Nikkolas Holland threw three of his five touchdown passes in the fourth quarter and finished 230-for-40 for 294 yards and a pair of interceptions. Zack Panebianco caught 12 balls for 173 yards and two TDs.
Holland and Panebianco hooked up for Jamestown's final points with 5:39 left on a 10-yard TD pass and then a one-handed grab for the 2-point conversion.
Jamestown's Stephen Carlson, a first-team all-state receiver last fall, caught four passes for 58 yards and a touchdown and also picked off a pair of passes less than three minutes in the fourth quarter.
Sweet Home hadn't lost at home since dropping a 21-14 decision to Williamsville East in Week 2 of the 2006 season. The Panthers' 69-game win streak vs. Section 6 opponents ended against Williamsville North in the sectional Class A final last season.
"First and foremost we beat a really good football team that's got a ton of talent and that is coached by probably the best football coach in Western New York in John Faller," Jamestown coach Tom Lamgworthy told The Buffalo News, "and the other thing is we had to battle today. We had to fight through some adversity and our character was tested. Things were pretty down there the second and third quarter. We battled back. When you see that happen, it makes you proud as a coach."
More Section 6: Maple Grove/Chautauqua Lake ended Randolph's 23-game winning streak 24-12. Randolph is the two-time defending NYSPHSAA Class D champion.
Six of one, half a dozen of the other: We spotted a trio of five-touchdown performances by players on Friday. Saturday brought us at least two who went one better.
Geno Brancati of Hudson Falls and Nick Golembieski of Cicero-North Syracuse scored six touchdowns apiece during victories.
Brancati rushed for 257 yards in a 42-26 win over Cobleskill. Four of his TDs came in the second half, including a back-breaker from 15 yards out with 1:09 to go.
Golembieski ran for 305 yards as the Northstars downed Fayetteville-Manlius 42-28 at the Carrier Dome. He scored on carries of 19, 30, 31, 2, 45 and 52 yards and closed out Week 1 with a 39-yard carry before being knocked out of bounds at the FM 15 with just a few seconds left in the game.
The game may have been costly for both teams.