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Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014: Canisius blanks Aquinas; Irish QB Zembiec hurt

   Leading off today: Senior Mitch Thomas finished with 11 carries for 162 yards and two TDs as host Canisius routed Aquinas 34-0 in non-league football action Saturday.

   The loss was especially costly for Aquinas as junior quarterback Jake Zembiec, state Class AA player of the year as the Little Irish won the 2013 state title, suffered a broken left (non-throwing) wrist when he was tackled early in the first quarter.

   Canisius QB Jakob Loucks ran for 111 yards, threw for 88 and accounted for a TD each way.

   "It feels good to take it to them," Loucks told The Buffalo News.

   Said Aquinas coach Chris Battaglia: "They won the game today. They were the better team.

   Canisius kicker Michael Tarbutt set a school record with a 52-yard field goal in the first half.

   Zembiec told the Democrat and Chronicle an X-ray confirmed the injury. He will see a doctor Monday to determine a possible time line for a return to the lineup.

   Two milestones: Walton coach Jim Hoover won his 300th game with a 20-6 victory vs. Harpursville.

   Dawson Beers had 18 carries for 106 yards and a touchdown, and Robert Merrill scored the game's first touchdown when he recovered a blocked punt in the end zone.

   Pat Hart ran 14 times for 221 yards in Fonda-Fultonville's 47-6 win over Cairo-Durham to break a very old school career yardage record. Mike Visscher's mark of 2,495 rushing yards stood for 34 years.

   Section 5 shootout: Rush-Henrietta QB Jared Gerbino ran for two touchdowns to spark Rush-Henrietta past Pittsford 41-34, putting the Royal Comets in the driver's seat in Rochester-area large-school football.

   Senior defensive back Fardan Allen returned in interception 90 yards for a touchdown during the first quarter and scored on a 59-yard carry.

   "It's a tale of one play," Pittsford coach Keith Molinich said of the pick-six play. "We decide to put the ball in the air inside their 10. Quarterback gets hit, the ball is returned for a touchdown. That's seven points for them and seven points we don't have. Mistakes will kill you and they killed us, but those are mistakes that can be fixed."

   Pittsford junior Josh Mack, a transfer from Gates Chili, finished with 264 yards on 23 carries, including a 68-yard touchdown run during the second quarter.

   Huge opening salvo: Plainedge junior Davien Kuinlan moved from running back to quarterback during the offseason, but his legs are still a highly dangerous asset.

   Kuinlan ran 33 times for 333 yards to lead Plainedge to a 43-33 win at Lynbrook in their Nassau Conference III opener. He broke two tackles en route to a 43-yard TD in the third quarter for a 29-15 lead.

   Kuinlan also completed 7 of 10 passes for 77 yards.

   Quote of the day: Archbishop Stepinac held Monroe-Woodbury to minus-5 yards off offense in the first half and

  
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three rushing yards for the game, defeating the 2013 NYSPHSAA Class A finalist 28-10.

   Junior Daniel Negron Negron rushed for one touchdown and senior QB Brandon Coleman added two more and 98 yards on the ground.

   M-W star running back Cole Gennett carried the ball just four times after being sick all week.

   "It wouldn't have mattered if we had Jim Brown back there," coach Bernie Connolly, a Stepinac grad, told The Journal News. "They kicked our (butts) up front on both sides of the ball."

   In other Section 9 vs. CHSFL action, Newburgh edged Holy Cross 34-33 in overtime. Aaron Forbes rushed for 212 yards and three touchdowns, and caught the game-winning score. Newburgh's Jarren O'Neill blocked the potential game-tying extra point to end the game.

   Newburgh played without running backs Anthony Dubose (840 yards, 12 TDs in 2013) and Natore Dennis (950 yards). The Times Herald-Record reported Dubose has been suspended indefinitely by Newburgh coach Bill Bianco and Dennis was kicked off the team on Friday.

   A few quick notes: Hoosick Falls beat Lake George/Hadley-Luzerne 41-0 to extend its winning streak against Section 2 opponents to 51 games.

   South Shore's 18-game winning streak ended with a 12-8 loss to New Utrecht in PSAL action.

   St. Anthony's lost 41-32 at Philadelphia's Father Judge despite 243 rushing yards and three TDs by Jordan Gowins.

   Ardsley's Adonis Carrasco carried just 13 times for 287 yards and four scores to beat Briarcliff/Hamilton 47-8.

   Scoreboard: Week 2's list of scores from around the state has been posted.


  
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