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Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014: A tie in football? Yup, it happened

   Leading off today: If I had a nickel for every time a New York high school football game ended like this ... I'd probably have a nickel.

   Buffalo's Nichols School played Villanova (Ont.) to a 15-15 tie Saturday. If you think a tie in the current era of high school football is somewhat unusual, then you'll love how they arrived at that outcome.

   The Buffalo News reports Nichols led 15-14 when Villanova missed a 32-yard field goal with 29 seconds left. A Nichols player fielded the miss but was unable to bring the ball out of the end zone. Under Canadian rules, Villanova was awarded one point for the rouge.

   With Villanova treating the matchup as a scrimmage, the teams agreed to not play overtime.

   Sec. 1 showdowns: There were three head-to-heads Saturday in Section 1 between state-ranked teams:

    • In Class A, No. 12 Rye defeated No, 22 Sleepy Hollow 38-21 as Tim DeGraw caught two Andrew Livingston TD passes in the second half.

    Sleepy Hollow QB Joey Good had thrown for three touchdowns in the first half to build a 21-17 lead, but he was intercepted twice after halftime and faced constant pressure.

    "I was really proud of what we did in the second half, our adjustments," Rye coach Dino Garr told The Journal News. "They're a really talented team. Their quarterback is tough. They have some great athletes who can make things happen."

    Livingston, a Brown recruit, threw for 219 yards and carried 14 times for another 81.

    • In a rematch of the last two Section 1 Class B finals, defending champ No. 12 Pleasantville was limited to 113 yards of offense in a 23-0 loss to No. 6 Our Lady of Lourdes.

    • Bronxville, seventh in Class C this week, blanked Class D No. 7 Tuckahoe 23-0.

    Bronxville got on the scoreboard with converted soccer player Sam Connors' 43-yard field goal just before halftime, then Brendan Carty (110 yards on the ground) scored on the opening drive of the third quarter and Graham Klimley threw two TD passes to Charlie Tarry.

    Bronxville faces Class C No. 2 Rye Neck next weekend.

   Don't write Aquinas off yet: Terrance Richards ran 13 times for 90 yards and three TDs as Aquinas defeated Buffalo St. Joseph's 39-7. Junior QB Jamir Jones, a Division I prospect at linebacker, went 9-for-16 for 124 yards and a touchdown and added 65 yards on the ground in place of 2013 NYSSWA Class AA player of the year Jake Zembiec, who broke his non-throwing wrist last week.

   The Little Irish held St. Joseph's to 97 yards of total offense and recorded two safeties. football site

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   Carrying the load: How about these two efforts as examples of players putting their team on their back:

    • James Gerstner ran 23 times for 212 yards and five touchdowns and completed 11 of 13 passes for 229 yards and another touchdown to spark Mineola past Roosevelt 47-38 in Section 8 action. Gerstner ran for three TDs in the first quarter, including a 35-yard effort that opened a 20-12 lead.

    • Senior QB Justin Hoagland scored 41 of points in Whitehall's 63-0 rout of Fort Edward. Hoagland rushed for 175 yards and five touchdowns, returned the second-half kickoff for another, and kicked five extra points. He also passed for 163 yards and two more TDs, as well as two conversion passes to have a hand in 57 points.

   More eye-catching numbers: Michael Catanese completed all nine of his passes for 143 yards and two touchdowns as Carey beat Wantagh 40-7.

   Shalike Merchant of Westbury ran for 357 yards and three TDs in a 46-15 win over New Hyde Park.

   Receivers Jordan Brownell (Canajoharie, seven catches for 214 yards) and Michael Pasrasconda (Sewanhaka, six for 95) caught four TD passes apiece in victories.

   Nick Gallo ran for two touchdowns, made an interception return for another and threw a touchdown pass as Schalmont beat Albany Academy 55-0. The Sabres broke open a 6-0 game with 42 points in the third quarter.

   Extra points: Hackley lost 28-18 at Fieldston, ending its 11-game winning streak.

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