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Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014: Injuries continue to plague Maine-Endwell

   Leading off today: Something's got to give at Maine-Endwell. Though the Spartans ran their football winning streak to 42 games Saturday with a 36-0 victory vs. Owego, the injuries to key players continue to pile up.

   The latest injuries were to two-way starters Trent Story and Drew Gallagher, both early in the first quarter. The Press & Sun-Bulletin reported Story suffered a dislocated left ankle and a leg fracture as he was tackled following a 19-yard run on M-E's opening drive. Gallagher injured his right shoulder on a run during M-E's second play from scrimmage and was to be evaluated this weekend for a possible separated shoulder or broken collarbone.

   M-E was playing minus its top two quarterbacks, both injured in previous games, but Adam Gallagher (124 yards) ran for two touchdowns and Michael Palmer returned a punt for a score and also caught a Kevin Barrett pass for a TD.

   Owego had its own injury problem, with QB Logan Neira KO'd in the second quarter by a dislocated right ankle following a short run. Indians coach Steve Virkler said Neira may have also suffered a leg fracture.

   "We can't be any more proud of these guys," M-E coach Matt Gallagher said. "Losing those two guys, and it's not even that, the brutality of (Story's) injury fighting through that, they responded. Then an Owego player goes down, unfortunately it took the fun out of high school football today."

   Island surprise: No. 8 Farmingdale was the day's most noteworthy Class AA casualty as Nick DeLuca ran 16 times for 204 yards and a TD in unbeaten Baldwin's 26-10 upset of the Dalers. Jonathan Debique capped a long scoring drive a 1-yard touchdown run with six minutes remaining to put Baldwin up 20-10.

   No. 4 Rush-Henrietta narrowly avoided falling to previously unbeaten Webster Thomas. Reggie Robinson scored on a 1-yard run with 3:40 remaining and Jared Gerbino kicked the extra point as the Royal Comets edged Webster Thomas 21-20.

   Webster Thomas then drove to the R-H 31 before being stopped on downs.

   In another close call, No. 13 Monroe-Woodbury edged Newburgh Free Academy 27-21 by scoring three first-quarter TDs and then hanging on.

   Slugfest of the day: Nick Davis' last-gasp pass of 6 yards to Sam Bulman for a touchdown with no time left saved Class A No. 24 Vestal from a second straight loss by beating Binghamton 56-53. The Golden Bears' eighth TD of the game concluded a 62-yard drive -- with two fourth-down conversions -- that began with 1:02 remaining after Binghamton scored on Matt Pringle's 23-yard run.

   Vestal trailed 18-0 midway through the first quarter and then rattled off 22 consecutive points.

   The end of the Sachem rivalry game was every bit as dramatic as that Section 4 battle.

   Sachem East pulled out a 35-33 win as a Sachem North 2-point conversion attempt failed with no time remaining.

   Ryan Leone's 56-yard TD run with 3:00 remaining and the extra point put Sachem East up 35-27. On Sachem North's ensuing possession, Mike Licata scored on an 8-yard run as time expired.

   Licata's pass fell incomplete on the conversion attempt, preserving East's first win in the series since 2005.

   Leone ran 22 times for 227 yards and two TDs.

   Key Section 1 developments: Bronxville, ranked seventh in Class C, was impressive in its 40-19 triumph against No. 2 Rye Neck, the defending sectional champ.

   "I think we have our swagger back," senior quarterback Graham Klimley told MSG Varsity after going 7-for-14 for 189 yards and two TDs. "We have the mentality that no one can stop us in the section now and we will take it into playoffs and see where we can go from there. But I'm very confident in this team."

  
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   Rye Neck's Jake Sevean and Dom Brescia each took kickoffs back for touchdowns in the first half, but Bronxville scored the only 21 points of the second half.

   Klimley hit Brendan Walsh for a 48-yard touchdown with 5:05 remaining in the third quarter to give Bronxville the lead for good.

   In Class A, No. 16 Somers came away with a 26-21 win against No. 9 John Jay Cross River.

   Tyler DeVito took a reverse 60 yards for a touchdown on a 4th-and-17 snap with 3:06 left to give Somers the lead, and then Matt Morgante then intercepted a pass at the 5 to seal the win.

   "Their offense is like 'Star Wars,' and I don't know how much longer we could have held them," Somers coach Tony DeMatteo told The Journal News as he explained the fourth-down gamble. "In three minutes, they were going to move the ball, so I figured it was sink or swim."

   Utica ND still rolling: Senior QB Kevin Warmack ran 27 times for 294 yards and scored on runs of 13, 5, 39 and 7 yards as Utica Notre Dame, ranked eighth in Class C, beat No. 12 Sherburne-Earlville 28-12.

   Warmack has 799 yards and 11 touchdowns heading into the Week 5 showdown with No. 10 Herkimer.

   "It's frustrating because there are times when you think you have him and he just slides off and keeps going," S-E coach Mike Jasper told the Observer-Dispatch. "He's a very tough kid, too. People make the mistake of thinking he is all speed and flash, but if he's going to lower his shoulders, he will."

   More Section 3 football: Morrisville-Eaton/Hamilton's Nick Christman scored five touchdowns to lead the Warriors to a 44-14 upset of Class D No. 13 Westmoreland. Bryce Belanger touchdown passes to Logan Bailey and Brad Smalley staked M-E/H to a 12-0 lead in the first quarter.

   More big efforts: Guilderland QB Andrew Sentz was 12-for-13 for 198 yards and also rushed for 102 yards to beat Albany 57-7.

   Sayville quarterback Jack Coan was 21-for-25 for 344 yards and four touchdowns to beat Westhampton 46-21. Kevin Murphy made six catches for 178 yards and two touchdowns.

   Josh Mack finished with 306 yards on 25 carries and had five touchdowns for Class AA No. 9 Pittsford in a 54-29 win over Hilton. The junior's scoring plays included runs of 79 and 80 yards.

   This week's odd Nichols score note: A week ago, we told you how Buffalo's Nichols School ended up playing a 15-15 tie with a Canadian school, surrendering a rouge in the final minute.

   This week, we can report Nichols trailed by an improbable 4-0 score before rallying to beat Finney/Northstar 34-12. Nichols surrendered safeties in the first quarter on a snap through the back of the end zone and in the second quarter when a ball carrier was taken down in the end zone.

   Scoreboard: The Week 4 list of scores from around the state has been posted. Here's how the ranked teams fared.


  
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