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Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014: New Rochelle survives late TD, wins in OT

   Leading off today: At first glance, it looks as though Friday was a terrible night for ranked teams in New York high school football.

   All told, 15 ranked squads lost. But once you look inside the numbers (as the NYSSWA's Steve Grandin did), the math isn't so awful. Twelve of the losses came to ranked teams, two others (Vestal and Babylon) came to opponents from larger classes and the 15th (Broadalbin-Perth) got taken down by an unbeaten honorable mention.

   All in all, no reason to panic.

   Wild ending: After allowing a touchdown and 2-point conversion on the final play of regulation, No. 7 New Rochelle edged No. 24 John Jay East Fishkill 21-14 in a very strange overtime on a 2-yard run by senior Jonathan Forrest (29 carries, 166 yards, 3 TDs).

   The Huguenots' winning drive in OT started at the 10-yard line rather than the 20, which is supposed to be the line of scrimmage in extra time, The Journal News reported. John Jay was then given the same starting spot, but New Ro stopped the Patriots on fourth-and-goal at the 7.

    Another injury: Maine-Endwell beat Norwich 42-7 for its 41st win in a row, but the three-time defending state champs may have lost another quarterback.

   Kevin Barrett was 2-for-4 for 43 yards and a touchdown in the first half before an unspecified injury kept him on the sidelines in the second half, the Press & Sun-Bulletin reported.

   He was replaced by Drew Gallagher, who went 2-for-2 for 75 yards and a TD. Gallagher ran for a 75-yard touchdown in the first quarter and intercepted two passes on defense.

   Maine-Endwell played last week without Week 1 quarterback Kyle Balmer, who was sidelined with a hand injury.

   Streak over: The state's second-longest active win streak ended when Class A Shoreham-Wading River edged Class B No. 7 Babylon 9-7. Babylon had won 25 consecutive games.

   S-WR forced three turnovers, and running back Chris Rosati carried 20 times for 111 yards and his team's touchdown.

   More Class B: Schuylerville knocked off No. 9 Broadalbin-Perth 36-20 on the strength of Josh Thomas' 143 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. Junior quarterback Will Griffen added 128 yards and one rushing score.

   Potent L.I. offense: Junior Jack Cassidy threw for two TDs and ran for another on No. 20 Connetquot's first three possessions of a 47-21 win over No. 12 Sachem North in Class AA action.

   Connetquot opened a 28-0 lead on Cassidy's 7-yard scoring strike to Bryan Ramirez early in the second quarter.

   "We lost a heartbreaker to them last year in the playoffs," center Josh Gutierrez told Newsday. "It stayed with us through the wrestling season and into our spring and summer workouts. ... Our energy was unbelievable before the game and my brothers came to play. This was an enormous win against a great program."

   Cassidy finished with 141 all-purpose yards, and Jack Richardson ran 16 times for 133 yards and a trio of TDs.

    Indian River rolls: Indian River rode five takeaways and senior QB Densel Barnes's 182 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns to roll past Carthage 42-20 to avenge a loss in the 2013 Section 3 finals.

   Carthage is ranked sixth and Indian River 14th in Class A.

   "The loss in the Dome was definitely a big one, and basically, our whole season revolves around that loss," Indian River senior Connor Brown told the Watertown Daily Times.

   Barnes came up with an interception on Carthage's first possession, and two plays later Brown busted through the middle for 43 yards for a touchdown. Later in the quarter, Anthony DeMarco picked off a pass and ran it back 45 yards for a touchdown to increase lead to 21-7.

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    • No. 5 Sweet Home stormed past No. 15 North Tonawanda 39-15 as Kevin Torrillo threw three touchdown passes and senior Jordan Evert accounted for three scores, including a 75-yard kickoff return after North Tonawanda took a 7-0 lead. UB commit Brandon Smiley scored twice.

   Sweet Home went ahead 32-15 with :04 left in the third quarter as Torrillo hit Evert for an 18-yard score.

    • QB Jason Bailey went 15-for-23 for 248 yards and three TDs in the first half, starting No. 2 Cornwall to a 20-7 win over Marlboro, ranked 17th in Class B. Bailey finished with 286 yards.

   "Jason is very driven and he always seems to thrive when the game is close," receiver Kobie Thomas told the Times Herald-Record after catching seven passes for 53 yards and a TD.

    Small-school action: Hunter Peterson returned the opening kickoff 84 yards to spark Southwestern, ranked 19th in Class C, defeated No. 17 Cleveland Hill 37-18. Nick Swanson rushed for 97 yards, scored twice and made 12 tackles on defense.

   In Class D, No. 15 Ticonderoga dominated No. 4 Moriah 31-0. The Sentinels outgained Moriah 317 yards to 128. Konner Bruce carried 18 times for 185 yards and two TDs.

    Dramatic finish in Sec. 6: Nick Foster scored with no time left, but Maryvale broke up a pass on the 2-point conversion with an Eric Graham deflection and edged Amherst 8-6.

    Milestone: Tioga junior Jesse Manuel is the school's new career rushing leader, breaking a 34-year-old school mark in a 56-6 rout of Candor.

   Manuel, who scored two TDs on the ground and one on a pass, ran for 210 yards to reach 4,238 yards for his career. He surpassed the previous school mark of 4,223 by Brian Dougherty in 1980.

   Manuel also made four receptions for 65 yards.

    More big numbers: Averill Park outlasted Amsterdam 58-56 after having never led until the fourth quarter. Trailing 56-50 late in the fourth quarter, Garret Ryan scored on 4-yard run and Tim Vermilya added the 2-point conversion.

   Ryan finished with 22 carries for 178 yards and three TDs. Amsterdam's Bryan Stanavich carried 25 times for 305 yards and caught six balls for 128 yards. He finished with five TDs.

    • Junior Dillon Philmon ran for 306 yards and five TDs on 30 carries as Hilton beat Spencerport 56-27.

    • General Brown's Ryan Cumberbatch scored five touchdowns, including one on an interception return, to beat Watertown Immaculate Heart Central 62-6. He scored on runs of 41, 32 and 65 yards, and a 21-yard catch.

    • Devyn Nelsen rushed for 281 yards on 22 carries and scored three times as Randolph earned a 41-12 win over Cattaraugus-Little Valley.


  
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