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Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014: Maine-Endwell wins Sec. 4 battle of No. 1 teams

   Leading off today: Kyle Balmer threw three touchdown passes to Michael Palmer to lift host Maine-Endwell to a 20-7 football victory over Chenango Forks before a crowd estimated at nearly 9,000 fans Friday.

   The Spartans, ranked No. 1 in Class B by the New York State Sportswriters Association, ran their winning streak to 44 games. Chenango Forks, which saw its 16-game win streak broken, is ranked No. 1 in Class C. Both are defending NYSPHSAA champions.

   The M-E touchdown passes covered 5, 28 and 12 yards, and the Spartans defense made them stand up by surrendering just six first downs in the second half.

   M-E led 14-7 when it took over at Forks' 32 courtesy of an Adam Gallagher interception early in the fourth quarter. On third-and-22, rolled left and lofted a deep pass that Palmer pulled down at the 5, and two plays later Balmer reeled in a tipped ball for a 12-yard TD.

   "Sometimes you have to have luck. We had some today," M-E coach Matt Gallagher, referring to the tipped touchdown pass, told the Press & Sun-Bulletin. "But I also think that we were able to do some of the things we always do."

   Henninger reaches 6-0: Syracuse Henninger tailback Najee Everson, who sat out last season, rushed for 221 yards on 35 carries and QB Romero Collier threw for two scores as the state's seventh-ranked Class AA team handled No. 17 Baldwinsville 26-14.

   Collier ran for a TD, and wideout Keisean Scott caught two touchdown passes and rushed for another out of the wildcat. Two of Henninger's four touchdowns came on fourth-down plays, the first on a fade from Collier to Scott into the corner of the end zone to get the Black Knights on the scoreboard.

   "He didn't play last year," Collier told Syracuse.com in reference to Everson. "He was with us in JV and freshman year. Then he took a year off. Now he's back, showing what he could do. He told me before the game, he said, 'After this game, everybody's going to know who I am.'"

   LeRoy wins showdown: Receiver Ryan McQuillen scored three touchdowns and LeRoy was able to grind out 335 yards to keep the ball away from the potent Bishop Kearney offense and beat the Kings 29-20 in their much-anticipated interclass contest.

   LeRoy is ranked second in the state in Class C and Kearney fourth in Class D.

   McMullen threw two touchdown passes to McQuillen, who tacked on a 3-yard scoring run with 8:00 remaining to put the game away. Kearney scored two touchdowns in the final 1:50.

   "We just have so many weapons this year," McQuillen told the Democrat and Chronicle. "We're finally clicking on every cylinder."

   LeRoy took the opening kickoff and drove 65 yards in 7:15 to McMullen's 16-yard TD pass to McQuillen. After Kearney turned the ball over on downs, he Oatkan Knights drove 70 yards, capped by a 2-yard run by junior Nick Egeling with 8:59 remaining in the second quarter.

   Oatkan Knights coach Brian Moran will try for career win No. 200 in Week 7 vs. Perry.

   Greece Athena on the move: Ta'Von Granison, moved from receiver to QB this week to replace the injured starter, rushed for 143 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries and completed 7 of 12 passes for 90 yards and two TDs for Greece Athena in a 23-15 win over No. 20 Brockport in Class A.

   Greece Athena improved to 5-1.

   Section 3 scoring bonanza: Alec Bush posted Homer's first four touchdowns and had six scores overall as the Trojans, ranked seventh in Class B, rolled past No. 25 Marcellus 61-30.

  
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   The senior tailback ran for five TDs and returned a blocked punt for the other, giving him 22 touchdowns through six games.

   Homer, which has outscored its opponents 374-58 this fall, finishes its regular season next week vs. Westhill, the state's 17th-ranked squad.

   Class D: The anticipated close Section 3 battle never materialized as No. 14 Dolgeville scored the first 28 points and coasted past No. 13 Morrisville-Eaton/Hamilton 41-14. Reid Johnson threw to Johann Doerrer for scores covering 35 and 36 yards in the first half, and Kasey Foster ran for three TDs.

   Jake Clar scored two touchdowns to help No. 7 Geneseo beat No. 19 Caledonia-Mumford 20-14 -- its first triumph against the Red Raiders since 1972.

   Dizzying pace: Queensbury's 62-12 win over South Glens Falls included an outlandish sequence of big plays in the first quarter. In succession:

    • With Queensbury already up 14-0, the Spartans' Tyrell Adams (three carries, 155 yards for the night) raced 97 yards on a carry to stretch the lead to 21-0.

    • John Styczynski of South Glens Falls then returned the kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown.

    • Brett Rodriguez of Queensbury responded with a 77-yard touchdown on the ensuing kickoff.

    Rodriguez's five TDs on the day included that kickoff return, a 62-yard punt return in the second quarter and a 77-yard romp with the second-half kickoff to conclude Queensbury's scoring. He rushed four times for 92 yards.

   More big numbers: Ryan Miller rushed for 260 yards and four TDs as Class C No. 3 Maple Grove/Chautauqua Lake beat Southwestern 32-8 in a potential preview of the Section 6 playoffs.

   Class B No. 2 Schalmont broke to a 50-0 lead in the first quarter of its 76-6 win over Hudson. Hunter Gac finished with eight carries for 159 yards and five first-quarter TDs.

   Class A No. 3 Eastridge scored on its first five offensive plays and then added a TD on a 53-yard punt return by C.J. Turner. The Lancers led Greece Olympia 34-0 in the first quarter and won 40-7, with Bobby Albritton rushing for 147 yards and three touchdowns on five carries.

   Chase DeLossantos had 24 carries for 284 yards and a pair of touchdowns to help Mechanicville top Watervliet 47-6.

   Extremes: Sophomore QB Dillon Janca threw four interceptions but also tossed six TD passes in Orchard park's 53-28 win over Lancaster. Janca finished 16 of 30 for 324 yards for the Quakers, ranked eighth in Class AA.

   Scoreboard: The Week 6 list of scores from around the state has been posted.


  
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