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Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014: No. 4 New Rochelle too much for Scarsdale

   Leading off today: New Rochelle tightened its grip on the driver's seat in Section 1 Class AA with an all-around effort and 27-0 football victory over Scarsdale on Saturday.

   New Rochelle entered the game ranked fourth and Scarsdale 14th according to the New York State Sportswriters Association, but the Huguenots never slowed after Jonny Forrest's 18-yard touchdown run for a 6-0 lead late in the first quarter.

   Forrest ran five times for 87 yards before leaving with a possible knee sprain in the second quarter. He set up his TD with a 44-year run early in the drive.

   Scarsdale played without five starters, including running back/receiver James Nicholas, who scored both touchdowns last year when the Raiders scored a rare win over New Rochelle.

   "We all wanted the shutout bad," senior defensive tackle Corey Holder told The Journal News. "We got redemption for last season. They beat us 14-7. It was embarrassing for us, the first loss to Scarsdale in 24 years. It was devastating."

   More Class AA: Senior halfback Isaiah White piled up 273 yards and a TD on 33 carries as 19th-ranked Longwood edged No. 11 Connetquot 14-13 on Long Island.

   The Lions went on an 11-play, 85-yard march to take a 14-7 lead as Marquis Simpson capped the drive with a 20-yard TD pass to Malcolm Stowe on third-and-5.

   Connetquot's Jack Cassidy scored on a 1-yard run with 6:41 left to pull within 14-13, but Stowe charged untouched through the line to force the extra-point kick to go wide.

   "Every week is a statement game for us," first-year Longwood coach Jeff Cipp told Newsday. "We were a 3-6 team last year and I want them to take it one game at a time and not look forward and not look back. I'm very proud of these guys to come out and beat the top-ranked team on Long Island."

   Close call: Playing its fourth straight road game, Canisius kept its grip on the No. 1 ranking among New York large schools with a 21-14 win vs. Columbus (Ohio) Bishop Watterson on a muddy field.

   Senior Mitch Thomas (159 yards) scored on a 22-yard run and safety A.J Satcher made two interceptions.

   A loss would have made it a difficult decision what to do with Canisius in the rankings. Watterson plays in Division IV (Ohio has seven divisions) and is just 1-6, but the Eagles are 1-3 against competition from larger classes, and the five in-state losses are to teams with a combined 27-8 record.

   Next up for Canisius is a home game against Youngstown (Ohio) Cardinal Mooney, a Division IV team that stands at 4-2 after its bye week.

   "We knew this would be a tough stretch in our schedule," Canisius coach Rich Robbins told The Buffalo News. "This is a very unique challenge for a high school program. With the exceptional opponents, and the hostile environments we've played in, to still be undefeated, I'm very proud of the kids."

   Perfectly fine: After losing to Whitehall last week, Class D No. 10 Cambridge/Salem rode its quarterback's accuracy to a 49-14 win vs. Warrensburg.

   Ethan English finished 9-for-9 for 233 yards and four touchdowns. The Indians offense finished with 470 yards

  
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on just 34 snaps, with Caleb Rowland catching two TDs and running for two more on carries of 47 and 31 yards.

   More big numbers: Junior quarterback Brandon Broccoli threw five TD passes to senior Alex Reznicek as each set a school mark for scores in Clinton's 48-40 win over Hannibal.

   Broccoli completed 19 of 31 passes for a school-record 407 yards, and Reznicek set a team mark with 252 yards on his eight catches. The two clicked for scores of 52, 29 and 65 yards to build a 20-0 lead in the first quarter.

   Williamsville South beat Kenmore East 39-14 as QB Sam Castronova and receiver Matt Foster hooked up on four TD passes for the second week in a row. Castronova was 15-for-22 for 232 yards.

   A fitting score: On the day that Shoreham-Wading River retired Tom Cutinella's No. 54 jersey, his teammates rolled to a -- what else? -- 54-0 victory vs. Wyandanch.

   The Wildcats were playing their first game since Cutinella died after a collision with a John Glenn player during a game Oct. 1.

   "It's a nice thing that happened," coach Matt Millheiser said of the score. "It's not something we were shooting for. It wasn't a goal or anything like that. It came about kind of on its own."

   Once the score became 42-0 early in the second half, S-WR took a knee on its last two extra-point tries and ran conservatively with the second unit to run out the clock.

   A facsimile of Cutinella's jersey hung from the press box, and S-WR players wore a "54" patch on his helmet as well as a navy blue towel with "54" in gold. Wyandanch players wore black wristbands with white 54 numerals, and every Wyandanch player took part in the pre-game coin toss at midfield, presenting white flowers to the Shoreham-Wading River captains and coaches.

   "One of the things we learned through this whole thing is that the football family is not just here in Shoreham or there in Wyandanch," Millheiser told Newsday. "It's been county-wide, and we've been getting calls from all over. Football really is a family."

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


  
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