Leading off today:
Stephen Carlson caught a touchdown pass from Nikk Holland, intercepted two -- one of which he returned for a touchdown -- and led No. 4 Jamestown
to a 19-0 win over No. 7 Orchard Park in a battle of highly ranked Section 6 Class AA football teams Friday.
Orchard Park, which had been averaging 51.5 points a game, played without standout running back Terius Wheatley. The Quakers' deepest penetration was to the Jamestown 19.
Carlson finished with five catches for 113 yards, including the 41-yard TD from Holland for a 6-0 lead late in the first quarter. He intercepted a pass to set up Holland's 1-yard scoring run just before the half and tacked on a 55-yard pick six midway through the third quarter.
Holland completed 11 of 28 passes for 177 yards and was picked off twice. He also rushed 21 times for 93 yards and a TD.
At the other end of the state: Archbishop Stepinac, ranked second in Class AA, beat No. 14 St. Anthony's 38-21 for its first win over the Friars since 1983.
Gavin Heslop returned a second-quarter interception 67 yards for a 17-10 lead, and Tyquan Ennis ran 57 yards for a touchdown with 3:55 to go in the third quarter.
"If he played offense every down, he'd be unbelievable, but we need him more on defense," Stepinac coach Mike O'Donnell said of Ennis.
Heslop added to the fireworks with a 28-yard TD run for a 31-21 lead, and Malcolm Major closed it out with a 51-yard TD run with 8:55 to go.
More Class AA: Mike Matheson made a 21-yard field goal for a 16-14 lead in the fourth quarter and the Victor defense made it stand up the rest of the way vs. No. 24 Pittsford.
Elsewhere, No. 25 Scarsdale worked overtime for a 38-26 win over Rye, ranked 11th in Class A.
Decisive Q'bury win: Top-ranked Queensbury routed No. 8 Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake 42-0, sending the Spartans to their first home loss since 2005 and confirming the defending NYSPHSAA Class A champs are in line for a return trip to the Carrier Dome on Thanksgiving weekend.
Queensbury ran 57 times for 363 yards and six touchdowns. The defense limited the Spartans to 114 yards of offense.
In Section 2's other key Class A game, Amsterdam rolled to its fourth straight win with a 43-28 verdict vs. No. 23 Bishop Maginn. Junior running back Bryan Stanavich rushed for 263 yards and three touchdowns, caught a pass for a score and also made an interception.
"I can't say enough adjectives about Bryan Stanavich," Amsterdam coach Doug Edick told The Times Union.
From Section 3: No. 19 Whitesboro rolled past No. 13 Carthage 31-0 in what was expected to be a Class A nail-biter. Travis Eberly scored two rushing TDs and Mike Cirasuolo tacked on a 73-yard rushing TD.
In Class B, No. 3 Cazenovia dominated No. 6 Oneida 64-18 and seventh-ranked Homer routed No. 15 Westhill 47-13. The results set up a coin toss Sunday for the two winners to decide top seed in sectionals.
Homer's Alec Bush carried for 309 yards and two second-half touchdowns to lead the Trojans, who in the early going found themselves trailing for just the second time this season. Homed led by just 13-6 at the half on touchdown passes of 7 and 65 yards from Drew Cottrell to Jayden Gavidia.
Cazenovia surrendered a 67-yard punt return by Brad Mallinder for a touchdown and then scored the next 43 points of the first half to take command. Cazenovia running back Dan Phillips ran for TDs of 83 and 52 yards, and QB Keaton Ackermann passed for one TD and ran for two more.
Controversial finish: The Section 9 Class B showdown between No. 16 Marlboro and No. 19 Burke Catholic will be remembered for a long time -- and for the wrong reason.
Marlboro won 23-16 after a sure-thing, 75-yard TD by Burke with 3:00 to go was called back on a penalty that rated somewhere between unusual and unprecedented.