Leading off today:
Florida A&M has yanked full scholarships from two former New York boys high school basketball standouts who attended Westchester Community College, where an assistant coach has been fired amid a criminal investigation into transcript fraud, The Journal News
FAMU, already banned from postseason play by the NCAA because of academic performance issues, withdrew the scholarships of Jamell Walker, a former standout at Mount Vernon, and Damien Davis, a sought-after player from Wings Academy in the Bronx, the school told the paper. Both were dropped from the roster Thursday.
Westchester CC assistant coach Richard Fields was fired Oct. 16 after admitting he provided a phony transcript for Walker and forged the signature of an administrator on an eligibility form for Walker, said WCC spokesman Pat Hennessey.
"He manufactured a fake transcript," Hennessey said of Fields. "Jamell took one course here. The transcript said he earned a full degree and graduated."
Hennessey confirmed that the New York State Office of the Inspector General is aware of the situation. "No criminal charges have yet been filed," he said.
Fields denied meeting with WCC officials, being fired or knowing anything about transcript fraud allegations. Walker graduated from Mount Vernon in 2012 after leading the Knights to their sixth consecutive Section 1 Class AA championship.
Busy day: Your Friday wasn't nearly as action-packed as Zach Kolodny's Friday.
In the afternoon, Kolodny helped the Farmingdale boys soccer team defeat Uniondale 1-0 in the first round of the Section 8 Class AA tournament. In the evening, Kolodny made a 38-yard field goal with 16 seconds left for the Dalers in a 15-14 football win over MacArthur to cap off the homecoming game.
Earlier in the football game, he had a punt and extra point blocked. Trailing late, Farmingdale drove 61 yards in 2:36 to the MacArthur 21.
Speaking of late drama: Yorktown, ranked ninth in the state in Class A, kept its perfect season alive by beating Nyack 28-21 in the Section a Class A quarterfinals on Tim Forbes' touchdown run with :29 seconds to play.
"Seven-and-oh didn't mean anything right now," junior Nick Santavicca, who carried 22 times for 110 yards and two scores, told The Journal News. "We're in a new season, and right now we're 1-0."
Santavicca's 11-yard run on the 40-yard drive was the final play before Forbes' 1-yard scoring run.
Put your rally helmets on: Hamburg rallied from deficits of 21-3, 27-9 and 34-24 in the Section 6 Class A quarterfinals to score a 40-34 overtime win vs. Williamsville South.