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Monday, Nov. 10, 2014: Utica ND quarterback dazzles in Section 3 final

   Leading off today: Utica Notre Dame QB Kevin Warmack caught a touchdown pass, threw to Joe Sullivan for a score as the second quarter ended, and scored on 47- and 74-yard runs in the second half to key a 32-20 win over Herkimer in the Section 3 Class C football championship Sunday.

   The win avenged a 28-24 loss in Week 5.

   "We wanted this opportunity," Warmack told The Observer-Dispatch. "We wanted the rematch. We knew we could beat them and we came out and proved it."

   Jack Heaton's 73-yard touchdown run with an option pitch opened the scoring, and the Jugglers took an 18-8 halftime lead when Jerome Brabham threw a 19-yard pass to Warmack, who also ran 32 times for 245 yards.

   "Kevin can't surprise me, not anymore," Notre Dame junior Joe Flynt said. "He's just amazing. He's our Superman."

   Herkimer junior QB Mitchell Scherer rushed for 272 yards and two touchdowns on 35 carries.

   Furious finish: Syracuse Henninger scored on five straight possessions in the second half and routed Liverpool 44-7 for the Section 3 Class AA championship at the Carrier Dome.

   Three of the scores came on throws from Romero Collier to receiver Keisean Scott, advancing Henninger to the NYSPHSAA quarterfinals vs. Corning. Collier was 0-for-6 passing with one interception in the first half. He went 5-for-12 for 85 yards and three TDs in the second half. Scott caught four balls for 66 yards.

   Costly win: Grand Street Campus scored a 20-0 win over Canarsie in PSAL action, but the state's 21st-ranked football team lost star quarterback Justin "Lefty" White on the first drive of the second half, The Daily News reported.

   White was eventually diagnosed with a concussion that left him benched for the remainder of the game, and he will miss at least one playoff game.

   "It'll hurt, but we just have to keep moving forward," Grand Street coach Bruce Eugene said. "Like I always say, if one goes down the next man has to step in.

   Despite ending the season at 9-1, Grand Street will enter the postseason as the No. 5 seed, missing out on a bye.

   "We don't need a first-round bye anyway," Eugene said. "We're just playing win or go home football from here on out."

   Suspended: School officials at Canisius, the state's top-ranked Class AA football team said in a release Monday that standout fullback and linebacker Brad Zaffram is suspended from the team and will miss the entire postseason, The Buffalo News reported.


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  •    The Crusaders open the Monsignor Martin Association playoffs vs. St. Francis in the semifinals Thursday at Ralph Wilson Stadium. The announcement cited a "violation of school rules."

       Zaffram was third-team all-state for Sweet Home in 2012 and a fourth-team selection after his transfer to Canisius last season.

       Saturday action: There were a couple of monster efforts on Long Island Saturday that I did not get an opportunity to mention yet.

        Jack Coan was 21-for-27 for 308 yards and passed for all seven touchdowns for Sayville in a 49-6 rout of Harborfields in the Suffolk III quarterfinals. Coan's seven TDs tied the Long Island record set by Lawrence's Joe Capobianco in 2011 and gave him 34 scoring passes this season.

        Thomas Walsh completed 17 of 25 passes for 267 yards and six touchdowns as St. Anthony's topped Holy Cross 49-20 in a CHSFL Class AAA quarterfinal. Rob McCann made five catches -- all for touchdowns -- for 143 yards.

       Scoreboard: The Week 10 list of scores from around the state has been posted, as has the rundown of how ranked teams fared.

       Extra points: Red Jacket senior Kory Fogarty, who was over 1,500 yards for the season and 4,000 for his career, suffered a broken leg in Saturday's 52-6 win over Avon in Section 5's Class D state qualifier game. He was first-team all-state a year ago.

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