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Friday, Nov. 14, 2014: Syosset, Baldwin reach Nassau I football final

   Leading off today: William Hogan threw for 273 yards, ran for 150 more and had a hand in five touchdowns Thursday to carry Syosset to a 36-30 upset of East Meadow in the Nassau I football semifinals at Hofstra.

   Hogan's 27-yard throw to Michael Elardo with 11 seconds left for his third TD pass of the game was the winning play. The two also combined for a 64-yarder in the third quarter. The winning drive included a 26-yard run by Hogan and a 15-yard pass to Ian Berg on fourth-and-8 at the Jets' 42.

   Elardo caught seven passes for 164 yards, raising his season total to 1,232 receiving yards, good for fourth in state history on the single-season list.

   The Braves closed to within 30-28 when Hogan (21 carries, two TDs) dashed 43 yards on a quarterback draw in the first minute of the fourth quarter.

   Syosset's opponent in the Section 8 final will be Baldwin, which blanked Massapequa 35-0 as Matt Eberhart rushed for 171 yards and four touchdowns.

   The Bruins ran for 340 yards. Eberhart scored three touchdowns in the second half to break the contest open beginning with a 15-yard pitch play for a score on the fourth play after halftime.

   Canisius coasts: Jakob Loucks threw for three scores and Solomon Renfro ran for two as Canisius, the state's top-ranked Class AA team, crushed St. Francis 62-19 in the Monsignor Martin Association semifinals at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

   St. Francis pulled into a 13-13 tie in the second quarter before Loucks (6-for-10, 152 yards) threw touchdown passes of 71 yards to Justin Jones, 9 yards to Dave Thomas and 38 to Josh Huffman. Jacob Chaas returned a botched punt 21 yards for a TD and a 41-13 halftime lead.

   Heroin arrest: A JV wrestling coach and substitute teacher in the Rush-Henrietta school district was one of two men hit with felony drug charges after a routine traffic stop Thursday.

   Matthew S. Champion, 30, of Scottsville, whom R-H officials said stopped coaching after last season, and Treshaun M. Tucker, 20, of Rochester, were both charged with two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a felony, with one of the counts alleging an intent to sell, New York State Police told the Democrat and Chronicle.

   Champion, who won Section 5 wrestling championships in 2001 and '02, was driving a pickup truck about 9:40 p.m. when he was stopped for a traffic violation, police said. The State Police trooper spotted an open coffee cup in the truck's door, which allegedly held numerous red wax envelopes commonly used to package heroin, a straw with heroin residue and other materials typically used in drug packaging, the report said.

   During the stop, Champion allegedly admitted to snorting heroin two to four hours before he was pulled over, the paper reported.

  

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  •    Champion and Tucker were both remanded to the Monroe County Jail. Champion is being held on $15,000 bail and Tucker is being held on $50,000 bail.

       Federation fields: Here's the rundown of the teams that will be competing Saturday in the Federation Cross Country Championships at Bowdoin Park in Wappingers Falls.

       Boys: Archbishop Molloy, Bayport-Blue Point, Brighton, Brooklyn Tech, Chaminade, Collegiate, Corning, East Aurora, Fordham Prep, Guilderland, Ithaca, McKee/Staten Island Tech, Midwood, Mount Academy, Pittsford Mendon, Sachem North, St. Anthony's, St. Joseph's, Shenendehowa, Stuyvesant, Sweet Home, Syosset, Tappan Zee, Ward Melville, Warwick Valley, Williamsville North and Xavier.

       Girls: Bronxville, Brooklyn Tech, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, Cardozo, Corning, Cornwall, East Aurora, Elmira, Guilderland, Hackley, Immaculata Academy, Kellenberg, LaGuardia, McKee/Staten Island Tech, Monroe-Woodbury, Niskayuna, North Shore, Sachem East, St. Anthony's, St. John the Baptist, Saratoga, Shenendehowa, Staten Island Notre Dame Academy, Syosset, Syosset Our Lady of Mercy, Suffern, West Genesee.

       More championships: Time Warner Cable SportsChannel will show six NYSPHSAA football quarterfinals to portions of the state on Saturday and six soccer title games to most of the state on Sunday, the New York State Public High School Athletic Association announced.

       The list of games, times and channels is available at NYSPHSAA.org.

       Also on the site, you can view the weekend's girls volleyball schedule at the Glens Falls Civic Center.


      
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