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Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014: Sections 9 and 2 dominate football quarterfinals

   Leading off today: There was a time when Section 1 football wailed on Section 9 with the same zest John Bonham displayed while laying down a beat for Led Zep on "When the Levee Breaks." (Sorry, I know that's an old guy's reference. But, hey, I'm old.)

   As Josh Thomson of The Journal News noted in his weekend preview of the NYSPHSAA quarterfinals, that domination ended three years ago, and now the turnaround is complete. Section 9 swept four games from its downstate rival over the weekend, setting up an all 9 vs. 2 schedule in next weekend's semifinals.

   Though none of this weekend's win were overly decisive -- the combined score of the four games was 135-82, Section 9 extended its record to 13-5 vs. Section 1 over the past four seasons. Section 1 had been 68-13 from 1993-2010.

   The nail-biter of the weekend for Section 9 was Cornwall's 21-17 win over Rye in Class A to kick off Saturday's action. Junior Jason Bailey connected with Tyler Peddie for the game-winning touchdown on a 15-yard screen pass with 3:01 remaining and Cornwall held off a late Rye drive to seal the win. Linebacker Quinn Zsido picked off a pass at the Cornwall 10 with :45 to play.

   Rye QB Andrew Livingston, the Section 1 leader in career passing yards, threw his first three interceptions of the year.

   Monster performance: Mike DoCarmo's 326 rushing yards on 32 carries and seven touchdowns carried Millbrook to a 42-23 Class C win over Woodlands.

   DoCarmo ran for four touchdowns and added another on a 25-yard screen pass before halftime. He built on the 30-8 lead with two more rushing TDs in the second half.

   "We had a truck running us over," Falcons coach Mike Meade told The Journal News. "We had kids in position, but they just bounced off of him. We were there. We just couldn't bring him down"

   Odd but true: The NYSSWA's Steve Grandin notes that Indian River has made a bit of New York State Public High School Athletic Association history.

   Indian River will be the first team to play in both the East semifinals (2006 as a Section 10 member) and the West semifinals (next weekend vs. Irondequoit).

   Section 2's weekend sweep: Albany-area teams took on foes from three sections over the weekend and came away with a 5-0 record with a 215-81 scoring margin. The zany affair of the day saw Cambridge outlast Ticonderoga 56-35 as the teams combined for 42 fourth-quarter points and 1,035 yards of offense in the game.

   "It was easy to get frustrated; we'd go up by 14, they'd run a bunch of plays and score another touchdown," Cambridge coach Doug Luke told The Post-Star. "I'm sure they felt exactly the same way -- they'd come back and we'd score on them and be back up by 14," Luke added. "It wears on you; you think you're in pretty good shape and all of a sudden, bang. And it was that quick, another score."

   Chris Warnke fifth of six TDs for the day, a 28-yard screen pass with 4:10 to play, clinched the win and he tacked on a 71-yard scoring run later to finish with 221 yards on the ground. Teammate Caleb Rowland added 183 yards and two scores to help offset Ticonderoga's Konner Bruce, who ran 34 times for 302 yards and three touchdowns.

   Class AA notes: Jamestown posted the first shutout in the class since 2006 by defeating Victor 24-0 as Section 6 went 4-1 in the quarterfinals vs. Section 5 for the third year in a row. Monroe-Woodbury defeated Albany CBA 21-0 in the 2006 semifinals.

   Stephen Carlson paced the Jamestown attack with five receptions for 134 yards, including a 32-yard score to help break open a game that was 3-0 at the half. One play earlier, Carlson created a turnover by ripping the ball out of the arms of Victor's Joey Carrier and recovered the fumble.

   "Stephen's fantastic," Red Raiders coach Tom Langworthy told The Buffalo News. "He's not only talented, but he's a great person. He's very unselfish."


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  •    In Cicero, Syracuse Henninger stormed to a 52-0 lead at the half and overwhelmed Corning 52-16. After falling behind Liverpool 7-6 last week, Henninger rattled off 90 consecutive points before Corning got on the board in the quarterfinal.

       Romero Collier threw two touchdown passes and ran for two scores. Najee Everson (10 carries, 137 yards) also rushed for two touchdowns to get the Black Knights to their first semifinal since 2000.

       Class B: Maine-Endwell finally took the lead late in the third quarter and beat Homer 27-10 for its 49th consecutive win.

       More Class C: Jack Sherwood rushed for 139 yards and three touchdowns, and passed for another score as Chenango Forks beat Utica Notre Dame 57-14. Sophomore L.J. Watson ran for 91 yards and scored twice as part of Forks' 399-yard ground game.

       CHSFL final set: Archbishop Stepinac and Iona Prep will play an all-Westchester County championship game Saturday at Fordham University.

       Iona Prep scored a 28-10 win over shorthanded St. Anthony's as senior QB Robert Madison threw a pair of touchdowns to Qaadir Sheppard. He also caught a touchdown from Dylan Mucci and rushed for a score to help Iona Prep wipe out an early 10-0 deficit.

       The Friars played without Boston College-bound running back Jordan Gowins and QB Steven Genova. They had reached every CHSFL final since 1998.

       Stepinac crushed previously unbeaten St. Peter's 56-0 as seven players scored touchdowns. Tyquan Ennis paced the attack with 90 yards and two scores, and Brandon Coleman ran for 115 yards and a touchdown.

       Iona Prep holds a 39-26-1 edge all-time against Stepinac, but the Crusaders have won 35-19 on Oct. 4 at Iona Prep.

       Long Island notes: Carey extended its winning streak to 22 games with a 35-14 win vs. Long Beach in the Nassau II semifinals at Hofstra.

       Conor Colasurdo (five carries, 75 yards) scored in the second quarter to put the Seahawks up 14-7 at the half and extended the lead with an 11-yard score in the third quarter. Mike De Leo added 77 yards rushing and Mike Catanese had 111 rushing yards and 91 passing yards.

       Carey's opponent in the final will be Garden City, a 41-0 winner over Wantagh. Brian Goepfert had three sacks and the Trojans allowed only 76 yards of offense to reach the final for the sixth straight season.

       Jack Hannigan had 283 rushing yards and three touchdowns as East Islip defeated Bellport (8-2), 34-21, in a Division II semifinal.

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