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Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015: Aquinas, Canisius win to set up Week 7 showdown

   Leading off today: Cue up the frenzy for this year's regular-season game of the century.

   Top-ranked Canisius and No. 3 Aquinas won local rivalry games Saturday to set up a Week 7 confrontation in Rochester between Class AA football powers.

   Aquinas defeated McQuaid 48-7 as senior quarterback Jake Zembiec went 13-for-19 with 307 yards and four touchdowns. Jamir Jones made four catches for 130 yards, including TD grabs of 22 and 69 yards in the second quarter as the Little Irish raced to a 35-0 lead at the half.

   Jones added five tackles and two sacks on defense.

   In Buffalo, Canisius junior running back Cole Burniston rushed 13 times for 163 yards and three touchdowns and passed for another score to lead the Crusaders past St. Joe's 35-9 for their 22nd consecutive win.

   Burniston hit Justin Jones in the end zone for a 3-yard touchdown on an option pass to help lift Canisius into a 7-6 lead. "Everybody bit on the sweep," he told The Buffalo News. "I just had to make sure I got the ball over in his area. He's going to make that catch."

   Burniston, who scored four touchdowns last week, tacked on what proved to be the winning points 55 seconds later, scoring on a 21-yard run after the Marauders' second turnover of the day.

   Canisius played without senior quarterback Tyler Stranahan, who suffered a shoulder injury last week and whose status for next week is not known.

   A year ago, it was Aquinas facing a quarterback issue. The Little Irish lost Zembiec, the 2013 New York State Sportswriters Association's Class AA player of the year, to a broken wrist early in their Week 2 loss at Canisius.

   No. 2 wins, too ... After some recent uncomfortably close calls, second-ranked Archbishop Stepinac scored three times in the fourth quarter and posted a 43-21 win over Cardinal Hayes, ranked 29th in Class AA.

   "We were a little worried that we hadn't been finishing," coach Mike O'Donnell told The Journal News. "This is the first time in a couple of weeks that we put the game away. We did it against a very, very good football team and we're going to see them again before this is all over."

   Quarterback Tyquell Fields ran for two TDs and threw for two more.

   ... but No. 4 stumbles: Twentieth-ranked Lindenhurst had a big day in Suffolk County action, beating No. 4 Longwood 26-7 as third-year starting QB Ryan Hofmann went 22 of 34 for 246 yards and four touchdowns.

   Hofmann was 3 of 4 for 73 yards on the opening drive, capping it with a 37-yard TD to River Zotto, en route to a 20-0 lead.

   More Class AA: Grand Street Campus, ranked 12th, edged No. 22 Abraham Lincoln 30-21 as Rutgers recruit Taysir Mack made five catches for 71 yards and a TD. Quarterback Sharif Harris-Legree threw for 138 yards and ran for 114, accounting for two scores through the air and one on the ground in a contest delayed 90 minutes by lightning.

   Tough test for Forks: Chenango Forks held onto its No. 1 state ranking in Class C by means of a 34-21 victory over No. 6 Newark Valley. Forks broke to a 27-0 lead at the half, but Newark Valley fought back with scoring plays of 48, 64 and 65 yards to make it a two-score game with nine minutes to play.

   Quarterback L.J. Watson (115 yards) was one of a trio of Forks backs to go over 100 yards on the ground. football site

   Close call in Section 8: Tom Galgano intercepted a Glen Cove shovel pass in the second overtime and Michael Carrello threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Sforza three plays later as Class A No. 20 Bethpage edged Glen Cove 43-37.

   Sam Einbinder blocked a punt with Glen Cove leading 29-21 with four minutes left in regulation. A six-play, 30-drive ended with Galgano's 1-yard touchdown run and then his 2-point conversion run.

   On defense, Nick Carlino made 12 tackles, a fumble recovery and interception. He also forced two fumbles.

   To the rescue: Two Smithtown East assistant coaches needed an assist from Dix Hills firefighters to return to terra firma after a basket truck's hydraulic lift malfunctioned, stranding them 30 feet in the air at the Half Hollow Hills East homecoming game.

   The rescuers assisted coaches Tyler O'Neill and Tim Kopiske with the help of a 75-foot ladder truck on the field, Newsday reported.

   No one was hurt during the effort, which took about 15 minutes. HHHE won the game by a score of 27-7.

   Week 6 scoreboard: The full set of New York scores this weekend has been posted. And with very few head-to-head confrontations this weekend, you can see in the rundown of how ranked teams fared that there will not be too much rearranging to be done for the new state rankings Wednesday morning.

   Also noteworthy: Queensbury's Patrick Conway had just five carries but scored four touchdowns in a 34-14 win over Scotia.

   Hudson Falls beat Granville 34-14 as receiver Taylor Lane made seven catches for 241 yards and three touchdowns. QB Dalton Hogan completed 8 of 11 passes for 295 yards and three touchdowns.

   Joe Matchekosky scored on a 1-yard run as time expired and Elver Fuentes kicked the extra point to lead East Meadow over Freeport 41-40. The score capped a 65-yard drive that began with 4:30 left.

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