Leading off today:
A former Harrison football player profiled recently in a story about athletes who become addicted to heroin through prescription pain medication was found dead Sunday afternoon in his parents' home, the paper reported Monday.
The Westchester Medical Examiner's Office confirmed the death of John DeFonce, 20. A spokesman said Monday that while medical records show that DeFonce had a history of substance abuse, a cause of death has not been established.
DeFonce had recently completed a four-month treatment program and was a resident at its halfway house in White Plains. He was home on a weekend pass, and DeFonce's parents made a 911 call Sunday afternoon reporting an unresponsive man. Police said they arrived to find DeFonce dead in the basement apartment.
In a late-summer interview with The Journal News, DeFonce told the paper he traced his drug addiction to pain pill prescriptions he received for a football knee injury in high school. When his doctor refused to write him more prescriptions, he said, he began buying drugs on the street.
Milestone: Garden City field hockey Diane Chapman registered her 400th victory with an 8-0 win over Oyster Bay on Monday. Michaela Bruno scored three goals.
This score just in: I didn't think it was possible for a kid to score eight touchdowns in a game for a top-ranked state football team with scarcely anyone in the media noticing.
I thought wrong.
Zack Loomis of Avon, the state's No. 1 Class D school, did precisely that on Friday during a 59-35 victory vs. York-Pavilion. Loomis' eight scores tied the Section 5 record set by Geneseo's Xavier Copeland in a 2010 game against Barker.
Loomis finished with 29 carries for 323 of the Braves' 499 yards on the ground. He has season totals of 969 yards and 18 touchdowns in the team's 6-0 start.
More football: Understandably, No. 1 Canisius vs. No. 3 Aquinas in Class AA will be getting a lot of attention this weekend. But the NYSSWA's Andy Slawson took a look at what's on deck for Week 7 on Long Island, and it's an impressive schedule.
For starters, there are four head-to-heads among unbeaten NYSPHSAA teams, highlighted by Class AA East Islip vs. Class A Sayville on Saturday.
"This is the game people on Long Island have been pointing to since the schedule came out in March," Slawson said.
Also on Saturday, West Islip is at Newfield, and Shoreham-Wading River hosts John Glenn.
In Class B, Seaford hosts Locust Valley on Friday in what will be a top-10 battle.
Lest we forget, there are other unbeaten ranked teams meeting this weekend. The key game of the CHSFL large-school schedule pits unbeatens on Saturday when St. Anthony's travels to Class AA No. 2 Archbishop Stepinac. In Class A, Christ the King and Xavier will be holding down state rankings when they kick off.
Moving back upstate in search of showdowns between unbeatens, Ravena will be at No. 1 Schalmont in Class B. In a Class D contest between top-10 teams, No. 2 Red Jacket will meet Clyde-Savannah, and there's a Whitehall vs. Cambridge showdown in Section 2.