Leading off today:
Earnest Edwards continued a stellar senior season Saturday as Class AA No. 3 Aquinas
defeated No. 1 Canisius 42-14, snapping the Crusaders' 22-game football winning streak.
Lining up at multiple positions during the contest, Edwards caught two touchdown passes, scored his third interception-return TD of the season on one of his two picks for the night and blocked a field-goal attempt while the game's outcome was still in doubt.
The block set up the third of Taylor Riggins' three first-half rushing touchdowns and gave the Little Irish a 21-7 halftime lead. Edwards then scored Aquinas' final three TDs on the 82-yard interception return and two catches of throws by Jake Zembiec.
Riggins carried 15 times for 144 yards. Zembiec was 11 of 17 passing for 199 yards. Defensive back Shemar Hayes intercepted three passes.
"We came in here and ran into a team that just wanted to win more than we did tonight," Canisius coach Rich Robbins told the Democrat and Chronicle.
Said Aquinas coach Chris Battaglia: "We played the way we are capable of playing, tonight. We played really good offensively, really good defensively, and even in the special teams we made some plays.
"I've said this, as long as we keep No. 12 (Zembiec) on his feet, we will be pretty tough to beat. This was our night."
Stepinac tops St. A's: Tyquell Fields threw for 130 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for another 81 yards and a score as second-ranked Archbishop Stepinac downed No. 11 St. Anthony's 49-32. Sophomore Trill Williams made two interceptions, returning one 15 yards for a score and a 28-9 lead in the second quarter, and Malik Crawford ran for 135 yards and a score.
Fields' 11-yard completion to Kobe Miranda on a fourth-quarter fourth down kept alive a drive capped by a touchdown run by Antonio Giannico for a 35-25 lead. The 15-play, 62-yard drive restored the Crusaders' momentum.
St. Anthony's actually outgained Stepinac 504-415 with the help of 305 yards through the air from QB Tom Walsh.
"They've always been the class of our league, but we're in a different position now," Stepinac coach Mike O'Donnell said of At. Anthony's. "For years, we would come into this game and circle the wagons and hope that we came out alive. Not many teams won the week after they played St. Anthony's, but it's not exactly that way with us now."
More large-school action: Sayville, ranked fourth in Class A, dominated Class AA No. 14 East Islip 49-17 as junior QB Jack Coan ran 25 times for 311 yards and two TDs.
Coan was 10-for-15 for 137 yards and three TDs through the air. His TD passes to Jason Intermesoli and Ashton Bradley gave the Golden Flashes a 14-10 lead at the half.
Coan ran for 56 of the 80 yards on Sayville's opening scoring drive of the second half. After an East Islip punt on the ensuing possession, Coan went 84-yards with a keeper for a TD and a 28-10 lead.
"I told Jack in the offseason, if you don't improve your ability to run, No. 1 it's going to hurt you collegiately, more importantly it's going to hurt us as an offense, coach Rob Hoss told Newsday.
Also in Class AA, Monsignor Farrell broke to a 26-0 halftime lead and went on to beat No. 21 St. Peter's 33-8.
In Class A, No. 10 Shoreham-Wading River downed John Glenn 21-6 in a battle of unbeatens. Jon Constant's 47-yard TD run in the second quarter to ignite the offense and then scored on a 49-yard gallop late in the third quarter.
No. 21 Christ the King handed No. 25 Xavier its first loss 21-15 as David Navas (10-for-15, 282 yards and three TDs) hit Alex Miranda with a 19-yard scoring pass with :10 to play.
The winning drive chewed up 92 yards in 10 plays.
Section 5 unsettled: The Rochester area's Class A tournament shapes up as an eight-team slugfest in which even the two "long shots" with 3-4 records (Spencerport and Wilson) rank as tough outs and the fifth seed (Irondequoit at 4-3) might be playing the best football of the bunch entering late October.
Week 7 results only confirmed it's going to be a demanding three games for the eventual survivor.
Greece Athena defeated No. 8 Brockport 21-12 as Tavon Granison threw for 144 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 68 yards and two touchdowns.
Irondequoit knocked off No. 16 Canandaigua 23-20 as Sean Mannion threw for 204 yards and ran for 46 plus a