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Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015: Iroquois ends Starpoint's perfect season

   Leading off today: Offense, defense and special teams carried Iroquois to an upset of 14th-ranked and previously unbeaten Starpoint in the Section 6 Class A football quarterfinals Saturday.

   Morgan Mariacher blocked a kick that resulted in a 78-yard return for a score by Jordan Huber, Parker Valbo returned an interception 43 yards for a touchdown and Brandon Yax rolled to 156 yards on 38 rushing attempts to lead the way to a 21-0 victory.

   Next up for Iroquois (5-3) is sixth-ranked Buffalo South Park.

   "It's the biggest challenge these guys will ever have to face," coach Keith Marshall told The Buffalo News. "We will have to play an absolutely perfect game."

   South Park advanced with a 45-20 win vs. Williamsville South. Tyree Brown threw for 181 yards and two scores, rushed for 76 yards, and made three interceptions on defense.

   Athena pulls out a win: Tavon Granison's 5-yard TD run with :39.6 left capped a 61-yard drive that lifted No. 17 Greece Athena over Irondequoit 35-28 in the Section 5 Class A quarterfinals.

   The Trojans trailed 28-27 with 2:33 to go before Granison marched them down the field. The sequence included an 18-yard completion to Kenny Speed on a 4th-and-11 play.

   "We have players on our team that can score from any spot on the field," he told the Democrat and Chronicle. "We might bend a little bit, we might get tackled in the backfield or throw an incompletion. But our coach always preaches, bend but don't break. So in the last drive we had to go play by play. It worked out in our favor."

   After the Trojans ran in the conversion, Irondequoit reached the Athena 6 before running out of time.

   Coming on strong: Though Tottenville is ranked sixth, No. 11 Grand Street Campus might be playing the best football of all the PSAL's Class AA programs right now. The Wolves climbed to 8-0 with a 40-14 thumping of No. 18 Erasmus Hall.

   Sharif Harris-Legree went 16 of 23 for 233 yards and three touchdowns. He hit Rutgers recruit Ahmed Bah on a 48-yard scoring play 31 seconds into the fourth quarter. He added a 57-yard catch-and-run TD to Taysir Mack and a 22-yarder to Rahmel Ashby to cap the day.

   Milestone win: Hoosic Valley began playing football in 2006. On Saturday, the Indians arrived as a program.

   Making its first Section 2 playoff appearance, Hoosic Valley (6-2) rolled up 515 yards rushing to earn a 42-19 Class C win against 11th-ranked Fonda-Fultonville.

   "This is amazing, especially being a senior and this being the first time we've had a playoff game. Words can't describe this," linebacker/fullback Jeff Carrozza told The Times Union after carrying 14 times for 100 yards and a TD.

   Tom Madigan led the attack with 170 yards and two touchdowns.

   Melee ends Section 3 game: Syracuse Nottingham is taking the blame for the brawl that caused its Section 3 Class AA playoff game to be terminated in the third quarter. Four Bulldogs were among five players ejected following the incident that took place with Utica Proctor holding a 38-0 lead.

   "I'm very disappointed; we don't coach that up," Nottingham coach Nick Patterson told The Observer-Dispatch. "It (stinks) when you have one or two bad apples who spoil the whole barrel.

   Nottingham AD Richard Spicer made the decision to end

  
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the game, and Patterson said he does not plan to appeal the ejection of his players, meaning none of them will be eligible for a non-league crossover next week.

   "Oh no, we won't appeal," Patterson said. "They were guilty. They will be disciplined."

   The fracas began with Proctor running back Jamarious Morgan (13 carries, 142 yards and a pair of TDs) being punched from behind with 1:54 to go in the third quarter. Morgan had just been tackled when a player not involved in the play pounced on him after the whistle and began punching him in the back of the helmet.

   "We did nothing wrong," Proctor coach Steve Strife said. "Our kids acted appropriately the whole game."

   Week 8 scoreboard: The full set of New York scores this weekend has been posted. And you can see in the rundown of how ranked teams fared which teams lived to see another week.

   Also noteworthy: Garnett Nicolas of Burke Catholic rushed 17 times for 247 yards and six touchdowns in a 46-14 win over Rondout Valley in the Section 9 Class B quarterfinals. His six scores tied the school record of Matt Przybocki, who graduated in 2015 and reached that total three times.

   Sayville junior Jack Coan threw for 207 yards and four touchdowns in a 42-7 win over Comsewogue, setting the Section 11 for career passing yardage (6,448). He passed former Sayville great Steven Ferreira (6,411) for eighth on the all-time state list and is just 524 yards from the No. 5 spot. (Full list here.)

   Aaron Ruthman of Elmont threw for 315 yards and six TDs and Elmont downed Westbury 48-28.

   Aaron Dawson of W.T. Clarke tied school records for rushing yards (260) and rushing TDs (five) in a game during a 42-14 victory over West Hempstead.

   Zach Locicero of Lynbrook ran for 207 yards and four TDs and completed 24 of 30 passes for 279 yards in a win over Floral Park.


  
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