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Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015: Lourdes rallies late, beats Cornwall in OT

   Leading off today: Our Lady of Lourdes scored late in regulation to tie and then won 21-20 in overtime vs. Cornwall on a successful extra point in the NYSPHSAA Class A football quarterfinals Friday.

   Dean Rotger scored on a 1-yard quarterback sneak to tie it at 20, and Curt Jorgensen converted the kick to advance the Warriors to the semifinals. Another Rotger 1-yard touchdown run tied the score at 14 with 3:11 remaining, and Lourdes survived two red zone scares in the waning minutes.

   First, Kevin Doyle forced and recovered a fumble with 1:34 left after Cornwall had driven to the Lourdes 15. The Warriors' Luke Timm intercepted a pass for the end zone after the Dragons had driven to the 21 with :05 to go.

   Cornwall got the first possession in overtime and Jason Bailey scored on a 1-yard carry. But the extra point was blocked, opening the door for Lourdes.

   M-E impresses early: Maine-Endwell put four touchdowns on the scoreboard before Whitesboro made its initial first down and registered a 42-7 victory in the Class A quarterfinals, extending its winning streak to 62 games.

   Five years and a day after their most recent loss -- to Whitesboro in a state quarterfinal -- the Spartans dominated with four TDs in the first 11:24. Each of the first-quarter scoring plays covered 33 or more yards.

   Kyle Balmer went 4-for-4 passing for 108 yards and two TDs. He returned an interception 56 yards for another and rushed for yet another.

   "We wanted to jump on them early because we knew they haven't been down much this year," M-E's Michael Palmer told the Press & Sun-Bulletin. "We weren't sure how they would respond to a little adversity so we wanted to get out there, jump up on them quick and see how things went."

   Greenwich impresses late: Held to a 7-7 tie at halftime, Greenwich blew open its Class C quarterfinal in the second half and beat Gouverneur 49-13 in Class C.

   "Our coaches got in there and just told us, 'That was the worst football we've ever seen,'" Greenwich's Kyle Boddery said of the halftime talk. "Us captains really got together and said, 'Listen, we don't want this to be our last game. We don't want to go out like this.'"

   The Witches started the second half with a 60-yard drive, capped off with Mike Brandow scoring the second of his four touchdowns. Greenwich finished the day with 448 yards of offense.

   Class D recaps: Tioga steamrolled Sandy Creek 50-14 to advance to its fifth straight NYSPHSAA semifinal. Jesse Manuel ran for 238 yards and five touchdowns in the first half to help the Tigers build a 43-6 advantage.

   Tioga's defense forced five turnovers in the opening half.

   Just creating turnovers is a huge momentum swing and that really opened up the game there early in the game and definitely changed the mentality of the game," said Manuel, who finished with 243 rushing yards on 18 attempts.

   Adam Zwierlein added 77 rushing yards for Tioga, which has won seven straight since a 35-32 loss to Newark Valley in Week 4.

   Meanwhile, Ticonderoga advanced to the semis for the first time since 2007 by blanking Whitehall 32-0.

   The Sentinels held the Railroaders to minus-5 yards rushing.

   Ticonderoga lost quarterback Evan Graney and center/defensive tackle Caleb Munson to injuries in the first half, but senior Brody Rocque, who scored two touchdowns, stepped in to run the offense. Ryan Trudeau


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  • led all rushers with 111 yards and two touchdowns on 22 attempts.

       "I knew we were the better team," Rocque told The Post-Star. "We knew Whitehall had a lot of stuff against them: a Friday night, coming up here and playing a physical team like us. But this isn't a mistake -- we work hard

    day in and day out, and I'm so proud of these guys."

       Whitehall lost junior tailback Daryl Hillman, a 1,500-yard rusher, to an apparent concussion midway through the second quarter.

       Island surprise: Garden City, ranked fifth in the state in Class A, saw its season ended with an 18-13 loss to unranked Wantagh in the Nassau II semifinals.

       Garden City had won their regular-season meeting 28-18.

       QB Robert Tucker hit Dylan Beckwith in stride for a 64-yard TD pass after a play-action fake early in the fourth quarter for the deciding points.

       "The offensive line did an amazing job to give me time," Tucker told Newsday.

       The play was Beckwith's only catch of the game.

       MMA semifinals: St. Francis and Canisius are heading to the Monsignor Martin Association championship game.

       Three-time defending champion Canisius rallied past St. Joe's 7-6 on Mason Hoose's 1-yard touchdown run and Blake Haubeil's extra-point kick with 7:13 to go.

       "Any time you play your rival you can throw out the records and all that stuff out the window," Crusaders coach Rich Robbins told The Buffalo News. "St. Joe's played hard. They really wanted the game. Luckily we made enough plays down the stretch to get the win and move on to next week."

       In the other half of the doubleheader, Brandon Metz rushed for 268 yards to left St. Francis past Bishop Timon-St. Jude 49-18.

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