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Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016: Plattsburgh ends lengthy football losing streak

   Leading off today: The state's longest active high school football losing streak fell by the wayside Friday as Plattsburgh ended a 29-game skid with a 33-0 victory over Saranac.

   The Hornets earned their first Champlain Valley Athletic Conference win since Sept. 7, 2012 as junior QB Mitch Senecal completed 10 of 15 passes for 210 yards and two touchdowns. Plattsburgh's defense put up its first shutout since Sept. 2, 2011.

   "I don't think it's really sunk in yet," Senecal told the Press-Republican. "The final horn went, and I was kind of like, 'What just happened?'"

   Sophomore Tyler Phillips grabbed a pair of interceptions, while Dalton Harney registered a pick-six in the first quarter.

   Schuylerville rallies: Derek Willson ran for 165 yards and three touchdown to help rally Schuylerville to a 35-26 victory over Schalmont, the state Class B runner-up last season.

   With Schalmont up 19-7 midway through the second quarter, sophomore QB Stratton Sherman found Brady Griffin behind the Sabres' secondary for a 48-yard touchdown pass. After Schalmont pulled within 28-26 early in the fourth, Schuylerville's Justin Carte returned the ensuing kickoff to the Sabres' 15-yard line. The Horses scored four plays later to get some breathing room.

   Clutch play: Bryan Schelberg blocked an extra-point try with 41 seconds to play to lift Minisink Valley to a 21-20 win over Newburgh Free Academy, the two-time defending Section 9 Class AA champs. It was the Warriors' first win over NFA since 2008, snapping a six-game skid.

   Andrew Covais went 8-for-14 for 161 yards and two TDs. He also had 14 carries for 85 yards and a 1-yard score.

   Section 3 thriller: Utica Proctor raced to a three-TD lead and then fought off Rome Free Academy 35-32.

   RFA scores by Dylan O'Connell, Robert Edwards, and Ja-Quan Rollins (20 carries, 169 yards) put RFA ahead before Proctor's Jamarious Morgan, who had caught a 68-yard scoring throw earlier, ran the ball in from three yards out with under 2:00 to go to close out the scoring.

   Nick Abraham ran eight times for 133 yards and a pair of TDs to lead the Raiders rushing game. Morgan caught four passes for 127 yards and a TD.

   South Park falls: A night after defending NYSPHSAA Class A champion Aquinas fell, Buffalo South Park started defense of the Class A crown with a 29-12 loss to St. Joseph's.

   Sophomore QB Casey Kelly, brother of Ole Miss star Chad Kelly and nephew of Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Kelly, guided touchdown drives of 95, 16 and 84 yards to build a 22-0 lead.

   Also noteworthy: In a game that could go a long way toward sorting out the top five in Class AA when the New York State Sportswriters Association releases its first rankings Sept. 14, Pittsford downed Orchard Park 35-22 as Frankie Imburgia scored a pair of TDs.

    • Springville senior Ian Baker ran for 248 yards on 19 carries and scored six touchdowns in sparking the Griffins to a 52-14 win over Fredonia/Westfield/Brocton. football site

    • Joe Benedict rushed for 344 yards on 19 carriers, scored six TDs and kicked five extra points as Sandy Creek downed Cato-Meridian 47-28.

   Scores: All of the available Week 1 football scores have been posted to the schedules and results section.

   Girls soccer: Sierra Neddo scored the first six goals of the game in the first half of Beaver River's 11-0 triumph against Thousand Islands in the opening contest for both teams.

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   Louisiana news: River Ridge (La.) John Curtis Christian, long a national power in football, will have to forfeit 20 or more games from the 2013-15 after a determination that Willie Allen, now a freshman offensive lineman at LSU, lived with an assistant coach for much of his time at the school.

   The Louisiana High School Athletic Association made the announcement after an appeals hearing Wednesday.

   John Curtis coach J.T. Curtis, who has more wins (548) than any active coach in the country, contended at the hearing that Allen wasn't recruited and the arrangement merely allowed him to stay in the school he preferred. "We didn't try to hide anything," Curtis said. "If we had any clue we were breaking a rule, we wouldn't have said anything."

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