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Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016: Glens Falls triumphs in inter-class showdown

   Leading off today: Glens Falls scored on its first six possessions and went on to a 48-21 victory over Hoosic Valley in a matchup of state-ranked football teams from Section 2.

   Glens Falls is ranked seventh in the state in Class B by the New York State Sportswriters Association. Hoosic Valley is third-ranked in Class C.

   Sophomore QB Joe Girard III completed 7 of 8 passes for 174 yards and four touchdowns to lead the way. His 69-yard pass play with Andrew Murphy, who finished with four TDs (including one on a return of a blocked punt), gave Glens Falls a 20-0 lead just 2:26 into the second quarter.

   "We knew coming into this week that we had to be more physical, and we stepped up," Girard told The Post-Star.

   After Glens Falls took the opening kickoff, two long runs from Aaron Sampson (12 carries, 109 yards) set up Girard's 2-yard scoring run 1:49 into the game. Glens Falls kick coverage then beat Hoosic Valley on the ensuing kickoff and Dakota Trombley fell on the ball at the Hoosic Valley 28. Five plays later, Girard threw an 11-yard TD pass to Quinn Girard for a 14-0 lead.

   Seaford keeps rolling: Danny Roell had 32 carries for 205 yards and a touchdown to power Seaford, ranked sixth in Class B, to a 26-14 win over Malverne. Roell also had a 40-yard interception return.

   On defense, Tyler Volpi made seven tackles, two sacks and a fumble recovery for the winners.

   More Class B: Spackenkill stopped a two-point conversion on the game's final play to edge 13th-ranked James I. O'Neill 42-41.

   With Tiquan Scott (270 yards on 22 carries, 3 TDs) sidelined with an injured ankle on the final series, O'Neill drove 72 yards in the final 1:30 to pull to within 42-41 on a 3-yard TD run by James Matautia as time expired. When Raiders coach Anthony Finochio opted to play for the win on the conversion, Spackenkill stopped senior Joel Baskerville, a wide receiver who hadn't carried the ball previously.

   "I was confident because we were moving the ball the entire game," Finochio told The Times Herald-Record. "I thought we could get it in. Why not win the game now?"

   Spackenkill senior QB Camron Abalos finished 23-for-37 for 396 yards and six touchdowns.

   Elsewhere, fifth-ranked Babylon pulled out a 29-25 victory over Miller Place in a contest with five fourth-quarter lead changes.

   Babylon's Scott Sasso hit receiver Shaun Kaminsky for a game-winning 62-yard pass play with 2:50 left. Miller Place then drove to the Babylon 24 with under a minute to go before stalling out with three consecutive incompletions.

   "It was high school football at its best, it was fun," Sasso, who rushed 27 times for 152 yards and completed 12 of 19 passes for 211 yards, told Newsday.

   Tyler Ammirato scored all four Miller Place touchdowns, including one on a 75-yard kickoff return, and had 301 all-purpose yards.

   Dramatic win for Lancaster: Lineman Jacob Michalski returned a blocked punt 50 yards for the game-winning touchdown with :30 left as No. 9 Lancaster defeated No. 14 Orchard Park 42-35 in a Section 6 matchup of state-ranked Class AA teams.

   Michalski's surge pushed a Quakers blocker into punter football site

Dillon Janca's path. The punt ricocheted off the blocker and into the air. Michalski grabbed it and broke away for the winning score.

   Lancaster receiver Leugim Castillo caught eight passes for 234 yards and two touchdowns. QB Ryan Mansell went 18-for-27 for 350 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions.

   OP quarterback Janca finished 24-for-37 for 296 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions. He also ran nine times for 62 yards and a score.

   Class C upset: Voorheesville senior quarterback Ryan Daly threw for 309 yards and two touchdowns in a 34-20 win over ninth-ranked Mechanicville.

   Big performances: Dale Stanavich ran for 117 yards and a TD, completed two passes for TDs, intercepted two passes (returning one for a score) and recovered a fumble in Amsterdam's 49-13 win over South Glens Falls.

   Gerald Bratton caught eight passes for 250 yards and four TDs from Julius Laureano as Buffalo Riverside rolled past Lake Shore 60-28.

   Alton Jones of Spencerport, who ran for 491 yards and scored eight TDs a week earlier, was at it again. Jones ran for a TD, scored another on a 40-yard punt return and returned a kickoff 87 yards for his third touchdown to beat Honeoye Falls-Lima 28-17.

   Oriskany QB Ryan Enos threw for six touchdowns and ran for the seventh in a 52-14 rout of New York Mills.

   Also noteworthy: Oneonta snapped its 17-game losing streak with a 60-0 win over Watkins Glen/Odessa-Montour.

   Scoreboards: Here's the rundown of scores from Week 5 of the season. In addition, here's how the New York State Sportswriters Association's ranked teams fared.

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