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Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016: 'Playing was a victory in itself' for Holy Trinity

   Leading off today: "Playing was a victory in itself."

   Those were the words of Holy Trinity junior lineman Tom Thayer on Saturday after his team overcame a devastating fieldhouse fire a day earlier to play its Section 2 football quarterfinal.

   Hoosic Valley, ranked fourth in the state in Class C, emerged with a 46-12 win, but Holy Trinity -- consisting of players from Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons and Catholic Central -- walked away with a moral victory.

   Holy Trinity was playing with cleats, uniforms and helmets either borrowed or donated outright. The uniforms came from the University at Albany after the institution got an OK from the NCAA.

   "I have tons of respect for how they rallied together and gave it everything," Hoosic Valley running back Isaac Sanchez told The Daily Gazette after scoring two touchdowns in his team's win. "Tons of credit to them. I felt horrible, but of course I couldn't show it on the field."

   Said Thayer: "This is the first time we've ever been to the playoffs, and the first time I've made the playoffs since third grade. One thing I can say, without a doubt, is we did not give up. We played hard. We played with pride."

   Back on the field: Gouverneur observed a moment of silence for Brennan Stevens before its 35-20 win over Canton in the Section 10 Class C semifinals.

   Blue and gold balloons were released into the sky in honor of Stevens, a Wildcats player who died in a single-car accident eight days earlier.

   "The mindset was, for whatever reason, whatever was in your head while playing, if it was playing for us, if it was playing for the community, or playing for number 88, we had to remember we still had a job to do," said Gouverneur coach Sean Devlin. "The Stevens family still wanted us to do that job and fortunately enough, we were able to do that job today."

   Senior Derek Stowell rushed 15 times for 107 yards. He scored on a 63-yard kickoff return in the second quarter and sealed the win with a 40-yard touchdown carry in the third quarter.

   Gouverneur, ranked fifth in Class C, will play No. 17 Ogdensburg Free Academy next Saturday for the Section 10 championship.

   Monster performance: Roy Penn-Cosentino ran for 371 yards and six touchdowns on 24 carries as No. 20 Liberty defeated Red Hook 63-12 in the Section 9 Class B quarterfinals.

   Raeleigh Ranne added 89 yards and one touchdown on 12 carries.

   Milestone win: Rob DiNota and Andrew DiBiase (22 carries, 144 yards) ran for two TDs apiece as Westlake opened its Section 1 Class B title defense by jumping ahead early and downing Blind Brook 35-8.

   The victory was the 200th for John Castellano, who is in his second season at Westlake.

   Westlake had to move the game to Blind Brook when its field was deemed unplayable, but it jumped ahead 21-0 at halftime and didn't allow a first down until the third quarter.

   Class A upset: On what was otherwise a mostly routine Saturday across the state, fifth-ranked Christ the Kings was the most noteworthy loser.

   Nicholas Egan recovered a fumble and made an interception as St. John the Baptist forced eight turnovers in a 26-13 CHSFL win over previously undefeated Royals.

   Sean Cavanagh rushed for 128 yards and two touchdowns.

   Class C: West Point-bound running back Garnett Nicolas ran for 101 yards and three touchdowns on 18 attempts to help Burke Catholic to a 35-20 win over 16th-ranked Chester.

   Chester's Mike Sannino ran back the opening kickoff 85 yards to help his team to a 12-point lead before Burke Catholic responded with five straight touchdowns.

   Burke's Austin Londo returned the second-half kickoff 83 yards to break open a 14-12 game.

  
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   Class D: Kris Amos carried 25 times for 188 yards and three TDs as No. 4 Red Jacket rallied from an early two-touchdown deficit to beat No. 15 Cuba-Rushford 50-36.

   Andy English had 108 yards on 20 carries, scoring two touchdowns.







   Red Jacket advances to the Section 5 semifinals vs. No. 2 Clyde-Savannah, a 47-14 winner when the teams faced off in the regular season.

    • Dolgeville, ranked sixth, outlasted Bishop Ludden 48-22 as Chase Doxtader ran for 286 yards and five touchdowns to offset Gaelic Knights QB Sh'ikem Lee, who passed for 271 and five scores. Lee also rushed for 78 yards and another score.

   Ludden tied the game five times but never led. Facing fourth down with 2:53 to play in a tie game, Dolgeville coach Dan Zilkowksi checked out of a fake punt, called timeout and sent the offense back onto the field. Needing three yards for a first down, Doxtader ran 45 up the middle for what proved to be the winning touchdown.

   More football: Senior quarterback Hunter Gilbert threw two touchdown passes in the third quarter to help Elmira take control and defeat Vestal 34.22. Elmira is ranked 24th in Class AA and Vestal 20th in Class A.

   Fullback Charlie Mahon picked up 110 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries, including a 9-yard run in the fourth quarter that gave Elmira a two-score lead. Tim Davis added 109 yards and Nick Root rushed for 100.

   More big efforts: Chris Gray of Shoreham-Wading River ran just seven times for 235 yards and four TDs in a 47-0 win over Bayport-Blue Point.

   Joshua Milfort St. Cyr of Elmont ran for 142 yards and two TDs and caught five passes for 124 yards and two more scores in a 35-33 win over Mepham.

   Johnny Pickett of Rockville Centre South Side ran for 347 yards and four touchdowns on 36 carries in a 26-14 win over New Hyde Park.

   Scoreboards: Here's the rundown of scores from Week 8 of the season. In addition, here's how the New York State Sportswriters Association's ranked teams fared.


  
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