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Saturday, Nov, 5, 2016: Girard, Glens Falls romp to Sec. 2 football title

   Leading off today: Glens Falls scored touchdowns on the first play of a possession five times Friday en route to a 62-12 victory over Hudson for the Section 2 Class B football championship.

   Glens Falls is ranked fifth and Hudson 10th this week by the New York State Sportswriters Association.

   Joseph Girard III threw three touchdown passes and ran for another, going 6-for-6 for 193 yards. Andrew Murphy (four receptions, 125 yards) scored three times and Aaron Sampson added two more.

   Hudson turned the ball over on its first four possessions and fell behind 28-0 during a five-minute onslaught in the first quarter.

   More Class B: New Paltz ended Marlboro's five-year run in Section 9 with a 33-17 victory in the championship game. The Huguenots forced four Marlboro turnovers on the way to a 20-3 lead at halftime.

   New Paltz is ranked 14th and Marlboro 17th this week.

   Dobbs Ferry repeats: Najee Smith scored all of the Eagles' touchdowns and rushed for 136 yards as No. 15 Dobbs Ferry edged No. 11 Woodlands 21-14 for the Section 1 Class C championship.

   With Woodlands driving in the final minute, sophomore Jack Capuano stripped QB Aaron Robertson at the 15-yard line for the contest's third fumble in a two-minute span. Dobbs Ferry then ran out the clock.

    • Ryley O'Connell threw three touchdown passes and Peru converted five times on fourth down on the way to beating Potsdam 38-12 in the opening round of the state tournament.

   More Class C: Joe Dalton threw for three first-half scores as No. 18 Ogdensburg advanced past No. 18 Saranac Lake 41-28 in the first round of the NYSPHSAA tournament.

   Dalton connected on TD passes of 11 yards to Jackson Troiano, 13 to Anthony Pope and 22 to Andrew Woodward as the Blue Devils built a 27-14 halftime lead.

   Maple Grove runs away: Brad Benson (34 carries, 153 yards) and Trevor Micek combined to rush for 254 yards and four touchdowns to lead Maple Grove to a 33-6 win over Ellicottville/Franklinville in the Section 6 Class D championship game.

   Top-ranked Maple Grove outgained No. 9 F/E 206-9 in the first half while building a 14-0 lead.

   More Class D: Senior quarterback P.J. Brennan ran for two scores and passed for the third as No. 7 Alexander defeated No. 2 Clyde-Savannah 19-6 in the Section 5 final.

   The Trojans intercepted five Clyde-Savannah passes and recovered a Golden Eagles fumble on the way to their 12th consecutive win and first championship.

   Alexander never trailed following Brennan's 6-yard touchdown run on the game's first possession.

    • Dawson Backus ran for a game-high 183 yards and scored three touchdowns as Sidney -- the eighth seed in the tournament -- beat Unatego/Franklin 36-21 for the Section 4 title.

   "He is so sneaky good," Sidney coach Jeff Matthews said of Backus. "You know he's playing well, but then you see the numbers that he put up."


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  •    Bennett's rolling: Buffalo Bennett captured its first Section 6 crown, downing previously unbeaten Starpoint 28-13 in the Class A title game.

       Isaiah McDuffie (19 carries, 146 yards) and Jamel Lofton combined for four touchdowns and 228 yards rushing on offense as well as 25 tackles and a sack on defense.

       Bennett's opponent in the NYSPHSAA quarterfinals will be Greece Athena, a 35-14 winner over Brighton in Section 5 for its first championship in 35 years.

       Senior quarterback Tavon Granison had touchdown runs of 71, 47 yards and 52 yards, plus two TD throws. He did leave game during the fourth quarter, and his left arm (non-throwing) was in a sling afterward.

       The championship game was a rematch of Athena's 28-21 win at Brighton on Sept. 30.

       "Last time, they played a weaker Greece Athena team, a less disciplined Greece Athena team," Athena senior receiver/defensive back Kenny Speed told the Democrat and Chronicle. "This game we were more disciplined, less penalties and we just played a great game."

       Scoreboard: The Week 10 football results page can be found here.

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