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Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016: Ogdensburg earns first Sec. 10 berth in football finals

   Leading off today: Joe Dalton passed for 162 yards and rushed for another 118 more with two touchdowns as Ogdensburg Free Academy made history Saturday with a 35-28 win over Burke Catholic in the NYSPHSAA Class C football semifinals at Dietz Stadium.

   OFA became the first Section 10 team to advance to a New York State Public High School Athletic Association title game. The Blue Devils will play Newark Valley next weekend at the Carrier Dome.

   OFA overcame the effort of West Point-bound Burke senior Garnett Nicolas, who rushed 27 times for 262 yards and scored all four Eagles touchdowns.

   The Blue Devils consumed most of the opening quarter with an 18-play, 80-yard drive culminating in a 3-yard run by Jared Barr for a 7-0 lead. But three short Nicolas scoring runs put Burke ahead 21-7 until Kevin Joanette returned a kickoff 91 yards just before the half to trim the deficit to 21-13.    Dalton drove OFA to a tie on the opening possession of the second half, Nicolas countered and then Ogdensburg took over. Dalton rambled 34 yards for a score late in the third and Barr carried 11 yards for the game-winning points midway through the fourth.

    • Newark Valley downed Bishop Kearney 34-14 as David Crow (159), Brett Stewart (118) and QB Chad Wright (117) paced a 433-yard rushing attack.

   More NYSPHSAA semifinals: Aaron Sampson traveled 32 yards with a football that popped out of teammate Quinn Girard's hands, scoring a first-quarter TD that sparked Glens Falls past Pleasantville 49-14 in the Class B semifinals.

   Sampson ran for 120 yards and three TDs. Glens Falls QB Joseph Girard III torched Pleasantville for 304 passing yards and five touchdowns on 17-for-22 accuracy to get the Indians to their first final since 2012.

   They will face Chenango Forks for the state title on Saturday in Syracuse.

   Forks, the winner of the past three Class C championships and 22 consecutive games, outmuscled Dunkirk 41-8 as L.J. Watson carried for 174 yards and four scores, the last of which came three plays after he intercepted a pass.

   The Class AA final will pit Troy against Victor.

   Troy edged New Rochelle 20-14, riding a pair of rushing touchdowns by junior running back Joey Ward (24 carries, 116 yards) to a two-score lead at the half. After the opening kickoff, Troy assembled a nine-play, 81-yard drive capped by an 11-yard scoring run by Ward.

   Victor scored on its first two possessions and then broke open a close game with four TDs -- three by Zack Estabrooks -- after the intermission to beat Syracuse CBA 42-13.    The Blue Devils drove 43 yards to a short Estabrooks run and a 22-13 lead in the third quarter. He scored again after a CBA three-and-out and then made it 35-13 on a 5-yard TD run with 9:07 left to play.

   Hayes wins a classic: Sofian Massoud broke up a 2-point conversion attempt with :26 to go to give Cardinal Hayes a 41-39 win over Archbishop Stepinac for the first CHSFL Class AAA championship in school history.

   Hayes QB Christian Anderson ran for two critical first downs and connected with Shameen Jones for a 29-yard touchdown, but a blocked extra point left the lead at 41-33. Stepinac's Michael Nicocia (18-for-29, 317 yards) then drove his team down the field and hit Shawn Harris for a 43-yard touchdown.

   "My heart literally dropped right there," said Anderson, who threw four touchdown passes.


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  •    Following a Hayes timeout, Nicosia scrambled and threw back across the field to his left. Receiver Brandon Gasparre was reaching for the ball when Massoud hit him between the numbers, preventing the catch.

       Earlier, Hayes raced to a 20-0 lead as Lucas Nunez went 86 yards with a screen pass on the first play from scrimmage and 80 yards with a punt return in the first quarter.

        • Iona Prep downed Holy Trinity 35-14 for the 'AA' title and Moore Catholic beat Cardinal Spellman 32-22 in 'A.'

       Long Island finals set: Shoreham-Wading River defeated Babylon 36-21 for its third straight Suffolk Division IV championship. Senior Chris Gray rushed for 341 yards on 44 carries and scored four touchdowns.

       “He's a great athlete," S-WR coach Matt Millheiser said. "He's got great field awareness and he's got the heart of a lion. He played tremendous tonight."

       In the Division 2 final, Half Hollow Hills West defeated West Islip 38-20 after coming up short in the Suffolk County final the past two years. Sophomore Gerald Filardi was 5-for-10 for 141 yards and three touchdowns.

       In Nassau County, Garden City won Conference 2 with a 42-14 triumph against Carey. Chris Mixon ran 20 times for 164 yards and two scores to help the Trojans secure their 19th county crown but first since 2012.

       Seaford cruised in Conference 4, blanking Carle Place/Wheatley 20-0. Senior workhorse Danny Roell went over 2,000 yards for the season by gaining 190 yards and scoring twice on 40 carries.

       It's the first Section 8 title for the Vikings since they won their fourth straight championship in 2010.

       Scoreboard: Here's the rundown of Week 12 football scores as well as the compilation of how the state's ranked teams fared.

       Earlier scribble: In case you missed it, the day's first blog covered Saturday's key action in volleyball, swimming and cross country.

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