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Football two-minute read: Games of Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009
   Kicking off: Fullback Jack Moorehead scored on a 1-yard run in overtime Saturday as John Glenn earned a 20-14 comeback victory over Babylon in a matchup of Section 11 unbeatens.

   The Knights, ranked 14th in Class B by the New York State Sportswriters Association, held the Panthers on downs to start the OT, and Moorehead scored one play after running back Austin Cohen gained 11 yards to the 1 against the state's third-ranked Class C squad.

   Glenn was held off the scoreboard until a short punt set the Knights up at the Panthers 40 early in the fourth quarter. Ryan Rielly followed with a 45-yard TD to Pat Pascal two plays later. Cohen capped the next possession with a 4-yard run for a score.

   Glenn also defeated Babylon in overtime last season, in a matchup of unbeaten teams before the Panthers earned revenge in the sectional playoffs.

   First down: Austin Dwyer ran for 302 yards and four touchdowns as Hornell, ranked 11th in Class B, upended No. 1 Bath 43-22.

   "Our kids played hard, their kids played hard. Itís what you expect when two heavyweights get together," Hornell head coach Gene Mastin told The Leader "Iím very pleased with what we did. I think our kids overachieved a little bit this year and Iím pretty happy about that."

   Hornell turned the ball over on its first possession and then responded with three straight scoring drives, the latter two capped by Dwyer TD runs of 28 and 47 yards.

   Bath inherited the No. 1 position last week when Lansingburgh was upset in Section 2 action.

   Second down: Rye prepped for the Section 1 Class A playoffs with a record seventh straight win over Harrison, 21-7, in their 79-game rivalry.

   The Garnets, ranked eighth in the state and coming off consecutive NYSPHSAA Class B titles, will host reigning Class A sectional champion Nyack on Friday.

   "We had playoffs in mind. But Harrison is the biggest game of the season for us," Rye senior Cole McCormack told The Journal News. after rushing 25 times for 158 yards and three TDs. "We made both of them a reality today."

   "Rye is just so big and physical," Harrison coach Art Troilo said. "We average about 185 pounds on the line and they average about 240. Our kids played their hearts out Football Site

and, obviously it's not a consolation, but I'm proud of them."

   Third down: Ryan Novobilski's conversion run in the fourth quarter was the margin as winless Susquehanna Valley scored a 22-21 victory over unbeaten Newark Valley, ranked 14th in Class C.

   Novobilski's run followed Jack Kachmar's 8-yard TD catch, completing a rally from a 21-6 deficit.

   Travis French of Newark Valley carried 25 times for 230 yards and two touchdowns.

   Fourth down: Troy recovered from a rocky first half that included four turnovers and scored three TDs in the first 5:28 of the third quarter to roll past Niskayuna 35-7.

   Troy, ranked sixth in Class A, turned over the ball just twice over the first six weeks and but gave it away to Niskayuna four times in the opening halfand allowed their first TD in 24 quarters during the second quarter. After the half, Troy outgained Niskyuna 208-9 in the second half.

   "They are a high-powered offense and we held them to seven points," Troy coach Jack Burger told The Times Union. "We took their best shot in the first half when we had the four turnovers. The kids were embarrassed (at halftime). We didn't really rant and rave. We told them we've worked way too hard not to put our best foot forward."

   Junior QB Brian Marsh put Troy ahead to stay by turning a fourth-and-1 option keeper into a 19-yard touchdown run to open the third quarter. Following the kickoff, Mie Leisenfelder stripped the ball from Niskayuna's Rob Hilweh and the Flying Horses recovered to set up Shatiek Lewis for a 37-yard touchdown run.

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