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Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017: No. 23 Pittsford topples fifth-ranked Victor

   Leading off today: Pittsford stymied Victor's rushing game Friday and earned a 16-6 road victory in a clash of state-ranked Monroe County League football teams.

   Victor was ranked fifth and Pittsford 23rd in Class AA by the New York State Sportswriters Association.

   Pittsford traded size of speed in the defensive front seven, getting six tackles and two sacks from 5-foot-8, 165-pound Sky Crain, and the Panthers recovered a pair of Victor fumbles.

   Panthers running back Ali Brooks gained 80 yards on 20 carries, including a 30-yard touchdown run with 5:30 remaining to make the score 16-0.

   Big night for F-M back: Junior Mitchell Seabury ran 31 times for 317 yards and five touchdowns as Fayetteville-Manlius outslugged Syracuse CBA 49-35.

   The Hornets rushed for 530 yards against the state's ninth-ranked large school, which was without all-state running back and two-way starter Stevie Scott. The Brothers also lost QB SirVocea Dennis to a second-half ankle injury.

   The teams played to a 35-35 halftime tie as Dennis ran for TDs of 26, 72 and 15 yards and passed for two others -- including a 43-yarder to Malcolm Jackson as time expired in the second quarter.

   "It was nuts. It was the craziest half you've ever seen," F-M coach Paul Muench said. "When it starts rolling like that, and it was such a hot night, it becomes really difficult to play defense."

   Seabury's scoring runs of 5 and 55 yards in the third quarter concluded the scoring.

   Junior Zack Page gained 141 yards on 19 carries and scored one TD in the win.

   Burnt Hills prevails: Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, ranked fifth in Class A, escaped with a 28-27 win over Averill Park in the rematch of a 2016 Section 2 championship game.

   With Averill Park playing for the potential win after Dom Law scored on an 18-year run late in the fourth quarter, Burnt Hills defensive end Grant Schaffer snuffed out a Law rushing attempt in the 2-point conversion to keep the Spartans in the lead.

   Burnt Hills proceeded to run out the clock after recovering a squib kick.

   "We were going for it," AP coach Zach Gobel told The Times Union.    The yardage was as close as the score. Burnt Hills outgained the Warriors 331-328 overall and 279-278 on the ground. Each team committed a turnover.

   More Class A: With Corey Gross (16 carries, 119 yards) finally back from a preseason knee injury, Brockport (3-1) established itself as a Section 5 contender with a 19-13 win in OT over Greece Athena, a state finalist last fall.

   Blue Devils QB Ashton Scott threw for 184 yards and two TDs and also carried for 59 yards and a score.

   Odd play of the year: The 16th-ranked Canisteo-Greenwood team pulled off a 34-30 upset of No. 13 Cuba-Rushford in a game plagued by nine turnovers -- six by Cuba-Rushford.

   Zachary Flaitz ran 15 times for 90 yards and two scores, and QB Robert Avery carried 26 times of 99 yards and a TD.

   Flaitz hit Christopher Graham for an apparent 36-yard score in the closing moments of the second quarter. According to the Times-Herald, one official signaled touchdown and another had Graham marked out of bounds at the 2. Thinking it had scored to extend a 20-16 lead, Canisteo-Greenwood lined up for a 2-point conversion. Only after the play failed did they realize that it was actually a first-down play during with time expired in the half to leave the score at 20-16.

   "That was a bizarre aspect of the game, but we knew going in it was going to be a dogfight," said C-G coach Paul
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Keeley. "Two teams going in 3-0 with good programs this year. We got everything I expected from this game."

   Keeley said he received an explanation and apology from an official at halftime.

   "I told them, 'You're not the first ones to make a mistake. ... I make mistakes out here calling plays at times. Our kids make mistakes out here. I'm glad they were able to own up to that."

   More Class D: Second-ranked Sidney overwhelmed No. 10 Harpursville/Afton in the second half to secure a 42-19 win.

   Liam Matthews caught nine passes for 179 yards and two touchdowns.

   Harpursville/Afton scored back-to-back touchdowns as Josh Wilson scored on a 3-yard run with :25 left in the third quarter and then caught an 11-yard touchdown pass from Greg Akulis with 9:55 left in the game as the Hornets pulled to within 20-19.

   Sidney's Ethan Finch scored on a 40-yard strike from Darren Smith (21-for-27, 366 yards, four TDs) for a 40-yard touchdown reception on the next possession and tacked on the conversion run with eight minutes left.

   "They just have play-makers," H/A coach Tim Petras told the Press & Sun-Bulletin. "Those kids are on a different level, especially for Class D high school football."

   Small-ball season opens: Sophomore QB Brady Vosburgh ran for 291 yards and scored five rushing touchdowns to lead South Lewis to a 70-34 win vs. Binghamton's Seton Catholic in the return of eight-man football to New York.

   Including two on receptions, Vosburgh accounted for seven of the winners' TDs.

   "The kids were just having a blast," South Lewis coach Mike Absolom said. "We haven't had football here at South Lewis in over a year and a half and these kids were just ready to go."

   Also noteworthy: Filling in at tailback for Kenyatta Huston (collar bone injury on the first series), Joe Jamison (10 carries, 83 yards) scored three touchdowns and caused a fumble as Canisius coasted past St. Joe's 55-16 for its eighth straight win in the Western New York series. ... Matt Myers threw for 242 yards and ran for 151 in the first half of West Seneca West's 55-0 win over Hamburg. He threw for four TDs and rushed for two.

   Cole Burgess rushed just four times, but gained 183 yards and scored three touchdowns on runs of 58, 89 and 33 yards as Greenwich cruised past Granville 56-0. ... Jarrett LeGault caught TD passes of 28, 60 and 55 yards, returned a kickoff 81 yards for a touchdown and had a 60-yard rushing carry to lead Red Jacket over Mynderse 46-21. ... QB Darren Shaver ran for TDs covering 52, 42, 70 and 12 yards as Deposit/Hancock beat Unadilla Valley 64-28. He finished with eight carries for 243 yards.

   Scoreboard: Here are the results thus far from Week 4.

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