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Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017: Grand Island pulls upset of Starpoint in Class A

   Leading off today: Thomas Cecere ran for 203 yards, ran for three touchdowns and brought an interception back 64 yards for another score as Grand Island upset Starpoint 33-7 in Class A football Friday night.

   Starpoint is ranked sixth in the state in Class A by he New York State Sportswriters Association. It had won 17 straight games in the Section 6 Class A North division.

   "We felt it was a must win for us, almost like a playoff game," Grand Island coach Dean Santorio told The Buffalo News after his team improved to 4-1.

   Interclass matchups: Week 5 is a busy one for matchups of ranked teams from different classes. With the exception of Clyde-Savannah knocking off Class C Marcus Whitman 34-8, the larger teams generally fared well, including Wayne digging out of an 0-2 start to the season and beating East Rochester/Gananda 11-6 for its third straight win.

   Class B Wayne handed the Bombers, ranked No. 2 in Class C, their first-regular-season loss since 2014.

   ER/Gananda drove to the Eagles' 2-yard-line on its final possession. After a failed pass, three straight runs came up short.

   Also in Section 5, Bath rolled up a 323-96 advantage in total offense and dominated Cuba-Rushford 46-7. Senior Connor DiDomineck rushed for 173 yards on eight carries, scoring on carries of 56, 43 and 14 yards for Bath, rated 12th in Class C. The Rams's five first-half TDs came on possessions of three or fewer plays.

   Cuba-Rushford is ranked 18th in Class D.

      Devaun Farnham-Dejesus and Quantavis Kleckley combined for 316 rushing yards and five TDs as Dunkirk, No. 15 in Class B, scored a 34-28 win over Southwestern, 17th in Class C.

   Also in Section 6, Matt Myers ran the ball 13 times for 124 yards and TDs of 7 and 50 yards as West Seneca West dominated Lackawanna 35-8. WSW is ranked ninth in Class B and Lackawanna is 17th in Class B.

   Impressive rally: Sweet Home scored the game's final 32 points, including a 20-yard TD carry by Dylan McDuffie (15 carries, 111 yards) in overtime, to rally past Kenmore East 32-24.

   McDuffie finished with a pair of touchdowns and all four 2-point conversions for the Panthers, who trailed 24-0 in the second quarter.

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   Big yardage: Austen Eisenmann made the most of his nine carries, racking up 380 yards and five TDs as Watertown defeated Oswego 66-14. Marquise Wilson added 148 yards and two touchdowns as the Cyclones finished with 543 yards on the ground.

   Class AA: Max Giordano returned the opening kickoff 84 yards to start Lancaster on its way to a school record for points in a game and a 61-28 win over Niagara-Wheatfield.

  
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   Andrew Hersey, was one of three Legends to return kickoffs for scores, tacked on a pair of first-quarter touchdowns for a 19-0 lead and tallied once more in the second quarter.

   Class C: Zach Barker scored four rushing touchdowns to lead third-ranked General Brown to a 41-7 win over No. 18 Thousand Islands in a matchup of undefeated teams.

   Barker (26 carries, 199 yards) scores from three and seven yards in the third quarter gave General Brown a 35-7 lead.

    • Tom Galfo threw a pair of touchdown passes in the second quarter as Silver Creek/Forestville edged 20th-ranked Cassadaga Valley/Falconer 13-7.

   Class D: Chris McClinic rushed for 208 yards and four TDs as No. 5 Alexander came away with a 36-12 triumph at No. 12 Canisteo-Greenwood.

   McClinic has run for 1022 yards in five games.

   "Chris is as dynamic as they come," Alexander coach Tim Sawyer told The Daily News. "His vision, his anticipation, it's all top-notch. It's hard to teach the way he runs -- he's very low to the ground, he's got great ball security. He's just a very gifted player."

   Also noteworthy: Drew Walsh carries 14 times for 199 yards and returned the second-half kickoff 93 yards for a TD as Norwich downed Chenango Valley 48-13. ... Maryvale scored 47 first-quarter points and beat Depew 67-6. Jay Henley ran for 77 yards and two touchdowns to go with a pair of interceptions on defense. ... Joe Benedict compiled 257 yards rushing on six carries and scored five first-quarter touchdowns as Sandy Creek defeated Weedsport 38-16. He also forced fumble and made a fumble recovery for the Comets.

   Scoreboard: Here are the results thus far from Week 5 as well as a rundown of how the state's ranked teams have fared.


  
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