• No. 23 Somers
avenged a Week 5 loss by downing No. 11 John Jay Cross River 21-3 to keep hopes of a second straight NYSPHSAA title alive.
John Jay had not trailed in a game all season.
"Listen, we didn't win this game tonight. We won this game all week," two-way lineman Gargiulo told The Journal News. "If you came to one of our practices, you'd be astonished. The way we practiced, the way we worked, you'd have known we were going to win. The confidence level is high. We're going to win this whole section."
Senior quarterback Kevin Olifiers rushed for a team-best 81 yards and a touchdown.
Class B: In regular-season action in Section 8, Luke Caliendo capped off a 17-play, 87-yard drive with a 2-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter of Carle Place/Wheatley's 14-7 win over No. 13 Locust Valley.
• Dunkirk changed up its lineup and knocked off No. 22 Albion 25-7.
Devaun Farnham-DeJesus moved from receiver to QB, finishing 5-for-7 for 69 yards and also rushing for 45 yards. Jazzy Rivera, who moved from behind center to running back, finished with 109 yards on eight carries.
Farnham-DeJesus booted a 45-yard field goal with :10 left in the first half to put Dunkirk ahead for good.
"Jazzy was all for it," coach Mike Sarratori said of the switches. "He said, 'Hey, coach, I'll go anywhere else, just let me know.' And he did. He played a lot of positions. He played fullback, tight end, four-back, and flanker. We need our athletes on the field this time of year, so we're going to put them on the field.'
Dunkirk out-gained Albion 389-71.
• Liberty's Roy Penn-Cosentino rushed 18 times for 330 yards and six touchdowns to highlight a 57-31 victory over James I. O'Neill. His final scoring carry covered 80 yards with 4:00 to play.
• Jimmy Verney ran for a career-high 298 yards and two touchdowns, also completing 6 of 10 passes for 168 yards and three scores to lead New Paltz over Rondout Valley 55-27. Mike Pisciotta rushed for 182 yards and three touchdowns on 13 carries for the Huguenots, who outscored Rondout Valley 28-0 in the second half.
Class C: Ben Marshall and Andrew Marshall ran for second-quarter TDs for third-ranked Canastota in a 14-7 win over No. 16 Thousand Islands.
• Junior QB Kaleb Taylor was 6-for-6 for 146 yards and three touchdowns to go with 92 rushing yards and another TD as Chatham rolled past No. 13 Mechanicville.
Also noteworthy: Elijah Hewitt rushed for 201 yards and two touchdowns and had two interceptions at safety to lead Roosevelt past Saugerties 28-14. ... Airihk Ashley ran 30 times for 323 yards and three TDs as Elmira edged Vestal 34-28. Charlie Mahon's 2-yard scoring rush broke a 28-28 tie with :33 to play, and Nate Latshaw preserved the win with an interception deep in Express territory.
Schuylerville quarterback Stratton Sherman threw for 233 yards and two touchdowns, and ran for three more TDs to beat Cobleskill-Richmondville 49-21. Sherman was 7-for-7 in the first half for 178 yards. On defense, Justin Carte had three interceptions for the Horses. ... Darren Smith threw for five first-half TDs as Sidney edged Bainbridge-Guilford 40-32. He finished 10-for-19 for 368 yards.
Scoreboard: Here are the results from around the state for Week 8 as well as the breakdown of how ranked teams fared.
More tomorrow: Friday's schedule featured an unusual matchup with an outcome that may or may not have been expected. I'm still trying to dig up some background on it, and I'll dish it up Sunday morning.