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Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017: Queensbury upsets Averill Park in Sec. 2 semifinals

   Leading off today: Brendan Scott rushed for two touchdowns and Nate Angell passed for two Friday as Queensbury rolled past Averill Park 42-20 and into the Section 2 Class A football championship game.

   The Spartans avenged an Oct. 7 loss to Averill Park, ranked 11th in the state by the New York State Sportswriters Association.

   Queensbury jumped out to a 14-0 lead on first-quarter TD runs by Scott (10 carries, 107 yards) and Patrick Conway. The lead grew to 28-0 at the half as Liam O’Mara scored on a 32-yard pass from Angell, and Scott added a 31-yard TD run.

   Big Section 1 clashes: Four ranked teams put their seasons on the line in Section 1, where No. 2 Yorktown edged No. 17 Rye 23-19 and No. 15 Somers took down No. 12. Our Lady of Lourdes.

   When the semifinal winners met in the 2016 Section 1 title game, Somers rolled past Yorktown 42-6.

   Maryland lacrosse recruit Brett Makar carried 33 times for 189 yards and touchdown to pave the way for Yorktown.

   Cameron Pepe scored a touchdown on a 40-yard carry and booted the winning field goal from 35 yards out midway through the fourth quarter as Somers advanced.

   "I approach every kick with the belief that I'm gonna make it," Pepe told The Journal News. "This one was no different. I had kind of a rocky start to the season kicking, but I've been pretty good since."

   More Class A: Junior QB Freddy June Jr. threw two touchdown passes and ran for two TDs as sixth-ranked Irondequoit defeated Canandaigua 40-34. The Eagles scored the first 27 points of the game but had to hold off a big Canandaigua rally in the second half.

   Irondequoit will play 19th-ranked Wilson, a 40-14 winner over No. 18 Brockport. Wildcats senior Rickey Gamble (six receptions, 170 yards) scored three touchdowns and Wilson brought two of the four Blue Devils turnovers back for touchdowns.

   Arlington eliminated: Clarkstown South ousted 25th-ranked Arlington in the Section 1 Class AA tournament with a 23-9 win. Trailing 9-7 in the third quarter, Sam Franco took a third-down handoff down the left side for 31 yards and the go-ahead score, followed by his 2-point conversion run.


   More Class AA: Sixth-ranked Cicero-North Syracuse dominated No. 28 Syracuse Corcoran 41-7, but the bigger story was the altercation that broke out after the game.

   Erik Pride rushed for four touchdowns for the Northstars.

   After the final whistle, the teams lined up for handshakes. According to, pushing broke out, punches were thrown and the players had to be separated. Some C-NS players were injured and taken to the team's training room to be treated.


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  •    Class B: Third-ranked Homer eliminated No. 16 Vernon-Verona-Sherrill 34-0 on a night of wins by Class B favorites.

       Senior John Horner III ran for a pair of touchdowns.

       "We played a complete game tonight. Everybody came out to play tonight," said Homer QB Jake O'Donnell, who started the scoring with a 13-yard pass to Dante Yacavone.

       The other Section 3 semi saw No. 5 Cazenovia defeat No. 23 Marcellus 14-3. The Lakers, who got two interceptions from Mike McLaughlin, will be playing in their sixth straight sectional championship game next Saturday.

        • Tenth-ranked Cheek- towaga piled up 474 yards of offense in dominating No. 20 Dunkirk 52-15. Warriors QB Keshone Beal was 7-for-9 passes for 184 yards and a 6-yard TD pass to Keon White. He also ran 17 times for 180 yards and three scores.

       Class D: Matt Pelkey scored a pair of second-half touchdowns to key No. 11 Moriah's 28-22 win over No. 7 Ticonderoga, avenging its only regular-season loss.

       Non-playoff action: Aquan Moultire rushed for 92 yards on 15 carriers and scored two touchdowns, including the game-winner in overtime, as South Lewis rallied for a 26-20 win vs. Tupper Lake in an eight-man contest with a twist.

       South Lewis was a charter member of this season's revival of eight-man football this fall.    Tupper Lake (2-4) started the season playing 11-man football but twice had to forfeit games due to a shortage of healthy players. With a playoff game against Moriah looming next weekend, Tupper Lake coach Dennis Klossner agreed to fill an open date by taking on South Lewis.

       "We began looking into eight-man football over the summer, and I think that it could very well be our future," Klossner said. "In my eyes, that's what we are eventually going to be doing. Next year is a possibility. ... We want to keep football alive, and it's worth looking into. This is going to be good for Tupper football."

       Scoreboard: Here are the results from around the state for Week 9 as well as the breakdown of how ranked teams fared.

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