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Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017: Glens Falls win highlights thrilling Class B weekend

   Leading off today: Pete Tobey at The Post-Star wondered in his recap whether Glens Falls' 40-37 win over Schuylerville in overtime was the best local football game ever. The better question, this one from Steve Grandin of the NYSSWA, is how long it's been since we've had a batch of championship football games like what Class B gave us this weekend:

  • No. 1 Glens Falls edged No. 8 Schuylerville
  • No. 3 Homer took a four-score lead before downing No. 5 Cazenovia 28-20
  • No. 4 Hornell got by No. 16 Livonia 22-20
  • No. 7 Marlboro edged New Paltz 27-25 on Friday
  • No. 9 Pleasantville defeated No. 13 Westlake 27-24 in double overtime
  • No. 10 Cheektowaga fought off No. 12 Maryvale 28-27 in OT
   With its ground game neutralized for long stretches, Glens Falls rode the passing of Joe Girard III, who was 24-for-39 for 422 yards and three touchdowns, and got two clutch field goals from Sam Hogan -- a 33-yarder at the end of regulation and a 39-yarder in overtime in the Section 2 title matchup.

   Glens Falls trailed 22-7 late in the first half and was down by 29-28 early in the fourth quarter when linebacker Dakota Trombley snuffed out the Black Horses' 91-yard drive with a fourth-down stop at the Glens Falls 4 with 4:53 to play.

   Girard then drove his team 96 yards in five plays and 1:02, with Aaron Sampson scoring on a 27-yard draw play for a 34-29 lead after the conversion pass attempt failed.

   Schuylerville then drove 10 plays and 82 yards to retake the lead on Paul Harshbarger's 6-yard run and Stratton Sherman's conversion pass to Carson Dunkel with 1:11 left.

   Girard then went 4-for-5 on the game-tying drive that covered 80 yards in eight plays and set up the first Hogan field goal.

   Schuylerville's OT possession ended with a missed 24-yard field goal. Glens Falls netted minus-2 yards on three rushes, but Hogan connected on his 39-yard kick to end the contest.

    • Charlie McPhee's 6-yard TD run in the second OT capped Pleasantville's win vs. Westlake. He finished with 29 carries for 177 yards and two touchdowns.

   The first OT began with Declan McDermott (six catches, 119 yards, two TDs) scampering 16 yards with Jack Howe's tipped pass for a touchdown. Andrew DeBiase responded with a TD, with the extra point making it 21-21.

   Rob DiNota (122 rushing yards, two TDs) kicked a 21-yard field goal for the lead to start the second OT, but Pleasantville then drove the 20 yards in four plays, capped by McPhee's TD run.


    • Linebacker Taivaughn Roach tackled Maryvale's Rashad Law on a 2-point conversion attempt to complete Cheektowaga's overtime victory in the Section 6 title game at New Era Field.

   Maryvale sophomore QB Connor Desiderio (13 of 18, 222 yards, two TDs) had just raced 25 yards for a TD and was playing for the win when Roach made the stop.

   KeShone Beal (155 yards, three TDs) of Cheektowaga had started the OT with three runs for 20 yards and the TD, followed by Alex Sparbel's fourth extra point of the game.

   Class AA: Junior Conner Hayes threw for six touchdowns and ran for another as Cicero-North Syracuse routed Baldwinsville 56-21 for its first Section 3 championship.


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  •    Class A: West Seneca West rallied from two scores down in the third quarter to knock off No. 8 Buffalo South Park 27-24 as senior quarterback Matt Myers engineered a pair of scoring drives that gave the fifth-ranked Indians the lead for good. Senior Josh Karmazyn provided the clinching points with 8:11 to go with a 75-yard interception return for a touchdown.

       Skaneateles keeps rolling: QB Patrick Hackler threw for five scores and ran for two more as Skaneateles routed General Brown 66-27 in Section 3. The junior completed 11 of 19 passes for 240 yards and ran nine times for 138 yards.

       Skaneateles went into halftime with a 34-21 lead before scoring five straight TDs to put the game away.

       More Class C: Caledonia-Mumford/Byron-Bergen rallied from two scored down to beat East Rochester/Gananda 27-26 in the Section 5 championship game.

       ER/Gananda had just gone up 26-13 with 9:10 left when the Red Raiders' Joe Butler returned the ensuing kickoff 86 yards for a touchdown. Cal-Mum/B-B then recovered a fumble on the ER/Gananda kickoff return and running back Bryce Yockel threw a 25-yard TD pass to Lucas Stuccio for the lead with 6:14 remaining.

        • Cal-Mum/B-B quarterback A.J. Maye (7-for-13, 104 yards, one TD) was playing five days after his sister was one of two people killed in a car crash on a Rochester-area expressway. After Maye's final kneel-down in the win, the team embraced him.

       "We are all family, they did it for my family and I did it for them," Maye said. "They have my back and I have theirs. They love me and I love them."

        • The loss was the final game for retiring ER/Gananda coach Dennis Greco, a 150-game winner in 25 seasons.

       Skaneateles keeps rolling: Top-ranked Clyde-Savannah won its Section 5 title-game rematch with a 17-13 win over No. 3 Alexander as Derrick Chance ran for 169 yards and two touchdowns, including a 1-yard score in the third quarter that proved to be game-winner.

       The Golden Eagles went on a 17-play drive that didn't result in points but took well over eight minutes off the clock in the fourth quarter to essentially seal the win.

       Clyde-Savannah and LeRoy are tied for the Section 5 lead with 15 championships apiece.

        • Coach Doug Luke picked up his 200th win as No. 5 Cambridge dominated No. 2 Greenwich 40-7 in the Section 2 final. Greenwich won 43-38 when the teams played five weeks earlier.

       The Indians rushed for 374 yards, led by Colton Dean's 21 carries for 158 yards and four first-half touchdowns. Tommy English added 22 carries for 140 yards and another score.

       Scoreboard: Here are the results from around the state for Week 10 as well as the breakdown of how ranked teams fared.

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