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.