Leading off today:
Section 6 got wins Saturday from Cleveland Hill, Cheektowaga and Lancaster to complete an unprecedented 5-0 weekend vs. Section 5 representatives in the NYSPHSAA football quarterfinals.
Aaron Wahler (16 carries, 212 yards) scored two of his three touchdowns in the fourth quarter to close out a 38-20 win for Cleveland Hill over Caledonia-Mumford/Byron-Bergen in the Class C contest.
Wahler's 59-yard run on a third-and-3 play put Cleveland Hill ahead 22-20, and Javon Thomas followed with a 46-yard run TD run. Wahler capped the rally with a 91-yard run as the two combined for 354 of Cleveland Hill's 414 yards.
Cheektowaga junior quarterback KeShone Beal threw for two TDs and ran for the other two as the Warriors defeated Hornell 28-6 in Class B. Beal finished with 244 yards passing and led the offense with 76 yards on the ground.
Beal connected with Jaquan Bush on a 33-yard touchdown pass to cap off the Warriors' opening possession. Lamar Reeves' interception near midfield set the table for a Beal 6-yard run and a 14-0 lead in the first quarter.
In the Class AA contest, second-ranked Lancaster blanked Aquinas 9-0. Max Giordano, who'd fumbled the ball away deep in Little Irish territory on Lancaster's first possession, gave the Legends all the points they would need with a 13-yard TD reception later in the first quarter.
Lancaster's starters, who have allowed just six points all season, finished with five sacks.
"This was an old school, smash mouth football game," Lancaster coach Eric Rupp said. "Our defense has played unbelievable all year. Tonight was their shining moment on the big stage and they came through."
Skaneateles survives: Skaneateles took down defending NYSPHSAA Class C champion Newark Valley 42-41, stopping a 2-point conversion on the final snap at Union-Endicott.
Top-ranked Newark Valley had been riding a 23-game winning streak.
Lakers QB Patrick Hackler finished 16-of-25 for 231 yards and five touchdowns, while running for 88 yards on 10 carries. With his five-touchdown game, Hackler set the NYSPHSAA record for passing scores in a season with 46. The previous record of 45 was set by Greg Paulus of Syracuse CBA in 2002.
Skaneateles led by 14 points with under seven minutes to play, but the Cardinals cut the lead to 42-35 with 6:23 remaining and scored again with a fraction of a second to play as sophomore Caden Bennett (182 rushing yards) went three yards around the right side on a reverse.
Playing for the win, Newark Valley called on Hunter Hoffmier for a run over the left side, but be was met by multiple defenders and stopped short. Skaneateles fielded the ensuing kickoff to end the game.
More Class C: Sophomore quarterback Joe Tortello threw for 224 yards and four TDs on 11-for-15 accuracy as Holy Trinity defeated Ogdensburg 41-14.
Junior Nolan Priest made three interceptions. The first, with 1:09 left in the first half, set up a 77-yard touchdown pass from Tortello to Nacier Hundley.