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Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017: Garden City defends title, runs win streak to 24

   Leading off today: Garden City completed its second straight 12-0 season Saturday with a 24-6 victory against North Babylon for the Long Island Class II football championship at Hofstra University.

   Andrew DeSantis, whose role on offense was limited much of the season after being hobbled by an injury, scored on a 38-yard run midway through the first quarter and made a 60-yard scoring reception on a Colin Hart throw in the second half.

   "It was an awesome feeling," said DeSantis, third-team all-state on defense a year ago. "I hadn't scored a touchdown since the first week."

   Trevor Yeboah-Kodie chipped in with 97 yards on 11 carries to go with his 92-yard interception return for a touchdown, his 30th scoring play of the season.

   Seaford wins thriller: A week after his team threw zero passes while winning a Section 8 championship, sophomore quarterback Logan Masters (8-for-15) accounted for 147 yards through the air as Seaford downed Miller Place 29-27 in the Long Island Class IV championship game.

   Joe Angelastro added 133 yards and three touchdowns on 24 carries to send retiring coach Rob Perpall out a winner.

   "We thought their line was so huge that we wouldn't be able to run the ball 50 times against them," Perpall said. "We wanted to keep them off balance, and I think we did."

   Masters threw 31 yards to Zachary Grof for a score on the final play of the first half and a 15-12 lead. An Angelastro TD run from 19 yards out extended the lead midway through the fourth quarter, but the Panthers' Tom Nealis caught a 23-yard TD pass and Tyler Ammirato ran in the conversion to cut the margin to 22-20.

   Angelastro's 11-yard TD run turned it into a two-score game again, but Miller Place moved within 29-27 on a 22-yard touchdown pass reception by Anthony Filippetti with 8:50 remaining.

   Miller Place got one more chance and drove tote Seaford 41, but Ryan Butler intercepted a third-and-long throw.

   A first for WSW: West Seneca West completed a perfect season by winning the New York State Public High Schools Athletic Association Class A championship with a 14-6 win vs. Yorktown at the Carrier Dome.


   Senior QB Matt Myers (22-for-38, 202 yards) accounted for 284 of West Seneca West's 289 yards in total offense, and a defense that surrendered a 67-yard touchdown drive on Yorktown's first series held the Huskers to just 107 yards the rest of the way.

   "It's pretty crazy," defensive end Liam Scheuer said. "I never thought at the beginning of the season we'd take it this far. This is a good one. I'll remember it for a long time."

   Myers passed for 55 yards and rushed for 11 yards on WSW's first drive, culminating in Bryan Ball's TD run. Josh Clifton's extra-point kick gave the Indians the lead for good as defense dominated the rest of the afternoon.

   Myers, the Bishop Timon-St. Jude transfer bound for the University at Buffalo next fall, capped a 77-yard drive with a 2-yard touchdown run with 1:37 left.


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  •    A first for Skaneateles: Skaneateles used a balanced offense to take control and then held off Holy Trinity 28-25 to capture its first NYSPHSAA Class C championship.

       Lakers QB Patrick Hackler, who also ran for 140 yards, finished 11-for-21 with 187 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions. Running back Areh Boni had 176 yards and a touchdown on 29 carries, and receiver Nick Wamp hauled in four catches for 86 yards and two touchdowns.

       Skaneateles led by 16 points entering the fourth quarter, but the Pride charged late with 13 points over the final five minutes.

       "We definitely made some mistakes, so it really came down to playing as a team, playing as a unit and not turning on each other," said Hackler who also made an interception on defense. "It shows our hard work throughout everything."

       Cambridge repeats: Cambridge churned out a 14-play, 68-yard scoring drive in the fourth quarter to cap a 26-14 win over Maple Grove and its second straight NYSPHSAA Class D title.

       The drive was the Cambridge response to a 55-yard interception return for a score by Easton Tanner that had pulled Maple Grove back into contention in its bid to avenge last year's double-overtime loss.

       Colton Dean, who rushed for 79 yards and two touchdowns, scored his 15th rushing touchdown with 4:50 remaining, roaring in from the 8.

       The victory marked the first time that a Section 2 team went back-to-back in the 25-year-old state tournament and gave Cambridge three championships overall.

       "It says we're one of the best teams from Cambridge," senior Brenden Holcomb said. "It is a great feeling. We can always say, 'Remember the time we won two state championships?' It is just awesome."

       More weekend reading: My weekly column for the Press & Sun-Bulletin covers some highlights of the nearly concluded fall season, including a look at just how accurate (or not) the New York State Sportswriters Association was with its opening sets of rankings in football, soccer and cross country.

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