Leading off today:
Shane O'Dell threw for 205 yards, including a 75-yard TD pass, and had an interception on defense for Schalmont in a 14-6 victory
over Troy that ended the two-time defending NYSPHSAA Class AA champions' winning streak at 26 games.
The graduation-depleted Flying Horses, who are back in Class A this season, never threatened again after scoring on their first possession. O'Dell's 75-yard TD pass broke open a 7-6 game in the fourth quarter for the Sabres, who got 103 yards on the ground from Xavier Leigh.
Nice start: Lackawanna quarterback Jeremiah Caviness' varsity debut was an indisputable success. The senior set school records for yards (372), touchdowns (four) and completions (21) in a game as the Steelers rolled past Frontier 35-15.
Caviness' big play came in the second quarter when he found Alex Rodriguez for a 65-yard touchdown pass. Alex's brother, Juan, caught two touchdown passes.
The Lackawanna defense forced five turnovers.
Working extra hard: Billy Thomson led Wayne with 119 yards rushing on 28 carries and scored the winning TD in overtime as Wayne edged East Rochester/Gananda 35-34 in one of the wilder games on opening night.
The Eagles won the overtime coin toss and elected to play defense first, and ER/Gananda scored on a third-down play only to have the two-point conversion fail. That set up Thomson's score and the winning conversion kick.
Wayne quarterback Grayson Zenelovic went 15-for-20 for 262 yards and four touchdowns, three going to Logan Blankenberg (eight catches, 127 yard).
Jayden Castrichini of ER/Gananda ran for 243 yards and four touchdowns on 39 carries.
In other overtime openers:
• Utica Proctor scored a touchdown on a 20-yard carry by Patrick Minor on the first play of overtime and then shut down Binghamton's offense for a 30-24 triumph at the Carrier Dome.
• Logan Haynes interception in overtime sealed Sandy Creek's 32-26 win over Cato-Meridian.
The Blue Devils won the OT coin toss and deferred, which led to a short Alec Balcom (20 carries, 98 yards) touchdown rush from and a blocked extra-point attempt. Cato-Meridian drove to the 10-yard line before Haynes' second interception of the game.
Haynes also scored two TDs and carried 17 times for 140 yards.
Big numbers: Starpoint QB Aaron Chase threw for a school-record 419 yards and four touchdowns in a 35-7 win