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Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018: Iona Prep edges Stepinac in overtime

   Leading off today: Iona Prep sophomore Frankie McFadden rushed for the go-ahead score and a 2-point conversion in overtime to cap an improbable 36-34 comeback win over Archbishop Stepinac in CHSFL football Saturday.

   Stepinac, the defending state CHSAA champion, entered the game ranked sixth in the state in Class AA. Iona Prep was 11th.

   Jimaar Edwards intercept a screen pass from Stepinac's Joey Carino and rambled 20 yards for the tying touchdown late in the fourth quarter to set the stage for overtime.

   "Jimaar was a running back on the JV -- 50 or 60 pounds ago," Iona Prep coach Joe Spagnolo said. "He likes to boogie when he gets the ball."

   Iona Prep quarterback Derek Robertson finished 20 of 32 for 298 yards and two touchdowns.

   Road warriors: Aquinas, which has yet to play in its home section let alone on its home field, defeated Canisius 35-24 as Ulysees Russell scored on a 90-yard pass from Tyler Szalkowski (12-for-17 for 219 yards and a pair of scores) in the second quarter and Kobe McNair followed up with a 56-yard fumble return for a score.

   Aquinas, ranked fifth in Class AA, opened with wins vs. Monroe-Woodbury in Syracuse and at Binghamton. Canisius, ranked 28th, hadn't lost at home since 2010.

   HHH West wins: Gerald Filardi threw a 25-yard touchdown pass, hitting Justin Brown in stride in the back of the end zone with 6:37 left for the final score as No. 19 Half Hollow Hills West beat No. 21 Sayville 34-18 in Class A action.

   Filardi finished 4-for-5 for 106 yards and two touchdowns. He also has six tackles and a diving interception on defense before departing with cramping issues.

   Two more Class B upsets: Kyle Szokoli threw for 275 yards and three touchdowns as 13th-ranked John Glenn edged No. 8 Babylon 27-20. Justin rushed Tiernan for 113 yards and caught three passes for 101 yards.

    • Class A Minisink Valley rolled up 35 first-half points and downed No. 16 Burke Catholic 41-6. Ryan Johanson threw for five TDs, including three to John Mack in the first half.

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   Squeaker for Utica ND: Treijen Garrett threw a 23-yard TD pass to receiver Pat Espinosa with :42.6 left as No. 11 Utica Notre Dame edged No. 17 Mount Markham 42-35 in Class C.

   Garrett ran for two touchdowns and threw for two more. Receiver Mike Washington scored on a 62-yard run in the first quarter and a 20-yard return off a fumble in the second quarter.

   More Class C: Sixteenth-ranked Gouverneur edged No. 9 Ogdensburg 22-20 as QB Caleb Farr rushed 13 times for 76 yards and gained three first downs during a drive that consumed the final 6:37.

   Garrison Gonyeau added 10 carries for 114 yards. Peyton Schmitt had 96 yards on 18 carries and erased OFA's second lead of the game with a 15-yard touchdown run with 3:33 remaining in the third quarter.

  
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   Surprise start: Johnstown recovered the opening onside kick, scored on the first possession and never trailed in a 35-28 win over Gloversville.

   Johnstown running back Trey Stover rushed 16 times for 246 yards and three TDs.

   Exciting finish: Beekmantown stopped a 2-point conversion pass with :14 left and defeated Saranac 15-13.

   Saranac had pulled within two points as Jacob Nolan (six catches, 92 yards) hauled in a 17-yard touchdown catch from Luke Maye.

   Eight-man game of the day: Host Holley outlasted Marcus Whitman 58-52 on the strength of four Jacob Affronti TDs on 20 carries and 262 yards -- all in the first half.

   Jamel Hildreth's 70-yard kickoff return put the Hawks ahead 42-40 early in the fourth quarter, and QB Cody Tanis' 38-yard TD on a fourth-and-1 play with 3:45 to go regained the lead. Tanis' 61-yard keeper up the gut with 1:22 to go made it 58-46.

   Quarterback bonanzas: Joe Tortello passed for seven touchdowns and 308 yards on 16-for-17 accuracy as Holy Trinity defeated Canajoharie/Fort Plain 56-20.    Aidan Semo was 12-for-15 for 205 yards and seven TDs as Cornwall rolled past Saugerties 63-20.

   More big numbers: Nathan Carter rushed 30 times for 285 yards and a trio of touchdowns as Bishop Kearney/Rochester Prep edged Bishop Timon-St. Jude 26-20.

   More later: It looks like there are forfeits coming in Section 3 because of a bookkeeping error and fan violence in Rochester put an end to a big Class A game Saturday. I'll recap those developments in a second blog later Sunday.

   Scoreboard: You can view the Week 3 scoreboard on our Road To Syracuse website. In addition, the NYSSWA's Steve Grandin has compiled the rundown of how ranked teams fared.


  
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