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Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018: South Shore holds off Erasmus Hall rally

   Leading off today: Darius Thompson returned a first-quarter punt 52 yards and threw a 27-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter to start South Shore on its way to a 20-12 victory over No. 2 Erasmus Hall in a matchup of state-ranked PSAL 'AA' football teams Friday.

   Jaquevious Sam built the lead to 20-0 in the fourth quarter with a nine-yard run for South Shore, ranked 21st this week by the New York State Sportswriters Association.

   Erasmus Hall rallied to make it a one-score margin, but Cameron De Sisso recovered a fumbled Erasmus reception in the end zone with under two minutes to go to snuff out a late threat.

   Costly Shaker win: Shaker quarterback Connor McHugh scored on a 1-yard run with 3:19 remaining and the defense stopped the Plainsmen on downs in the final 90 seconds to secure a 14-7 victory.

   Shaker is ranked 14th and Shenendehowa 24th in Class AA.

   The Blue Bison lost sophomore running back Jovani Wiggs to a leg injury with 2:43 left in the third quarter. Wiggs had opened the scoring on the first play of the second quarter by scampering 54 yards to the end zone.

   The Shaker defense recorded three interceptions.

   Stunning Sec. 6 finish: Buffalo Bennett scored on a Hail Mary pass with :04 left to defeat Class AA No. 26 Williamsville North 24-21.

   Williamsville North was trying to run out the clock with a 21-18 lead when Bennett got the ball back at midfield after a mishandled fourth-down snap.

   Tigers QB Aaron Smith rolled out and launched the ball to the end zone, where it was tipped by Justin Campbell and then caught by Jakari Nettles for a 50-yard, game-winning TD.

   More Class AA: Shamel Howard and Makhai Jinks returned interceptions 61 and 40 yards, respectively, for touchdowns as No. 4 Freeport dominated No. 29 Oceanside 38-0. Freeport held Oceanside to 65 total yards and 2-for-11 proficiency on third downs.

    • No. 27 Monroe-Woodbury escaped with a 14-13 win over Middletown on Anthony Campione's 16-yard TD pass to Jack Dembia with :15.4 to play.

    • No. 8 Newburgh surrendered 21 first-half points and lost 24-0 to undefeated River Dell (N.J.).

   Explosive WSE rolls: West Seneca East scored on six of its first seven possessions, rolled up 517 yards of total offense and routed Class A No. 4 Starpoint 59-22.

   Senior running back Shaun Dolac rushed 22 times for 265 yards, scoring on runs of 27, 33 and 46 yards for 24th-ranked West Seneca East. Devare Mathis only carried the ball twice and scored on runs of 52 and 61 yards.

   West Seneca East, which led 31-0 at halftime, recorded four sacks.


   More Class A: No. 9 Clarkstown South kept rolling, but No. 27 Yorktown wasn't so fortunate in Section 1 action.

   Somers earned a 35-21 win vs. Yorktown by rattling off 28 unanswered points. Clarie Balancia led Somers with 198 yards on 15 carries and sophomore fullback Jack Kaiser finished with 165 yards on 23 carries. Balancia got loose for a 71-yard gain that set up Kaiser's fourth touchdown with 8:17 to go.

   Meanwhile, No. 9 Clarkstown South handled No. 21 Rye 49-28. football site

   One play after a field goal cut Rye's deficit to 28-22 late in the first half, Drew Tallevi connected with Jack Tucek (four catches, 126 yards, 2 TDs) for a 48-yard TD pass.

   John Thom had 23 carries for 142 yards and three touchdowns.

   Pioneer reaches 4-0: No. 14 Pioneer beat No. 4 Cheektowaga 33-14 in Section 6 action between ranked teams.

   Mike Rigerman finished with 248 yards rushing and four touchdowns as Pioneer ended Cheektowaga's string of three shutouts to open the season. Tyler Eli opened Pioneer's scoring with a 99-yard run.

   More Class B: No. 22 Vernon-Verona-Sherrill edged No. 23 Cazenovia 14-6 to end a nine-game losing streak in their series. Alex Oliver threw for one touchdown and ran for another in the first quarter.

    • Joe Angelastro rushed 33 times for 305 yards and three touchdowns to lead No. 8 Seaford to a 34-12 win vs. No. 20 Clarke. Craig Ackerman had seven tackles, forced a fumble and recovered a fumble.

   Class C highlights: Eighth-ranked Canastota edged No. 20 Mount Markham 32-27 as Greg Olden ran for two touchdowns and threw for one. Brandon Ball added a TD on an 80-yard kickoff return in the fourth quarter.

   Big finish to reach 4-0: Ryan Chevier threw a 10-yard pass to Vinny Leibl with :04 to play as unbeaten Oneida downed Chittenango 22-14.

   Streak over: Greece Olympia/Odyssey ended its 22-game losing streak with a 36-29 victory against Bishop Timon-St. Jude.

   A'lon Jenkins was 10-for-20 for 244 yards and five touchdowns, including a pair to Sammy Wright.

   More big efforts: Hudson running back Josh Wallace rushed 13 times for 320 yards and scored four touchdowns in a 66-8 win over Johnstown. ... Hunter Edwards had 10 carries for 267 yards and four scores as Cobleskill rolled past Ichabod Crane 52-8. ... Clayton Osborne of Williamsville East finished with 289 yards on the ground and four TDs in a 44-29 win over Sweet Home. ... Hannibal senior Zach Williams scored six TDs to lead the way in a 42-212 win against Port Byron/Union Springs.

   Scoreboard: You can view the Week 4 scoreboard on our Road To Syracuse website.

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