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Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018: Long Island QB throws for 430 yards in first half

   Leading off today: Playing with a leg brace because of a torn ACL suffered six weeks ago, Nico Morello passed for a school-record 430 yards and five touchdowns -- all in the first half -- Friday in his first varsity football start, a 47-14 victory for Eastport-South Manor over Amityville.

   "He's worked hard to get back," coach Chris Prokesch told Newsday. "It just show a lot of dedication and character to be able to come back and play any high school game. It's a real credit to him."

   Larry Cangro had 249 yards on five receptions and a touchdown in the win. Guy Buckley made three TD receptions.

   Picture getting clearer: Fifteen ranked teams suffered losses Friday -- many to other ranked squads -- as we gained some clarity on what the top of the New York landscape will look like when many schools start their postseason in two weeks.

   In the PSAL alone, three close contests shook up Class AA:

    • No. 13 South Shore edged No. 5 Tottenville 33-28.
    • No. 19 Erasmus Hall downed No. 18 Midwood 6-0.
    • Unranked Harry Truman toppled No. 20 Lehman 14-8.

   South Shore senior quarterback Darius Thompson scored on a 32-yard run with 37 seconds to go in the upset of the Pirates. Tottenville had taken a 28-27 lead with 4:04 to play as QB James Kelly connected with Kolubah Pewee on a TD pass and Mike Jones ran in the 2-point conversion.

   Thomson's heroics completed a rally from a 20-6 deficit at the half.

   Heartbreaker for St. A's: QB Jayden Umbarger rushed for a 9-yard touchdown with 1:46 left and completed a 2-point conversion pass to Chris Clark to cap a 22-point rally in the fourth quarter of Archbishop Spalding's 43-42 win over St. Anthony's in Maryland.

   The Friars, ranked third in Class AA, had scored three touchdowns in the third quarter to bolt to a 42-21 lead against the Maryland powerhouse.

   More Class AA: QB Terrance Edmond had 17 carries for 185 yards and two touchdowns to lead No. 2 Freeport to a 39-12 triumph against No. 24 Massapequa. Justin Lescouflair added 14 carries for 103 yards and two touchdowns to go along with a 7-yard scoring catch.


    • Section 6 seems to grow murkier by the day. Orchard Park QB Jack Sharp found Archie Bartolotti for a 10-yard TD with 2:26 remaining to beat Buffalo Bennett 23-22. Bennett was coming off a victory against 2017 NYSPHSAA runner-up Lancaster last week.

   Canandaigua posts shutout: Junior Matt Vierhile turned a short hitch from QB Jack Johnston into a 43-yard TD reception in the second quarter to start No. 20 Canandaigua on its way to a 12-0 victory against No. 9 Victor.

   More Class A: Bryce Ford rushed for five touchdowns and added two passing touchdowns to lead No. 27 John Jay Cross River over No. 11 Our Lady of Lourdes 49-28.

    • Aaron Chase (24 of 40, 344 yards) threw a 57-yard TD pass to Matt Spina just nine seconds after Buffalo South Park broke a 14-14 tie, and No. 29 Starpoint went on to a 21-20 triumph over the No. 21 Sparks.

   Starpoint rallied from a 14-0 deficit after South Park converted a pair of turnovers into scores. football site

    • No. 30 Goshen earned its first win over No. 24 Warwick since 2004, pulling out a 14-7 triumph on the strength of Matt Giordano's 70-yard TD throw to senior Jack Kunis.

    • Playing just hours after the resignation of coach Mike Connolly, third-ranked Cornwall stormed past winless Hyde Park FDR 55-7. Freshman quarterback Aidan Semo threw for 238 yards and four touchdowns.

   Class B: Running back Ryan Romagnoli ran for two TDs and threw for one as No. 22 Cazenovia beat No. 24 Oneida 28-12. Romagnoli carried 19 times for 127 yards.

   Class C: Second-ranked Susquehanna Valley overwhelmed Newark Valley 62-0 behind 401 yards of total offense.

   QB Jarred Freije rushed five times for 111 yards and completed four of nine passes for 92 yards.

   Newark Valley, which hadn't lost a regular-season game since Week 6 of 2015, played without rushing leader Caden Bennett, who suffered an injury in practice on Thursday.

   Big numbers: Kevin Coleman ran for over 300 yards and five TDs as Pelham outlasted Poughkeepsie 57-42. ... Michael Tipping carried 16 times for 294 yards and six touchdowns for Millbrook in a 68-24 rout of Onteora. ... General Brown's Jake Heller (14 of 17, 230 yards) threw five touchdown passes -- four of them to Matt McManaman (six catches, 165 yards) -- during a 76-12 win over Thousand Islands.

   More notes: Averill Park is 6-0 for the first time in 25 years after a 54-27 victory vs. Amsterdam. ... Cheektowaga's 44-0 win over Lewiston-Porter marked its fifth shutout of the season to tie a 1949 school record. ... Alexander's Chris McClinic, a first-team all-state running back in Class D a year ago, was hurt in the Trojans' first series and did not return to the 26-6 win over Batavia Notre Dame.

   Scoreboard: You can check out all of the Week 6 scores and remaining schedule on our Road to Syracuse website.

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