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Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018: New Rochelle continues impressive run

   Leading off today: Jordan Forrest finally got the opportunity to fulfill the role of workhouse. He made the most of it Saturday.

   After having carried just 41 times all season while New Rochelle mostly laughed its way though the season, the senior posted 29 carries for 253 yards and three scores as the Huguenots, ranked sixth in the state in Class AA, downed Carmel 54-34 in a Section 1 football semifinal.

   "It's definitely been exciting getting the ball a lot more and showing people what I can do," he said. "Running behind the line we have, it's great. They always get the job done."

   After Carmel pulled within one score of New Rochelle in the second half, Forrest ripped off a 68-yard touchdown run. Teammates Jessie Parson, Omari Walker and Halim Dixon-King each scored a touchdowns or 54 yards or more to complement Forrest's work.

   Walker's 75-yard TD rush made it 48-34, and Dixon-King intercepted Carmel's Peyton Cayea, taking the ball 74 yards to the end zone for the three-time defending sectional champs.

   Attica on a roll: There was a reason Attica entered the weekend 12th in the state in Class C despite two losses, and the Blue Devils put it on display with a 21-14 2 in over East Rochester/Gananda in the Section 5 semifinals.

   Facing fourth-and-six from the ER/G 39, Edward Strzelec hit cousin Zachary Strzelec for a 36-yard completion, setting up Mason Compton's 3-yard TD run with :17 to go.

   In the Week 8 quarterfinal vs. Wayland-Cohocton, the Strzelecs connected on scoring pass with :04.1 seconds left to pull out a 31-28 win.

   "It's never over till it's over and the clock hits zero," said Edward Strzelec, who finished 4-for-9 for 79 yards operating Attica's run-heavy offense. "But that's our mentality: play until the whistle blows whether it's in practice or a game."

   Attica's losses this season have been to Batavia and Livonia, a pair of top-notch Class B teams. The final will be against No. 17 Letchworth/Warsaw, a 28-0 winner over No. 14 Penn Yan.


   Back from an 0-3 start: Hoosic Valley scored the final three touchdowns of the game and defeated Whitehall 22-7 in the Section 2 Class D semifinals to return to the title game.

   The Indians opened the season with three straight losses for the second straight year. Unlike last year when it was routed by Greenwich in the semifinals, Hoosic Valley secured the program's second title-game berth since 2015.

   The Indians avenged a 40-20 loss against Whitehall from Week 3.

   "When we were 0-3, we didn't put our heads down," coach Pete Porcelli said. "We went back to the drawing board, made a few changes and the kids bought in. I am really proud of their effort tonight."

   Football scoreboard: You can check out all of the Week 9 scores on our Road to Syracuse website.

   Ketcham boys win again: Though it entered the tournament as a No. 6 seed, Roy C. Ketcham is the Section 1 boys Class AA soccer champion courtesy of a 2-1 win over Ossining.


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  •    Ketcham finished third in its own league behind Arlington and John Jay-East Fishkill, but now it has its first sectional trophy since 2004.

       "It's been crazy because no one believed in us," goalkeeper John Varasi said after a 12-save performance. "We beat Mahopac (in the first round), which we were expected to do, but then we had Arlington and everyone wrote us off, said we weren't going to win. But we pulled out a 2-1 victory, then (John) Jay in overtime, which was really special."

       Spencerport survives: Two-time defending girls Class A champion Spencerport pulled out a 3-2 win over Our Lady of Mercy in the Section 5 final on senior Erin Coykendall's goal.

       The teams played a scoreless tie in a regular-season tournament semifinal, with Spencerport advancing on penalty kicks.

       "They played us really hard the first time. They put a tie on our record and I think the last few years we've had a tie and didn't like it. It was good to get that redemption since they ruined a perfect record," Coykendall said.

       A long time in the making: Hinsdale endured a 46-game losing streak in girls soccer from 2011-14. On Saturday, the Bobcats went to bed as Section 5 Class D-2 champions.

       Kiley Tuttle converted a penalty kick after a handball violation in the penalty area to break a 2-2 tie and Kahley Rhodes tacked on an insurance goal in the final two minutes.

       Long battle to advance: Potsdam played unbeaten Gouverneur to a 2-2 tie for the Section 10 Class B championship and then advanced to the state tournament by a 4-3 margin in penalty kicks.

       The Sandstoners tied the game with just two-tenths of a second left in regulation as Brittany Martin intercepted a clearing attempt deep in the Gouverneur zone and sent the ball to the top of the penalty area for Sophia Janoyan to cash in.

       Gouverneur regained the lead on an Elaina Porter goal in the first OT, but Potsdam eighth-grader Kennedy Emerson blasted home the tying goal from 30 yards out in the final minute of the second OT.

       Both teams converted three attempts in the first stage of penalty kicks and Martin gave Potsdam the lead with a goal in the eight round. The Gouverneur attempt for the tie slid by wide to the left.

       Potsdam's Taylor Benda made 13 saves during regulation and overtime and two more in the shootout.

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