Leading off today:
Batavia running back Ray Leach
atoned for a fumble on his first team's possession by finishing with 344 rushing yards and six touchdowns Saturday at Batavia won the Section 5 Class B football championship with a 49-14 win over Wayne on Saturday.
Leach scoring runs of 56 and 82 yards in the first half helped the Blue Devils build a 28-7 lead.
The victory by Batavia, ranked fifth last week by the New York State Sportswriters Association, was a reminder of how interesting the final three weeks of the Class B season figure to be. Top-ranked Chenango Forks was the NYSPHSAA runner-up a year ago, NO. 2 Skaneateles earned a state crown in Class C a year ago, No. 4 Ardsley began its season by rolling past defending class champ Pleasantville and hasn't looked back since.
Further, No. 7 Marlboro's only loss has been to Section 9 Class A champ Cornwall, No. 9 Cheektowaga just avenged its only loss by ending previously unbeaten Pioneer's season and No. 10 Glens Falls is just two years removed from a state championship season.
• Skaneateles dominated Cazenovia 41-10 as quarterback Patrick Hackler completed 16 of 21 passes for 200 yards and a pair of touchdowns apiece to Nick Wamp and Nate Wellington. Areh Boni carried 19 times for 137 yards and a TD.
• Chenango Forks blanked Maine-Endwell 15-0 for the program's seventh consecutive Section 4 championship.
The game was scoreless until the closing moments of the first half. Jeremiah Allen's 36-yard reception set up Jake Topa's 4-yard TD throw to Ethan Brown with under :10 to play, and Topa ran in the 2-point conversion for an 8-0 lead.
Forks built a cushion early in the fourth quarter, driving 80 yards in 14 plays and converting three third downs en route to Matt McDonald's 10-yard scoring run.
Observation: Editor Neil Kerr points out that we may have two de facto state championship games in next weekend's NYSPHSAA quarterfinals.