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Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018: Class B shaping up as most interesting

   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.

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   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.

  

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  •    The Chenango Forks vs. Skaneateles game pairs the top two teams in the NYSSWA Class B rankings and Class D No. 1 Clymer/Sherman/Panama has an appointment with No. 2 Alexander.

       Such quirks happen in various sports each year. It's just one of the inconveniences associated with having such a large, oddly shaped state in which geography has to take priority over seeding.

       Late heroics: Holland Patent scored 14 points in the final 4:00 to pull out a 21-14 win over General Brown for the Section 3 Class C crown.

       Golden Knights Nick Herringshaw hit Jeff Sobel for a 12-yard TD pass with 3:53 left to tie the score at 14, then Holland Patent recovered a fumble and drove to another score on a 2-yard keeper by the quarterback.

       Warrensburg loses RB, wins game: Warrensburg lost 1,200-yard rusher Jesse Griffin to a collarbone injury early in the contest but defeated Hoosic Valley 28-6 for the Section 2 Class D title.

       QB Evan MacDuff rushed 18 times for 49 yards and two touchdowns, carrying the load once Griffin left after dominating the Burghers' opening 10-play, 80-yard drive with eight carries that included a 24-yard scoring scamper.

       Scoreboard: You can check out all of the Week 10 scores on our Road to Syracuse website and also view how ranked teams fared.


      
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