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Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018: Oceanside freshman throws for 539 yards, eight TDs

   Leading off today: Oceanside freshman quarterback Charlie McKee tied a state record with eight touchdown passes and a Section 8 playoff record with 30 completions in a 62-33 victory over Farmingdale in a Nassau Conference I football semifinal Saturday.

   McKee finished 30-for-40 for 539 yards. The yardage total is fifth in state history and the third-best performance by a Long Island QB.

   "I just played my game," McKee said after advancing the Sailors into the Nassau I title game against Freeport. "I threw the ball to the guys, and the guys did great today. The line, I couldn't even say how good they were."

   Jake Lazzaro finished with nine catches for 309 yards and five touchdowns, the latter two setting Section 8 records. The yardage figure was third in state history.

   McKee was called up to the varsity late in the 2017 regular season to learn from record-setting senior Tommy


   "This system is for him," Oceanside coach Rob Blount said. "He's a drop-back passer and he does a great job distributing the ball. ... He's 14 years old, but he played like a four-year veteran today."

   More L.I. football: West Islip quarterback Mike LoDonna rushed for 177 yards and three TDs on 13 carries in a 54-7 win over North Babylon in the Suffolk Division II semifinals. LoDonna also threw for two touchdowns.

   West Islip is heading to its third straight Section 11 final, where the Lions will play Lindenhurst.

   "We're big into reloading in our program and the players believe in the system," coach Steve Mileti said. "None of this happens by accident. We're a family and we play for each other."

   Stepinac gaining steam: Senior running back Malik Grant piled up 392 yards and three touchdowns on 38 carries as Archbishop Stepinac defeated Iona Prep 37-26 in the CHSFL Class AAA semifinals.

   Stepinac, which endured a four-game losing streak earlier in the season, improved to 6-4 and will face Cardinal Hayes (4-4) for the championship next weekend. The Crusaders have won three of the last four titles.

   St. Francis wins MMAA: St. Francis avenged a regular-season loss, defeating Canisius 20-16 for the Monsignor Martin Athletic Association's large-school championship. The Red Raiders (5-6) will play the Stepinac-Hayes winner for the state CHSAA championship.

   Sophomore quarterback Jake Ritts finished 13-for-25 for 207 yards and two passing touchdowns, including a 6-yard pass to Antonio Corsi with 2:06 left to all but seal St. Francis' victory.


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  •    Girls volleyball: Hempstead Sacred Heart rallied to a five-set victory in the CHSAA girls volleyball championship match over host Lancaster St. Mary's.

       The final score was 14-25, 25-20, 15-25, 25-16, 27-25.

       St. Mary's rallied from a 10-8 deficit in the third set only to see Sacred Heart close out the fourth with a 10-5 run. Sacred Heart overcame deficits of 19-16 and 23-18 in the deciding set.

       Emily Barry finished with 13 kills and Riley Leimbach recorded 39 assists in the victory.

       Girls soccer: St. Anthony's moved to within one win of back-to-back perfect seasons by beating Christ the King 6-1 in the CHSAA semifinals at College of Staten Island.

       The Friars will play Buffalo Nichols in Sunday's championship contest. Nichols edged St. Joseph-by-the-Sea 2-1

       Brianna Jablonowski had two goals and an assist for St. Anthony's. Samantha Adams also scored twice.


       N.J. rumble: Twenty-two players -- 11 offensive starters from South River and 11 defensive starters from Delran -- were ejected following a fight on the field in the second quarter of an NJSIAA regional football crossover game Thursday.

       South River, which has eight two-way starters, finished the game with mostly junior varsity players. Delran won 34-16. Delran players who were ejected for misconduct will have to sit out the Nov. 21 game vs. Cinnaminson, which will decide the West Jersey Football League's Patriot Division championship.

       Not all of the ejections were for misconduct, which triggers one-game suspensions under NJSIAA rules.

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