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Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018: Skaneateles wins showdown with Chenango Forks

   Leading off today: Patrick Hackler scored on a 1-yard quarterback sneak at the final horn to lift Skaneateles over Chenango Forks 27-26 in an instant classic of a NYSPHSAA Class B football quarterfinal on Saturday.

   Chenango Forks came in ranked No. 1 in the state while Skaneateles was No. 2 after having won the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class C championship last fall.

   Skaneateles advanced to next weekend's semifinals by scoring the contest's final 13 points. Skaneateles defensive lineman Josh McIntyre recovered a fumble at midfield off a Chenango Forks pitch and returned it for a touchdown midway through the fourth quarter to cut the deficit to 26-21. Skaneateles turned the ball over on downs with 3:00 to go to give Skaneateles the opportunity to win.

   Hackler was stopped on third-and-goal, and the record-setting quarterback quickly lined up his team before driving off the right side of the line and into the end zone as the clock hit zero.

   "It felt like we were getting knocked around the whole game," Skaneateles coach Joe Sindoni said. "It just felt like they were beating us up and we were just hanging around. We had that big defensive play with the scoop and score. We made a couple of stops when we needed them and then Hackler made some plays at the end with his feet and his head."

    • According to research by Mike Connell of, the game marked just the second time dating back to 1953 that Chenango Forks has lost when scoring 23 or more points in a game. Their record in that scenario now stands at 300-2.

   More No. 1 vs. No. 2: In a battle between the top-two-ranked teams in Class D, No. 1 Clymer/Sherman/Panama ran over Alexander 29-6, holding the Section 5 champions scoreless until the final final of the game.

   Derek Ecklund rushed 26 times for 186 yards and CSP's first touchdown.

   CSP held the Trojans to 189 yards, 86 of which came on Ty Woods' touchdown scamper. Chris McClinic, who came into the game with 1,088 rushing yards on the season, was held to 11 yards on 10 carries.

   "Where we made a living on speed and strength overcoming size and bulk, today we met a team that was our equal or better in the trenches and in the box," Alexander coach Tim Sawyer said.

   Huge night for Leach, Batavia: Ray Leach ran over and through the Cheektowaga defense, rushing for 417 yards and scoring eight touchdowns in Batavia's 56-28 win in the Class B quarterfinals.

   Leach broke NYSPHSAA tournament records for rushing TDs, total TDs and rushing yards. For good measure, he also recorded a safety.

   Leach, who rushed for 344 yards and six TDs against Wayne in the Section 5 title game a week earlier, booked four touchdowns in the first 13 minutes against Cheektowaga. His scoring runs covered 34, 11, 50, 3, 33, 1, 31 and 23 yards.


   "This kid plays defense, offense, he doesn't leave the football field. Eight touchdowns, I don't care what classification it is, if this kid is playing AA football this kid is going to go out there and he's going to perform," Batavia coach Brennan Briggs said.

   Aquinas turns the tables: Avenging a 9-0 whitewash against the Legends a year earlier, Aquinas rode a potent running game to a 39-7 rout of Lancaster in the Class AA quarterfinals.

   Senior Caron Robinson rushed 11 times for 250 yards and a pair of touchdowns and junior Ruben Torres (19 carries, 100 yards) chipped in with three TDs as the Little Irish


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  • remained alive in pursuit of their eighth NYSPHSAA championship.

       Robinson had 224 yards on seven first-half carries as Aquinas broke to a 19-0 lead.

       More Class AA: Cicero-North Syracuse broke open a tie game at the half to beat Elmira 42-20. Jaiquawn McGriff scored three of his five TDs in the second half on a 61-yard pass play and rushes of 65 and 77 yards.

       "With tests, we know how to pass them. As a team, nobody can stop what we do," McGriff said.

        • New Rochelle quarterback Mac Coughlin threw three touchdowns, including two to junior Kayshaun Thomas, in a 42-7 triumph against Newburgh.

       The Huguenots struck twice in the final three minutes of the opening half, scoring on a 35-yard run by Jessie Parson and a 14-yard pass from Coughlin to Halim Dixon-King to forge a 28-7 advantage.

       Dobbs Ferry advances: Dobbs Ferry scored on its first five possessions to turn back Chester 35-14 in the Class C quarterfinals. The Eagles rushed for 292 yards, recorded 24 first downs and converted 10 of 15 times on third and fourth downs.

       Emilio Nolasco rushed for 100 yards and three touchdowns on 13 carries. His 38-yard TD run on the opening drive of the second half gave Dobbs Ferry a 20-8 lead. Awvise Khan added 20 carries for 154 yards.

       Dobbs Ferry advances: Moriah got 100 rushing yards and a touchdown from Maddox Blaise, and 84 rushing yards and a touchdown from Dyllon Bougor to defeat Warrensburg in Class D.

       Freshman Dylan Winchell went 64 yards for a TD off a screen pass with 1:15 to go in the first half, and Jeff Strieble connected with Bougor for 69 yards and another score just 63 seconds later.

       "The screen was big (for us)," Moriah coach Dan Tesar said. "Their backs were moving back, they got a strong rush and it was open. And we got some great downfield blocks."

       Warrensburg leading rusher Jesse Griffin did not play after being injured in Week 10.

       Eight-man football: Oakfield-Alabama/Elba completed an 8-0 season by defeating Weedsport for one of the state's two regional championships.

       QB Colton Dillon scored the first three touchdowns and finished with 128 rushing yards on 13 carries. Gage Dieterle carried six times but ran for 119 yards and two TDs while also recovering a pair of fumbles on defense.

       Ty Mott rushed 21 carries for 158 yards and also intercepted a pass.

       Scoreboard: You can check out all of the Week 11 scores on our Road to Syracuse website and also view results for ranked teams.

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