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Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019: Lancaster kicks off centennial season with big win

   Leading off today: Three-time defending Section 6 Class AA champion Lancaster kicked off its 100th season of football with a pre-game celebration and then a 51-6 victory over Hutch-Tech on Friday.

   Senior Ethan Jurkowski returned the opening kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown and later added a 56-yard touchdown catch, and linebacker Conor Mahoney had a pick-six interception for the Legends.

   The win improved Lancaster's record vs. Section 6 competition to 30-1 in fourth-year coach Eric Rupp's tenure.

   "It's a big year for us," Rupp said. "To see some of the guys it was just a special evening. I'm just glad we were able to get the win for all of our alumni."

   Cornwall extends streak: Defending NYSPHSAA Class A champion Cornwall notched its 13th consecutive victory with a 24-10 victory over Monroe-Woodbury.

   All-state running back Amin Woods (23 carries, 143 yards, 2 touchdowns) capped the first possession of the second half with a 39-yard touchdown run to break a 3-3 tie and start a 21-point run.

   Ryan Baldock, who coached Monroe-Woodbury last season, was making his debut with Cornwall.

   A win to open new era: Gabe Allen rushed for two fourth-quarter touchdowns to help give Corinth-Fort Edward its first win as a merged team, 20-12 vs. Hoosick Falls.

   Trailing 12-8 entering the fourth quarter, Allen (18 carries, 108 yards) rushed for scores on carries of 2 and 20 yards.

   Quarterback Brody Sullivan rushed 27 times for 100 yards.

   S-WR opens impressively: Shoreham-Wading River kicked off its season with a 41-7 victory over Bayport-Blue Point hours after coach Aden Smith was removed from the job amid a school investigation.

   Superintendent Gerard Poole released a statement earlier saying the district was investigating an incident during last week's scrimmage against Islip, Newsday reported.

   Shoreham-Wading River, the defending Section 11 Division IV champion, got three-first half touchdowns from senior quarterback Xavier Arline, who finished with 20 carries for 204 yards and five scores.

   "We were in a tough situation tonight," said S-WR assistant coach Virgil Romer. "We divided up the coaching responsibilities and worked together."


   Vestal suffers blow: Vestal lost two-way starter Todd DeGroat to a knee injury in the first quarter of a 41-0 loss to Corning. DeGroat, who plays defensive end and offensive tackle, was on crutches as he watched from the sideline the rest of the night. football site

   DeGroat was a semifinalist in the state Division I wrestling tournament at 195 pounds last season as a sophomore.

   "In my opinion he's the finest defensive player in Section 4," Golden Bears coach Tony Policare said.

    • Sophomore fullback Dillon Kennedy ran for 154 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries to pace Corning. Junior Max Freeman added 90 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries.

   Corning held Vestal to 86 yards of total offense and forced three turnovers. Senior linebacker Seth Hogue made an interception and a fumble return.

   Bonus football: Carlo Volpe threw the winning touchdown to Benny Morfitt on the first play of overtime to lift Pelham past Harrison 14-7.

   Pelham's defense forced six turnovers, including a fumble on the final possession of the game. Harrison missed a field-goal attempt with a minute to go in regulation.

   Also noteworthy: Charlie Balancia had touchdowns of 59 and 62 yards on his only two carries to help Somers to a 55-0 win over Horace Greeley.

    • Skaneateles opened with a 55-36 win vs. Holland Patent as James Musso completed 10 of 15 passes for 322 yards and six scores. Receiver Nick Wamp made five receptions for 226 yards and three TDs.

    • Batavia had a trio of 100-yard rushers in a 42-12 victory over Wayne.

   Terrez Smith, first-team all-state last season for Class D Alexander, led the winners with 10 rushes for 121 yards. Quarterback Alex Rood ran 11 times for 107 yards.

   Scoreboard: Here's the rundown of scores from Week 1 of the football season.

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