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Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019: Spencerport scores 21-12 upset of Victor

   Leading off today: Spencerport salvaged some pride after a winless regular season last fall by winning its finale. On Friday, the Rangers went from salvaging a season to making one by pulling a 21-12 upset of Victor in Section 5 football action.

   Khalize Beamon broke loose for a 79-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.

   Brendan Popielec scored on a 1-yard run to cut Victor's deficit to 14-12, but Spencerport answered right back with Connor Mesh's 18-yard touchdown run to make it 21-12 in the third quarter.

   "I told them this takes us to 2-0, it doesn't do anything beyond that," coach John Dowd said. "You know, enjoy it tonight but tomorrow we are getting ready for Gates. It's one win, it's 2-0. We are trying to win each game one at a time."

   Sec. 2 status quo: Midway through September, not a lot seems to have changed at the top of Section 2 Class AA in the aftermath of Shaker's 28-14 win over Shenendehowa.

   Senior Jake Notarino scored on three short runs to pace the winners. His 4-yard TD in the third quarter capped a five-play, 75-yard drive to restore a two-score lead.

   "That first drive in the third quarter was huge," said Shaker coach Greg Sheeler, whose team has won seven consecutive games against the Plainsmen. "Porter Ninstant, behind some really good blocking, had a huge (58-yard) run. Awesome balance. That was a huge part in the game."

   Lights-out performance: The lights went out at Somers High School with 2:13 to play, but not in time to stop Yorktown from posting a solid 30-12 victory.

   Keith Boyer and Dylan Smith combined for 449 yards of offense as the Huskers outgained Somers 510-195.

   Boyer (five catches, 167 yards), stripped of the ball near the goal line to derail a 13-play drive in the early going, opened the scoring with a one-handed grab of a swing pass from Trevvon Johnson and 90-yard jaunt in the second quarter. Less than a minute later, Smith (238 total yards) blew through the defense for a 46-yard touchdown.

   Peru comes through late: Peru squandered a 15-point lead before pulling out a 27-26 win over Moriah on Zach O'Connell's 21-yard touchdown pass to Ian Joy with :26.5 remaining. Joy's interception on the first play of the Vikings' clinched the victory.

   After an Austin Carpenter 1-yard carry gave Peru a 21-6 lead, Moriah's Maddox Blaise (30 carries, 212 yards) scored twice from three yards out and then put his team ahead with a 15-yard rush with 1:10 to go.

   Carpenter then set the Indians up in great field position with a 54-yard kickoff return to the Moriah 28-yard-line.

   Strong intersectional showing: Andrew McLaughlin caught five passes for 216 yards and two touchdowns for Horseheads in a 41-14 win over Baldwinsville. McLaughlin scored on a 64-yard catch from Grayson Woodhouse (13 of 19, 335 yards, 3 TDs) in the second quarter. Later in the quarter, Woodhouse connected with McLaughlin for an 80-yard TD.

   Senior Gavin Elston rushed for 145 yards and three TDs on 14 carries, scoring on a 97-yard run.

   The Blue Raiders were coming off a 35-14 winner at home in Week 1 against West Genesee, another Section 3 opponent.

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   Batavia hangs on: Batavia, a state Class B finalist last fall, took a 13-0 lead at halftime on a 27-yard touchdown run by Terrez Smith and a 4-yard scoring run by quarterback Alex Rood, then held on for a 19-8 win over Livonia.

   Rood rushed 17 times for 91 yards and made 10 tackles on defense.

   The win may have been costly as senior linebacker Josh Barber, a second-team all-state selection a year ago, left with an ankle injury.

   Livonia, which lost QB Micah Ross in Week 1 as well as junior lineman Steffan Gwynn to knee injuries, lost two-way starter Trevor Allen to a sprained an ankle.

  
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   Back in business: Wyandanch, which didn't know until the beginning of the month whether financial issues would keep it from fielding a team, opened strong with a 54-12 win over Greenport/Southold.

   Rashaun Malloy scored three first-quarter touchdowns and five overall, rolling up 227 yards on nine carries.

   Malloy set up his first TD by stripping Greenport QB Nick DeNicola on a fourth down run and returning the ball 61 yards, setting the stage for his 4-yard scoring run. Wyandanch junior Turrell Simmons recovered the ensuing kickoff at the Porters' 31 and Malloy went up the middle for 31 yards and a score on the next play.

   Malloy added TD runs of 38 and 79 yards before halftime.

   Sec. 3 shootout: Skaneateles sophomore James Musso hit Cody Nesbitt with a 15-yard TD pass midway through the fourth quarter to edge Canastota 40-34.

   "It was ugly," Lakers coach Joe Sindoni said of a penalty-filled game that lasted three hours. "We did just enough to win."

   Musso threw four TD passes, including three to senior receiver Nick Wamp (nine catches, 85 yards). Wamp also rushed 13 times for 104 yards and a pair of scores.

   Rally caps: West Seneca East overcame a 15-point deficit in the second half and edged Sweet Home 31-30.

   Devare Mathis scored four TDs for the winners.

   Big numbers: Kevin Wilson rushed for 121 yards and four touchdowns on just seven carries as Farmingdale rolled past Syosset 48-7.

   Bryce Yockel ran for 250 yards and six TDs as Caledonia-Mumford/Byron-Bergen downed Wellsville 47-14.

   Caeden LaPietro ran for 245 yards on 15 carries and scored five touchdowns, all in just over one half of action, as Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake downed Scotia-Glenville 55-12. Burnt Hills eclipsed 400 total yards in the first 17 minutes.

   James Mooney accounted for three of the team's five interceptions as Averill Park defeated Albany 62-6.

   Millbrook won its debut in eight-man football by downing Ellenville 60-34 behind five TDs by James Moore. Moore caught touchdown passes of 16, 44, 3 and 35 yards from Tyler VandeBogart and also scored on a 2-yard run. Sean Pettway scored five TDs for Ellenville, including an 89-yarder to start the game and a 70-yard kickoff return.

   Chester QB Joe Battiato was 22 of 29 for 456 yards and four TDs in a 40-37 win over Liberty. Kevin Stein (210 yards, two TDs) and Jacob Delgado (181 yards, one TD) made 10 catches apiece.

   Jesse Acevedo carried 32 times for 304 yards and three TDs for Fallsburg in a 40-35 triumph vs. Dover.

   Big play: Glens Falls sophomore Griffin Woodell ran for a 99-yard TD in the second quarter of a 34-13 win over Schuylerville.

   Scoreboard: Here's the rundown of scores from Week 2 of the football season.


  
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