Leading off today:
The eight-man football era at Pembroke is off to a 2-0 start following Thursday's 30-22 victory
over Maple Grove.
Running back Colby Cerasani rushed 11 times for 143 yards and three touchdowns. He also produced three 2-point conversions. Defensively, Chris Good led the way with 13 tackles and an interception.
Pembroke's defense held Maple Grove to 0-for-9 on third-down conversions.
"We have a group of guys that want to play football and focus on the game and preparation," said Pembroke coach Mike McKenrick. "We don't focus on numbers (11- or eight-man), but on how we can execute plays and continue to get better."
As noted by the The Post-Journal, the game was moved up by a day due to a lack of officials available in Section 5. That brings us to ...
Officials Appreciation Day: The New York State Public High School Athletic Association Inc. has announced that its inaugural Officials Appreciation Day will be marked on Wednesday, a day designated for athletes, coaches, administrators and fans to thank the officials for their role in scholastic sports.
The initiative was launched by the NYSPHSAA Sportsmanship Committee.
"We are excited to honor the officials across New York State on October 2nd," NYSPHSAA Executive Director Robert Zayas said in a statement. "Without officials there would be no interscholastic athletics for our student-athletes to participate. It is important for us to thank officials for the job they do and show them how much we value and appreciate them."
Boys soccer: Riley Cook scored with an assist from Bennett Medyn four minutes into overtime as Palmyra-Macedon edged Wayne 3-2.
Wayne is ranked 20th in Class A by the New York State Sportswriters Association.
Both teams are 7-2-0 following Pal-Mac's sixth consecutive victory.
Girls swimming: Eighth-grader Elle Noecker broke two Eden swimming records in a 121-62 win over Alden.
Noecker completed the 100 butterfly in 58.80 seconds, beating the :59.55 in 2004 by Samantha Eckert. She then broke her own record in the 100 backstroke in :59.79.
Quarterback transfers: Senior quarterback Robert McGee has left St. Anthony's and enrolled at Shoreham-Wading River, Newsday reported.
The Penn State lacrosse commit will be in uniform for the Wildcats on Friday against John Glenn, but it appears unlikely that his future with S-WR is as quarterback because of the presence of senior Xavier Arline, who guided the team to a Suffolk County championship in 2018 and has the current squad off to a 3-0 start.
"I met with Coach (Aden) Smith and I'm going to work out at some different positions and see where I fit best for the team," McGee said. "Whatever works best for the Shoreham football team is good for me. I'll play wherever they want me."
McGee has thrown for 403 yards and rushed for 3-1 in the Friars 1-2 start. He was sacked 17 times.
McGee said he'd been contemplating leaving St. Anthony's for awhile because he wasn't happy in football or lacrosse.
"My parents were fully supportive in my decision. I just felt like I was letting them down by leaving the school because they invested so much money and time in St. Anthony's. For the first three years they had to drive me back and forth to school because we had no busing from Wading River."
McQuaid Invitational tomorrow: I mean no disrespect to any of the big weekend meets that have already taken place this month, but cross country season for me doesn't begin until the McQuaid Invitational.
That massive meet attracts a mix of outstanding teams from across New York as well as other nearby states and the province of Ontario. When weather conditions are right, the fast and flat three-mile course at Genesee Valley Park produces lightning-fast times and some dramatic finishes. And the teams winning the seeded races are most certainly deserving of their trophies.
Race assignments for the 248 schools entered at McQuaid were finalized earlier this week, and there will be some interesting battles in the seeded races for bragging rights amongst New York teams.
Boys A -- No. 1 Saranac Lake, No. 2 Skaneateles, No. 7