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Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019: Iona Prep pulls out 36-35 win over Stepinac

   Leading off today: Jordan Dunbar intercepted a pass in the end zone with 56 seconds remaining, wrapping up Iona Prep's 36-35 victory over Archbishop Stepinac on Saturday in another memorable battle between Catholic High School Football League rivals.

   Gaels quarterback Darius Wilson, who had thrown a fourth-down touchdown pass to Alex Williams with just over 2:00 to go, faked a handoff on the 2-point conversion and raced for the goal line. He was hit and fumbled, but the ball one-hopped to Williams, who scooped it for the winning points. After a brief conference, the officials ruled that Wilson fumbled short of the goal line and that it was a live ball when Williams recovered.

   Stepinac, which held a 35-21 lead in the second half, then drove to the Iona Prep 21 before Dunbar ended the threat.

   Iona Prep junior Jarel Washington accounted for 183 yards on seven offensive touches, including a 68-yard TD run in the second quarter and 61 yards into Stepinac territory on a hook-and-ladder play on the winning drive. Wilson finished 16-for-30 with two TDs.

   Section 4 skirmish: Fans went to a football game and a chess match erupted.

   Chenango Forks, ranked second in the state in Class B, edged No. 12 Maine-Endwell 7-6, but not before an intriguing sequence in the fourth quarter beginning with an interception by Forks' Jack Zimmerman with 3:19 left.

   Leading by a point and starting at its own 17, Forks moved the ball 22 yards when Maine-Endwell decided its best chance might be to allow a touchdown in order to get the ball back with enough time to counter. Fullback Lucas Scott (25 carries, 193 yards) was allowed to ramble 51 yards from his own 39. But rather than taking the ball to the end zone, Scott slid to a stop at the M-E 10 and Forks subsequently ran out the clock.

   More Section 4: Seventh-ranked Walton overcame a 21-point deficit and defeated No. 12 Delhi 38-35 in Class D action.

   Senior Dylan Jacob threw for a score, rushed ran for one and made a key interception with time ticking down in regulation.

   "To be able to come back from a 35-14 score in the second half against a good football team says a lot about the guts of our kids," Warriors coach Adam Hoover said. "But we don't want to put ourselves in that situation where we have to do that very often."

   Big second half: Sweet Home scored 30 points after intermission and defeated Class A No. 16 Starpoint 46-36. Jamel Lucas rushed 23 times for 219 yards and three touchdowns and completed 7 of 15 passes for 144 yards and two scores.

   East Islip now 3-0: Derek Burrell scored on an 80-yard run on the first play of scrimmage to start East Islip, ranked 15th in Class A, on its way to a 63-14 rout of previously unbeaten Kings Park.

   East Islip scored on seven first-half possessions to take a 49-7 lead in their tuneup for next week's game vs. No. 13 Sayville.

   Class C developments: Fifth-ranked Dobbs Ferry suffered a Week 4 loss.

   Class B Pearl River outgained Dobbs Ferry 390-125 and rolled to a 45-0 victory. Quarterback Matt Daly had 166 yards and two TDs through the air plus a rushing TD. Logan Flaherty made five catches for 100 yards and a pair of scores.

   Leading 7-0, Anthony Sassano made the 23-yard field goal and recovered the ensuing kickoff when his line drive struck a Dobbs Ferry player and bounced back to him. The Pirates then drove to another score and a 17-0 lead at the half.

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    • Kyler LaCarte scored on a 6-yard run and Alex Panepento added the 2-point conversion midway through the fourth quarter as No. 10 LeRoy edged Avon 14-13.

   Senior Andrew Englerth had 18 carries for 76 yards and a touchdown on the opening drive of the game.

   One-man wrecking crew: Sophomore Griffin Woodell scored five touchdowns -- two on runs, two on second-quarter punt returns and one on a fumble return -- as Class B No. 1 Glens Falls beat Hudson 49-16.

   Woodell rushed five times for 87 yards.

   "It seems like you can see him grow up right in front of your eyes," Glens Falls coach Pat Lilac said. "He gets a little bit more explosive, and bigger, stronger and more confident. He can catch the ball and run -- he's pretty versatile."

   Big finish: Floral Park played for the win after Taliek Nelson's 10-yard TD catch and got it when Drew Stabinsky pulled up on a reverse and hit Chris Tall in the middle of the end zone for the 2-point conversion in a 36-35 win over Roosevelt.

   Idris Carter scored five rushing touchdowns in a losing effort.

   More big numbers: Joey Spallina rushed for a touchdown, caught a touchdown and returned an interception 86 yards for a score while recording seven tackles and recovering two fumbles to lead Mt. Sinai past Port Jefferson 39-20.

    • Anele Nwanyanwu rushed for 288 yards and five touchdowns on 16 carries on offense and made 12 tackles on defense for Longwood in a 55-34 win vs. Brentwood. Fernando Rodriguez chipped in with 196 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 12 carries as Longwood ran for 678 yards as a team.

    • Anthony Cambria caught five passes for 208 yards and a touchdown to lead Comsewogue past Harborfields 41-13. Cambria has 526 receiving yards in the last two games.

    • Lucas Abbatiello rushed five times for 106 yards and two TDs, caught a 57-yard scoring strike and ran in four 2-point conversions in W.T. Clark's 42-21 win over West Hempstead.

    • Aquinas quarterback Tyler Szalkowski completed 17 of 20 passes for 270 yards and three touchdowns in a 55-12 rout of Rochester Monroe.

   Scoreboard: Here's the rundown of scores from Week 4 of the season.

   Here's how New York's ranked teams fared.


  
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