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Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019: Blowouts rule the night in ranked-team showdowns

   Leading off today: Some of the contests turned out every bit as competitive as expected, but a Week 5 schedule loaded with head-to-head matchups between state-ranked teams saw its share of lopsided outcomes that figure to send a jolt through the next set of New York State Sportswriters Association ratings.

   The blowouts included:

    • Class AA: Top-ranked Freeport overwhelmed No. 18 Oceanside 42-0 after producing 21 points off of just seven offensive snaps in the opening quarter.

   Jayvian Allen took the second snap of the game wide left and rolled 55 yards for a touchdown. After Oceanside went three-and-out, Ausani Allen capped a 42-yard drive with a 12-yard TD run. The Sailors' next possession ended in a Makhai Jinks interception after which QB Terrance Edmond raced 45 yards for another score.

    • Class A: Running back Fombo Azah rambled for 186 yards and three TDs on 23 carries as No. 6 Carthage inflicted a 51-8 beating on No. 4 Indian River. Quarterback Nick Cavellier ran for 97 yards and a touchdown and Jalen Jones ran for 54 yards and two scores.

   Indian River entered averaging 57 points a game, but Carthage surrendered just 216 yards of total offense. The Comets forced eight fumbles, recovering three.

    • Class C: Konar Witkowski ran for one TD and passed for two more, and Hunter White ran for two more scores as No. 12 Cato-Meridian rolled past No. 2 Skaneateles 40-0, handing the two-time defending Section 3 champions their first regular-season loss since 2016.

   Witkowski's touchdown passes went to Marcus Ramacus, covering 30 and 58 yards.

   The Blue Devils intercepted a pair of passes and held the Lakers to 63 rushing yards.

   Also in Class C, No. 10 Canastota sailed past No. 19 Clinton 53-6 on the strength of four Drew Marshall touchdown passes plus one on the ground.

   Liverpool rallies: Fifteenth-ranked Liverpool rallied from two touchdowns down and edged No. 25 Syracuse Corcoran 22-21 in Class AA. The Warriors capitalized on a pair of Corcoran fumbles and running back Malachi Upshur scored twice.

   Running out of the Wildcat formation with direct snaps to Upshur, Liverpool scored on consecutive second-half possessions after Corcoran fumbled on its own 25-yard line and then turned it over again on the ensuing kickoff.

   Corcoran lost quarterback T.J. Harness to an injury in the game.

    • Shaker, rated eighth in Class AA, scored a 21-7 win over Class A No. 23 Ballston Spa. A 60-yard drive capped by Jake Nelson's 19-yard run TD run gave Shaker a 14-7 lead.

   Cornwall survives without Semo: Cornwall nearly lost its grip on the co-No. 1 spot in Class A, but backup QB Louie Francese helped navigate a battle that featured seven lead changes and the Dragons edged Pine Bush 38-35.

   Cornwall sealed the win when sophomore lineman Orlando Carthens recovered a Pine Bush fumble on a pitch at near midfield with 43 seconds left.

   Francese (8 of 12 for 82 yards), moving over from his position as a wide receiver, rushed for two TDs and threw for one in relief of sophomore Aiden Semo (7 of 9, 118 yards), who was sidelined by a shoulder injury in the second quarter.

   More Class A: Running back Xavier Leigh scored on an 82-yard jaunt on a direct snap out of the shotgun on the first play from scrimmage to start No. 16 Troy on its way to a 34-20 win over No. 20 Averill Park.

   Leigh finished with 23 attempts for 317 yards and four touchdowns, including a pair in the fourth quarter as the Flying Horses pulled away with 22 straight points. The Troy defense forced five turnovers.

   Averill Park answered Leigh's opening score with Joe Milanese's 79-yard kickoff return for a score and owned a 20-12 advantage following Anthony Childrose's short run on the opening possession of the second half. Troy answered by driving 80 yards to tie.

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   Averill Park's Matt Morin fumbled away the ensuing kickoff and Leigh later scored from five yards out with 10:16 left to put Troy ahead 26-20.

   Solvay wins slugfest: Fifteenth-ranked Solvay sapped a 12-game losing streak to Marcellus by scoring a 42-35 victory behind four TD passes from Brock Bagozzi.

   Tyriq Block returned a punt that Elijah White blocked for a TD that gave Solvay a 14-0 lead less than three minutes into the contest.

   Marcellus pulled even at 21-21, but Bagozzi threw a 55-yard TD pass to Cullen Scott on the next play from scrimmage.

   Class B: Ardsley scored 17 unanswered points to rally past Byram Hills 24-17.

   Ardsley is ranked fourth in the state and Byram Hills sixth.

   The Panthers forced turnovers on two straight Byram Hills possessions and converted them into scoring drives, including the go-ahead score. Jalen Osbourne (17 carries, 68 yards) had an interception on defense and followed up with a 23-yard touchdown pass to Preston Wachtell on a trick play to give Ardsley the lead.





    • Class A Minisink Valley held Marlboro to 128 yards rushing and beat the state's No. 12 Class B squad 20-8.

   Class C: Fourteenth-ranked Windsor edged No. 6 Sidney 26-25 behind Jack Beattie's three touchdown catches.

   Beattie (four catches, 130 yards) beat double coverage with 4:06 to play to pull down an Ethan Reed throw for a 33-yard scoring catch. The winning drive covered 77 yards and saw two apparent TD runs called back by penalties.

    • Sixteenth-ranked Chester downed No. 15 Dobbs Ferry 28-6 in intersectional action as Jacob Angeles rushed 10 times for 138 yards and a touchdown. Quarterback Joe Battiato was 13 of 18 for 152 yards and three touchdowns.

    • Letchworth/Warsaw toppled No. 11 Caledonia-Mumford/Byron-Bergen 21-7 behind two short Austin Williams rushing touchdowns.

   Class D: Casey Sitzer passed to Jayshawn Williams for a 26-yard touchdown and added a 5-yard scoring run late in the fourth quarter to lift No. 8 Chatham past No. 14 Whitehall.

    • In overtime, No. 11 Dolgeville downed No. 15 Onondaga 22-20.

   Eight-man: Unbeaten Pine Plains/Rhinebeck blanked Millbrook High 36-0 as Kyle Stracher rushed for 205 yards and three touchdowns. Luke Imperato returned the opening kick 66 yards for a score and also caught a 60-yard TD pass from Caleb McCaul.

   Big numbers: Will Benjamin had 11 carries for 133 yards as well as four catches for 122 yards and two touchdowns for Aquinas in a 42-21 triumph vs. Pittsford.

    • Jed Reese rushed for 210 yards to go over 1,000 for the year as Batavia Notre Dame cruised past Lyons/Sodus 51-6.

    • Wayne quarterback Mason Blankenberg was 9 of 10 for 240 yards and three TD passes to beat Hornell 49-16.

   Scoreboard: You can check out all of the Week 5 scores here.


  
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