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Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019: Orchard Park rallies past Lancaster

   Leading off today: Orchard Park forced four second-half turnovers while overcoming a two-touchdown deficit and edged Lancaster 21-20 in Class AA football action Friday.

   Orchard Park entered the contest ranked 12th in the state and Lancaster 24th in Class AA.

   Lancaster had not lost at home since Oct. 9, 2015, and owned a four-game winning streak vs. the Quakers.

   Senior defensive end Tyler Pirritano picked off a deflected pass and returned it 22 yards for a touchdown that got the Quakers back in the game. After a Lancaster three-and-out, QB Jake Sharp led the Quakers down the field for a drive seemingly thwarted by an Anthony Santos-Larosa interception. But the defender was stripped of the ball by OP's Tristan Lancaster and Sharp went on to score on a short run later in the drive. Tom Hollander made the decisive extra point to complete the scoring.

   Lancaster drove deep into Quakers territory, but Ayden Haley forced a fumble that teammate Chad Gloss recovered at the 5.

   "It's tough to beat anybody when you turn the ball over four times, let alone a top team in Orchard Park," Lancaster coach Eric Rupp said.

   More Class AA drama: Bolstered by a 56-yard TD pass on the last play of the first half, No. 9 Newburgh Free Academy rallied to a 45-35 win over Pine Bush.

   Pine Valley held a 28-14 lead in the first half before Newburgh fought back. The lead was 35-28 with 8:43 to go when a snap sailed over the Pine Bush punter's head and through the end zone. Just over a minute later, Nick Patterson rushed for the go-ahead TD and Amarri Tice connected with Joseph Russell for the 2-point conversion.

    • Thirteenth-ranked Aquinas broke to a two-TD lead but was never able to shake Hilton before heading home with a 42-33 victory.

   Junior Ulysees "Manny" Russell caught three scoring passes from Tyler Szalkowski (14 of 20, 242 yards, 4 TDs), including the clinching 37-yard catch-and-run late in the fourth quarter. Russell finished with eight receptions for 174 yards.

   Little Irish sophomore Will Benjamin ran 11 times for 114 yards and scored twice. Sean Meyers of Hilton ran 30 times for 186 yards and three touchdowns.

   Skaneateles outgunned: Eli Rawleigh ran for 194 yards and two TDs and threw for another score as General Brown edged Class C No. 13 Skaneateles 56-49.

   Cory Smith rushed for a trio of touchdowns, and De'Shaun Thorigal-Brown finished with 126 rushing yards and two touchdowns.


   More Class C: Sixth-ranked LeRoy surrendered the first score but came back to edge No. 15 Letchworth/Warsaw 7-6.

   Backup QB Kyler LaCarte (113 passing yards, 70 on the ground) hit Cody Lytle in the back corner of the end zone for a second-quarter TD followed by kicker Nate Andrews's successful point-after, which held up after a scoreless second half.

   "It was a battle," said Knights lineman Zach Vanderhoof. "We knew we had to fight until the end, and that's what we did."

    • No. 17 Attica gave up a go-ahead score in the fourth quarter and retook the lead for good on the ensuing kickoff as Tyler Meyer went the distance in a 32-22 triumph over Avon.

   Zach Strzelec ran 18 times for 155 yards and two TDs. Jacob Gross added 121 yards on 17 carries and had a touchdown. football site

   Marcellus sneaks by: Quarterback Sean Tierney scored with just :50 to play as Class B No. 20 Marcellus edged Bishop Ludden 34-28.

   Ludden had rallied from two scores down to tie on a Nazier Kinsey touchdown pass to Antown McMullen with about six minutes left.

   Strong showing by Somers: Jack Kaiser had 26 carries for 206 yards and two touchdowns as No. 17 Somers downed No. 14 Nyack 35-12 in Class A.

   The Tuskers rode a potent rushing attack to five first-half scored and outgained Nyack 389-128 in the game.

   Nyack was coming in following a 35-14 win last week against the Yorktown squad that bet Somers 30-12 earlier this season.

   Also notable: Quarterback Mike Ingraffia ran for 207 yards and five scores on 20 carries as Kings Park rolled to a 41-21 win over previously unbeaten Rocky Point in a Suffolk Division III contest.

   The Kingsmen outscored Rocky Pint 27-7 in the second half.

    • In a matchup of unbeaten eight-man squads, No. 3 Lansing edged No. 5 Elmira Notre Dame 31-28.

    • Trailing 51-0 at the half, Taconic Hills was unable to finish its game vs. Watervliet due to injuries.

    • In Section 4, Susquehanna Valley beat Windsor 29-0. Mike Connell of points out that SV has outscored six visitors by a combined 315-0 since installing its new artificial turf last year.

   More big numbers: Gavin Elston of Horseheads ran 18 times for 346 yards and six TDs in a 49-14 win vs, Vestal. He scored on runs of 18, 58, 62, 73, 13 and 53 yards.

    • Valhalla outlasted Albertus Magnus 49-46 as Michael Dawson went 14 of 20 for 297 yards and three touchdowns. He offset the effort of Jaaron Joseph, who had 247 all-purpose yards and six scores in the loss.

    • Alexander QB Dylan Busch was 15 of 20 for 287 yards and four TDs as the Trojans rolled past Cuba-Rushford 56-7.

    • East Rochester/Gananda beat Penn Yan 53-32 behind five rushing scores and one TD reception by T.J. Swagler (29 carries, 180 yards).

    • Mason Ferrara ran 29 times for 328 yards and four TDs as Honeoye Falls-Lima defeated Wayne 27-16.

   Scoreboard: You can check out all of the Week 6 scores here.

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