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Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019: Garden City ties Long Island streak record

   Leading off today: Garden City tied a Long Island football record Saturday with its 42nd straight victory, a 24-6 triumph against Mepham.

   Williams Floyd won 42 consecutive games from 2003-08.

   Chase Gardi converted on the 18-yard chip shot field goal for a 10-0 lead just before the half, and Ford Carney broke a counter run 82 yards to the end zone to extend the Garden City lead on the first play from scrimmage in the third quarter.

   Garden City (6-0) hosts MacArthur (6-0) next Saturday with an opportunity to make Long Island history.

   Stepinac edged Hayes: Edna Kirby kicked a 29-yard field goal with :01 remaining to cap No. 6 Archbishop Stepinac's 28-26 win over 10th-ranked Cardinal Hayes.

   Hayes had pulled ahead on a touchdown and 2-point conversion with :43 remaining.

   Kyle Benjamin rushed 14 times for 109 yards and a score to help Stepinac improve to 6-1.

   Big win for Tottenville: Joe Franco caught a pass inches off the ground to keep a fourth-quarter drive alive, and Anthony Pucciarelli hit Eric O'Neil in the end zone with eight seconds remaining to give Tottenville a 24-21 PSAL City Conference victory over host Erasmus Hall.

   Erasmus Hall entered the game ranked fifth in Class AA and Tottenville was 21st.

   Down 21-16 in the final two minutes and facing a fourth-and-19 situation from Erasmus' 43, Pucciarelli scrambled to his left and lofted the ball toward Franco. It skimmed the fingertips of converging defenders and receivers and found its was to Franco for a 29-yard gain.

   Roland Dempster (26 carries, 151 yards) carried to the Erasmus 6 to set up the winning TD.

   More Class AA: Senior Matt Josefson broke a scoreless tie by returning the second-half kickoff 93 yards to start No. 19 Lindenhurst on its way to a 14-0 triumph against No. 20 West Islip.

   "Matt has the ability to make guys miss and he's perfect for kick return," said Lindenhurst coach Nick Lombardo. "He's one of, if not, the fastest player on the team."

   The game carried added significance as home-field advantage in the divisional playoffs was at stake. The Suffolk Division II championship game is currently scheduled at the higher seed and not at Stony Brook University for the first time since 2002.


    • Third-ranked New Rochelle fell behind for the first time all year but completed an undefeated regular season with a 44-19 win over Spring Valley.

   "There were great lessons for my team in that it's a 48-minute battle and you're not going to win 21-0 because you showed up on the field, and it says New Rochelle on the front of your shirt," Huguenots head coach Lou DiRienzo said.

   Jessie Parson scored on a 44-yard run to start a 21-0 New Rochelle scoring burst in the second half to take control. Parson finished with 149 yards and three touchdowns on 11 carries. He also returned a punt for a score and shut down a Spring Valley threat late in the first half with an interception.

   Clarke upends CSH: Clarke ran out the final 11:47 of the game with a 20-play drive to seal a 22-14 defeat of Cold Spring Harbor, ranked No 3 in the state in Class B. football site

   The final drive covered 81 yards and ended with a kneel-down at the CSK 12.

   "Our coach always says the game is run through the line," offensive lineman/linebacker Chris Stokum said. "We know every single game that the win or loss is dependent on us. We're really supposed to pave the way and we did that today."

   Running back Lucas Abbatiello carried 18 times for 141 yards and a pair of scores. He rushed 10 times in the final drive, including a 13-yard run on fourth-and-12 with 3:30 remaining.

   C/S/P still rolling in 'D': Gerrit Hinsdale passed for all five touchdowns, three to Cameron Barmore, as No. 5 Clymer/Sherman/Panama *6-1) defeated No. 14 Randolph 34-0 in Class D action in Section 6.

    • Dolgeville edged No. 9 Beaver River 24-20 as Kyle Getman had 29 carries for 198 yards and three touchdowns.

   Eight-man football: Fifth-ranked Pawling wrapped up the top seed in the sectional tournament with an 18-16 win over No. 2 Pine Plains/Rhinebeck.

   Tailback Kyle Stracher broke loose and for 92 yards for a touchdown that gave Pine Plains its first lead at 16-12 in the fourth quarter. Pawling responded with a drive capped by a Quinn Clowry TD run.

   Also noteworthy: Troy beat Albany 42-8 as QB Alex Wolfe went 10 of 12 for 224 yards. His 75-yard throw to Xavier Leigh to end the first half made the score 35-0.

    • Marcus Johnson caught three TD passes and returned a kickoff 67 yards for another score as Canajoharie/Fort Plain edged Johnstown 34-27.

    • Queensbury junior Jason Rodriguez rolled up 248 yards rushing on 29 attempts and scored four touchdowns to lead Queensbury to a 28-12 triumph over Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake.

    • Jake Ritts completed 7 of 8 passes, four of them for touchdowns, as St. Francis routed Lancaster St. Mary's 47-0. Ritts threw for 163 yards.

   Scoreboard: You can check out all of the Week 7 scores here. We've also assembled the rundown of how ranked teams fared this weekend.

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