Leading off today:
Fombo Azah ran for six touchdowns and 311 yards on 20 carries as Carthage
wrapped up the top seed in the Section 3 Class A football tournament with a 49-14 rout of Auburn on Friday.
Carthage entered the game ranked fifth in the state and Auburn 24th by the New York State Sportswriters Association.
Azah reeled off the first six Comets touchdowns, including a 96-yard run in the first quarter. He also posted TD runs of 15, 17, 32, 38 and 50 yards as the Comets improved to 7-1.
More Class A: Dan Villari rushed for 209 yards and five TDs and Dion Kuinlan ran for 124 yards and two scores as No. 3 Plainedge routed No. 11 Rockville Centre South Side 61-13.
Villari's touchdown runs went for 9, 3, 12, 16 and 37 yards. Luke Lombardo added 84 rushing yards as Plainedge rolled up more than 450 yards on the ground.
On defense, Joe Cavalieri made four tackles for loss including three sacks.
• Canandaigua surrendered a touchdown on the opening drive but responded by knocking off No. 23 Victor 24-10 in the Section 5 quarterfinals.
Canandaigua took the opening drive of the second half to the Victor 9 and settled for a field goal for a 10-7 lead. On Victor's ensuing possession, linebacker Wes Allen made an interception to give the Braves the ball at the Blue Devils 16. Four plays later, Seth Vigneri scored from a yard out.
After an exchange of punts, Canandaigua's Sam Bennett made an interception to set up a 15-yard TD run by Dom Comella (26 carries, 155 yards).
• Three-time defending Section 2 champ Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake forced three fourth-quarter turnovers and defeated No. 25 Averill Park 17-7.
Burnt Hills (5-3) advanced to the semifinals for the 14th consecutive year.
Late score lifts NFA: Amarri Tice's 7-yard throw to 6-foot-7 freshman Deondre Johnson with 1:06 to go lifted No. 7 Newburgh Free Academy to a 27-20 win over No. 14 Middletown.
Robert Denson's 80-yard touchdown catch from Dalton Howell (9 of 13, 151 yards) had put Middletown up 20-19 with 4:20 remaining.
Middletown (3-5), which forfeited four games this week for the use of an ineligible player, now waits for the result of Saturday's Monroe-Woodbury vs. Washingtonville game to determine its postseason fate. If M-W wins, Middletown qualifies for the fourth and final playoff spot on a head-to-head tiebreaker with Washingtonville.
More Class AA: Junior running back Willie Strong scored three rushing touchdowns as Baldwinsville broke a three-game losing streak by upsetting No. 22 Syracuse Corcoran 28-3 in the Section 3 quarterfinals.
"I think tonight we finished," Bees coach Carl Sanflippo said. "In all three games, we had leads and we let them go. I think the kids understand we learned from our mistakes and they did a great job."
Wild PSAL contest: William Stoney racked up 468 all-purpose yards and scored six TDs for No. 19 William Grady in a 76-50 victory over Stuyvesant in Class B action.
Stoney rushed 16 times for 315 yards and scored on carries of 65, 3, 50, 29 and 8 yards. His other TD was on an 85-yard kickoff return, and Stoney also rushed for a pair of 2-point conversions. He also pulled down an interception on defense.