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Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019: Holy Trinity beats defending 'B' champ Glens Falls

   Leading off today: Senior Connor Barber kicked a 30-yard field goal with 1:44 to play, giving Holy Trinity a 37-35 victory over defending NYSPHSAA champion Glens Falls in the Section 2 Class B football semifinals Saturday.

   Joe Tortello was 11 of 18 for 238 yards and four touchdown passes to senior Noah Foster.

   "We were built for this. We practiced for this all week, said Foster, who finished with six catches for 166 yards. "You can't let the emotions get to you. You have to stay focused. You have to believe in yourself, and believe in your teammates."

   Holy Trinity, a state Class C finalist two seasons ago, started the fourth quarter with a 25-yard TD catch by Foster to go ahead for the first time. Glens Falls answered with the last of sophomore Griffin Woodell's four TD runs -- and five scores overall -- but Holy Trinity pulled back ahead with Barber's first career field goal.

   "I just had to stay calm. Do what I do," Barber said. "We had a great snap, a great hold and I just tried to put it right through."

   Glens Falls' final possession ended with a sack of QB Noah Girard on a play starting at the Holy Trinity 32.

   Glens Falls entered the game ranked No. 1 by the NYSSWA, with Holy Trinity 19th.

   "We thought this might be the sectional final, but, either way, it's two good teams going at it," Glens Falls coach Pat Lilac said. "We thought it was going to come down to the wire and it did -- and, unfortunately, we came up on the short end."

   Holy Trinity's opponent in the sectional final will be No. 20 Schuylerville, a 14-6 winner Friday over No. 23 Schalmont.

   More Class B: Livonia sent a powerful message that the current Bulldogs bear no resemblance to the injury-riddled team that lost to University Prep 38-22 in September. Livonia rode a solid rushing game to a 27-0 win in the rematch to advance to the Section 5 final vs. Honeoye Falls-Lima.

   Livonia scored on four of its seven drives and possessed the ball 31 of the 48 minutes to move a step closer to its first championship in 26 years.

   Junior quarterback Alexander Minnehan (19 carries, 66 yards) drove Livonia 67 yards in 17 plays in nine minutes to give Livonia a 12-0 lead late in the second quarter.

   "Things just fell perfectly," coach John Gammon said. "We had no turnovers. No penalties. We grinded it out. We got a lot of short yardage for first downs. Our kids just played really creative football. We've been doing that all year."

   M-W pulls upset in 'AA': Monroe-Woodbury quarterback Anthony Campione hit Sean Neely with a 4-yard TD pass with 1:53 to play as the Crusaders upset seventh-ranked Newburgh Free Academy 20-16 in the Section 9 Class AA semifinals.

   Newburgh's last=gasp drive to advance ended at the Monroe-Woodbury 5 before junior defensive back Christopher Gauvin batted down a fourth-down pass.

   Campione sat out with an injury Oct. 5 when Newburgh beat M-W (5-4) 21-3.

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   "Everyone was doubting us," he said. "Even some people in our school."

   Newburgh had pulled ahead 16-13 on a Syncere Tatum 1-yard run with 7:38 remaining, setting the stage for M-W's winning drive.

   "'Cam' was throwing great balls and the line was blocking," Neely said. "It all just came together on that last drive."

   More Class AA: Sophomore Charlie McKee scrambled and hit Thomas Schmitt with a 19-yard TD pass as time expired to carry 25th-ranked Oceanside to a 34-33 win over No. 17 Massapequa.

  

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  •    "I just looked back at (McKee) and he was running for his life, so I was just trying to match him, get to a spot where he could throw it," said Schmitt, who finished with 12 catches for 113 yards and two TDs. "He was running to his left, and I just tried to get over there and give him a chance."

       McKee completed 35 of 50 passes for 301 yards and five TDs and broke the program's career passing yards record in the first quarter. The previous mark of 4,556 yards was set by Tommy Heuer from 2015-17. McKee now has 4,807.

       The winning drive, aided by consecutive pass interference calls, completed a rally from a 33-21 deficit with 5:22 left.

        • Makhi Tolliver rushed for 142 yards and two scores on six carries as North Babylon surprised No. 22 West Islip 34-21. Dylan Diaz had 13 carries for 78 yards, one rushing touchdown and one receiving touchdown.

       Tolliver had touchdown runs of 47 and 66 yards, the latter giving North Babylon a 32-14 lead>

       Canandaigua outslugs Eastridge: Both teams punted on their first possessions and neither scored on their second, but that was pretty much the end of anything resembling staunch defense in the Section 5 Class A semifinals. When it was over, No. 24 Canandaigua outlasted No. 8 Eastridge 56-40.

       Dom Comella carried 28 times for 262 yards and half a dozen touchdowns to lead the way for Canandaigua.

       Jalen Hannah scored on a 54-yard catch and run to pull Eastridge within 35-28 midway through the third quarter, but the Braves stepped on the accelerator from there. Comella scored on a 16-yard run after a short kickoff, only to see the Lancers' Tony Arnold answer with a 3-yard scoring reception that made it 42-34.

       But Comella scored on a 57-yard run, Jackson Nieman got the ball back via interception and Comella struck again from 11 yards out.

       Lowville remains perfect: Senior Chad Bach threw four TD passes and ran for three more scores as No. 4 Lowville dominated No. 9 Canastota 49-15 in the Section 3 Class C semifinals.

       Lowville took command by responding to back-to-back Canastota three-and-outs with TD drives on its first two possessions.

       Eight-man football The Section 9 playoffs were turned on their head with a pair of semifinal surprises. Tenth-ranked Tri-Valley beat No. 4 Pawling 22-16 and No. 9 Ellenville downed No. 6 Pine Plains/Rhinebeck 30-14.

       Previously unbeaten Pine Plains had been averaging 41.2 points per game.

       Scoreboard: You can check out all of the Week 9 scores here. We've also assembled the rundown of how ranked teams fared this weekend.


      
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