Leading off today:
Junior Maddox Blaise rushed for 305 yards and scored five touchdowns Friday as Moriah
dominated Tuckahoe 46-12 in the NYSPHSAA football Class D semifinals at Middletown High School.
Blaise became the first running back in Section 7 history to eclipse 2,000 yards while raising his season totals to 2,125 yards and 21 touchdowns.
"Holes were just opening up and my guys were just winning in the trenches," Blaise said.
Blaise opened the scoring in the first quarter on a 16-yard run. The Vikings extended the lead to 16-0 with a 95-yard drive. Blaise carried five times for 82 years on the possession, including the final 31 for the TD that matched another Section 7 record.
The Vikings (8-3) next face a rematch with defending state champ Clymer/Sherman/Panama (10-1), a 28-27 winner against Tioga despite falling behind by two scores.
C/S/P junior Brendon Ramsey scored two second-half touchdowns and John Swabik dove into the end zone at the pylon for the go-ahead 2-point conversion early in the fourth quarter. The outcome wasn't decided until junior Connor Cooper intercepted a pass with just over a minute remaining.
Tioga had raced to a 27-13 lead on the strength of a combined four TDs from sophomore running back Emmett Wood (30 carries, 204 yards) and senior quarterback Brady Worthing.
Class A semifinals: Cornwall running back Amin Woods piled up 183 yards and three TDs on 34 carries to help tun back Rye 45-34 in Middletown.
The Dragons' 23rd consecutive win moved them one victory from becoming the first Section 9 squad to win back-to-back state titles.
Cornwall took a 28-20 lead into the half following Woods TD runs of 3 and 54 yards. Woods opened the second-half scoring with a 9-yard TD run to put the Dragons ahead 35-20 with 4:37 left in the third quarter, and Bryce Brown sprinted 31 yards for another score to stretch the team to 42-20 entering the fourth quarter.
Cornwall's opponent in the final will be Carthage, which overcame a pick-six 30 seconds into the game to post a 16-6 win over Canandaigua at Cicero-North Syracuse.
Carthage got a pick-six of its own from Nathan MacLean, and forced the Braves into six turnovers overall. Thomas Albright accounted for three with two interceptions and a game-clinching fumble recovery to go along with his TD following a blocked punt.
Albright's final recovery went for a TD following a Canandaigua fumble at the Carthage 1 in the closing seconds.
"To end the game like that, for them to get so close and our defense play so hard all game and not let them score any points, to end the game like that? It was a statement," Albright said.
Long Island action: Plainedge overwhelmed Rockville Centre South Side on both sides for the second time in a month and rolled to a 41-13 victory in the Nassau Conference III championship game at Hofstra University.
Running back Dion Kuinlan carried 21 times for 167 yards and three touchdowns. QB Dan Villari ran 15 times for 161 yards and the other three touchdowns.
"We were a 1-2 punch," Kuinlan said. "We made for a good combination."
• William Floyd downed Longwood 34-14 to present coach Paul Longo with his 200th victory and capture the Suffolk Division I championship at Stony Brook University.
A bobbled snap on a Longwood punt set William Floyd up at the Lions' 5, and Tyshawn Lopez scored on a 3-yard run for a 13-7 Floyd lead with 7:29 left in the first half.