Countdown to kickoff: State football

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Sat, Nov 10, 2012 1:29 AM

Updated Sat, Nov 17, 2012 10:43 PM
Countdown to kickoff: State football

NYSPHAA Football Tournament


Saturday, November 17
at Dietz Stadium, Kingston

Class AA
New Rochelle 28, Shaker 21

Khalil Edney engineered a game-winning 65-yard drive in 1:05 to pull New Rochelle ahead 28-21 in a wild fourth quarter for the Huguenots. After falling behind 21-20, Edney hit Joe Clarke on an 11-yard touchdown pass with 30 seconds left.

New Rochelle led 20-0 with a minute to go in the third quarter when Shaker made an incredible comeback behind quarterback Chris Landers. The senior signal caller ran for a 49-yard touchdown to give the Blue Bison the lead. He also tossed a touchdown pass to kickstart the comeback.

The Huguenots led 14-0 at halftime behind touchdown runs from Jason Ceneus (10 carries, 80 yards, 2 TD) and Jon Forrest and a bend but don't break defense. 

Shaker's Ryan Griffin ran for 101 yards on 20 carries in the first half. He finished with 132 yards and a touchdown on 32 carries.

New Rochelle will face defending state champion Orchard Park (Section 6) in the Class AA state championship on Saturday in Syracuse.

Class B
Glens Falls 28, Marlboro 17

Glens Falls used its big-play ability to mount a big lead on Marlboro and then pounded the football late to earn a trip to the Class B state championship game.

Marlboro cut a 20-9 halftime lead with its best drive of the game in the third quarter on the back of Austin Beck. The senior running back busted a 54-yard run and ended the drive with a touchdown and two-point conversion to bring the Dukes within three points. Beck finished with 111 yards on 14 carries. Quarterback Justin Votta added 59 yards on the ground.

Glens Falls had too much of Mike Lanoir. The senior running back threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Joe McMahon to increase the Indians lead once again. Lanoir finished the day with six carries for 106 yards and a touchdown, three catches for 108 yards and a touchdown, and the touchdown pass.

Jake Dailey added 105 yards receiving and an interception.

Marlboro's Adam Laubach kept the Dukes in the game with three first-half field goals of 50 yards, 35 yards, and 34 yards. He was the Iron Dukes' most valuable offensive player. Matt Tamburri was named Marlboro's most valuable defensive player.

Class C
Hoosick Falls 43, James I O'Neill 21

Jerry Nasi ran for three touchdowns, all in the first quarter, as O'Neill opened up a 21-7 lead. But Hoosick Falls stormed back to earn a trip to the state title game in Syracuse next weekend.

Friday, November 16
at Dietz Stadium, Kingston

Class A
Burnt Hills 28, Cornwall 13

Burnt Hills scored two touchdowns in the second half on a 99-yard drive and a 98-yard drive to hold off Cornwall for the third time in the last four years in the Class A state semifinals.

Cornwall's Mike White dealt with incredible pressure from Burnt Hills throughout the game and finished 13 of 32 passing for 181 yards and three interceptions. Luke Szido and Jeff Grygiel each ran for first-half touchdowns.

Burnt Hills used its ground attack to run for 255 yards including 141 on 14 carries from Dan Maynard.

Burnt Hills will face Sweet Home (Section 6) in the Class A state championship.

Class D
Tuckahoe 14, Rensselaer 12

Nick Reisman ran for two second-half touchdowns to give Tuckahoe a come-from-behind victory in the Class D state semifinals. Shyheim Nixon ran for 116 yards on 12 carries at the quarterback position for the Tigers. 

Rensselaer's Tyler Stasack returned the game's opening kickoff 72 yards for a touchdown for the only points of the first half. Tuckahoe only had 65 total yards at halftime.

The Tigers took a 7-6 lead after a 10-play, 85-yard touchdown drive in the third quarter before Rensselaer took the lead back on a 7-minute drive that followed. 

Nixon and Reisman moved the ball quickly down the field and Reisman punched in the game-winning touchdown with 3:37 left.

Tuckahoe will play in the Carrier Dome in Syracuse at Noon on Friday against an opponent to be determined.


Monday, November 12
Class A
at Mahopac High School

Cornwall 34, Somers 13

The legend of Mike White continued to grow in this postseason with a 433-yard passing day to go with three touchdown passes. That's 933 passing yards in two weeks for the junior quarterback. 

Wide receiver Alex Cruz caught 10 passes for 281 yards and two scores in the victory.

Somers cut the Cornwall lead to 14-6 in the third quarter after a 3-yard touchdown from Joe Lombardo which was predeced by a 69-yard burst from Stefano Bicknese (11 carries, 146 yards). Cornwall answered right back with a 78-yard touchdown on the first play from White to Cruz. 

John Decker threw for 144 yards and a touchdown to Joe Festo in the loss, but the Tuskers turned the ball over four times inside the Cornwall 30-yard line and could never recover. 

Luke Zsido and Jeff Grygiel each rushed for a touchdown for Cornwall. 

The Dragons will face Burnt Hills (Section 2) in the state semifinals on Friday night at 8 p.m in Kingston.

Saturday, November 10
Class D
at Dietz Stadium, Kingston

Tuckahoe 34, Chester 18

Tuckahoe rushed for 444 yards in the Class D state quarterfinal victory over Chester. Nick Reisman carried 30 times for 222 yards and Kayvon Reid added 166 yards on 12 carries for the Tigers. Each scored two touchdowns.

Chester was led by quarterback Vinny Aloi who threw for 209 yards and three touchdowns, two to Justin Delgado. 

Tuckahoe will face Rensselaer (Section 2) in the state semifinals on Friday at Dietz Stadium at 4 p.m.

Class AA
at Dietz Stadium, Kingston

New Rochelle 39, Pine Bush 7

Khalil Edney completed 13 of 20 passes for 135 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 79 yards and a score on nine carries. Ahmad Encarnacion, Whjante Holden and Joe Clarke each caught scores in the win. Holden also ran for a touchdown.

Friday, November 9
Class B
Marlboro 23, Lourdes 20 (OT)

Adam Laubach kicked a field goal in overtime before Marlboro defense stopped Lourdes on a fake field-goal attempt to pull out the victory. Lourdes led 20-13 with 3:49 left before Iron Dukes quarterback Justin Votta led the offense down the field. Votta completed 5 of 6 passes on the drive, including a 15-yard touchdown pass to Zach Sakadelis with 2:21 left. The extra point tied it 20-20. Laubach's 19-yard field goal put Marlboro was the game-winner. Votta finished 12 of 25 passing for 171 yards and three touchdowns. Ryan Cary had 134 total yards of offense and Matt Tamburri caught four passes for 61 yards and a score. Bryce Gioia led Lourdes with 112 yards and a touchdown on 30 carries.

Class C
O'Neill 35, Woodlands 18

O'Neill became the first Class C team from Section 9 to win a state tournament game since 1996. Jerry Nasi led the way, rushing for 233 yards and two touchdowns on 32 carries, returning a kickoff 95 yards and a touchdown and kicking all five extra points. Keegan West threw for 110 yards and a touchdown for O'Neill, which will face Hoosick Falls in the state semifinals next Saturday. Tyrone Barber ran for 106 yards and two touchdowns and Justin Riccio passed for 179 yards for Woodlands.



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