UTICA, N.Y. — After returning the opening kickoff 78 yards for a touchdown, junior quarterback Kevin Warmack threw touchdown passes to Vinnie LoConti and Nick Abraham and also scored on an 82-yard run as Utica’s Notre Dame Jugglers tuned up for the Section III playoffs with a 34-7 win over Class C East rival Mt. Markham in Saturday’s regular-season finale at Brother Victor McCarthy Memorial Stadium.
The Jugglers (4-3, 4-2 C East) finished third in Class C East behind unbeaten Sherburne-Earlville and Frankfort-Schuyler.
Warmack, who was relieved after playing one third-quarter series and leading the Jugglers to a 34-0 lead, rushed for 104 yards on seven carries and completed 8 for 17 passes for 120 yards, including touchdowns of 32 and 26 yards to LoConti and Abraham, respectively.
Abraham, a freshman receiver and place kicker, also booted field goals of 24 and 37 yards.
Notre Dame sophomore Jerome Brabham caught four passes for 54 yards and also had two interceptions, including a leaping, one-handed grab in the second half.
Mt. Markham’s only touchdown was a fourth-down pass from Adam Westbrook to Brenton Bond from five yards out. Mike Tanzillo led the Mustangs (0-7, 0-6 C East) in rushing with 52 yards on 16 carries.
Mt Markham will play a crossover game at home Friday against Cooperstown. Notre Dame is on the road Friday for its Class C playoff opener against Syracuse’s Institute of Technology, the No. 1 seed.
UTICA-NOTRE DAME 34, MT. MARKHAM 7
Mt. Markham 0 0 7 0 — 7
Notre Dame 17 14 3 0 — 34
ND — Kevin Warmack 78 kickoff return (Nick Abraham kick).
ND — Vinnie LoConti 32 pass from Warmack (Abraham kick).
ND — Abraham 24 field goal.
ND — Warmack 82 run (Abraham kick).
ND — Abraham 26 pass from Warmack (Abraham kick).
ND — Abraham 37 field goal.
MtM — Brenton Bond 5 pass from Adam Westbrook (Dillion Bleaking kick).
Records — Mt. Markham 0-7, 0-6 C East; Notre Dame 4-3, 4-2 C East.