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The Telegram
  • SCHOLASTIC FOOTBALL: Tough night for top seeds

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  • FRANKFORT, N.Y. — Friday was not a good night to be home.
    The upper seed lost four of the six Section III quarterfinals played in classes C and D. Included among the losers were No. 1 seeds Weedsport in Class D and the Syracuse Institute of Technology in Class C.
    The only teams to win on their home fields were Class D Herkimer and Class C Immaculate Heart of Watertown.
    Herkimer, competing in Class D for the first time after winning a split-class title last year and an outright crown in 2011 in Class C, put up a convincing 48-14 win against Tully. The Magicians, seeded third, had all-state quarterback Austin Mills run for 250 yards and five touchdowns.
    In the other Class D game played Friday, Dolgeville, a wild card entry, was a 27-20 winner over Weedsport, the undefeated No. 1 seed. The Blue Devils held a one-point lead when Weedsport fumbled the ball on the game’s final play and Dolgeville ran it back for a touchdown.
    Immaculate Heart, the third seed, advanced to the Class C semifinals with its 49-7 win over defending champion Skaneateles.
    Utica’s Notre Dame Jugglers, beaten by one point on the road by Weedsport in a crossover during the regular season, played spoiler Friday with their 32-28 win over the previously-undefeated Institute of Technology.
    Thousand Islands, the other Class C wild card, made a long trip south and tripped up Sherburne-Earlville; the points scored by the Vikings in their 23-12 win were 16 fewer than the total allowed by Sherburne-Earlville during its perfect regular season.
    General Brown got two short touchdown runs from Zech Pitre and beat Frankfort-Schuyler 14-12. The Lions led 14-6 in the fourth quarter when Pitre fumbled and Ralph Walker recovered at the Frankfort-Schuyler 24. The Maroon Knights went to the air on the next play and Joe DeSarro threw a touchdown pass to Rick Morocco streaking down the home sideline. Trailing by two points with 3:12 left to play, the Maroon Knights called a timeout to set up their conversion try. DeSarro threw a pass for Michael Irons in the right corner but General Brown’s Ryan Cumberbatch reached around the receiver to get his right hand on the ball and knock it down, preserving the lead for the Lions.
    The final two Class D quarterfinals will be played Saturday. Cato-Meridian, a wild card entry, travels to Westmoreland for a 1 p.m. game and defending champion Sandy Creek plays at West Canada Valley at 2 p.m.
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