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Week 9: Sunday’s schedule and results

Posted By Josh Thomson On November 4, 2012 @ 8:00 am In Football | Comments Disabled

It’s all championship games, all the time today and tonight. We’ll have three reporters and two photographers up at Mahopac High School all day long. The action begins at 10 a.m. and probably won’t wrap up until 12 hours later.

If you’re there for the marathon today, great. If not, we’ll have everything you need here and on Twitter.

Mike Dougherty (@hoopsmbd [1]), Rick Carpiniello (@LoHudCarp [2]) and I (@LoHudInsider) [3] will have your updates on Twitter. I’ll post information as quickly as I can on here afterward.

Enjoy the football!

Sunday’s games —
All at Mahopac High School:
Class D championship
Tuckahoe 35, Haldane 6
Class C championship
Woodlands 35, Rye Neck 0
Class AA championship
New Rochelle 28, North Rockland 0
Class B championship
Our Lady of Lourdes 14, Pleasantville 9

Class D championship
Tuckahoe 35, Haldane 6:
The Tigers wore different pants than usual for the Section 1 Class D championship-winning 35-6 victory over Haldane Sunday at Mahopac High.They wore bright orange pants.

“Syracuse orange,” running back Nick Reisman said.

In other words, just emphasizing the goal, which is to get back to Syracuse where Tuckahoe has won a pair of state championships, including the 2010 title with most of these players as underclassmen.

“Every day we think about that,” Reisman said.

“It means everything to the team and community,” added quarterback Shyheim Nixon. “We’re just trying to get back to where we were two years ago – states, Syracuse. That’s where we’re trying to go.”

Tuckahoe will play Section 9 champ Chester in the state regional semifinal Saturday, 3 p.m., at Kingston’s Dietz Stadium.

First, Tuckahoe had to take care of the sectional title it lost to Haldane last fall, as the teams met for the championship for the eighth year in a row.

The teams also played a 27-27 tie this season, in which Nixon – who moved from running back to QB – was injured and missed three OT periods.

Reisman rushed 25 times for 176 yards (161 of those in the second half) and three touchdowns, plus one called back. Shyheim Nixon, who was gradually moved from running back to quarterback during the season, was 7 of 8 for 165 yards and a touchdown pass to Anthony Castracucco (who caught three for 111 yards). Nixon also had a rushing touchdown, and had two interceptions on defense.

Haldane’s score came on a touchdown pass from Bayley Semple to Ryan Dahlie after a long fumble recovery/return by Owen Thomas, and the Blue Devils trailed just 8-6 at halftime.

“It took us a while to get going, I think, because we were so intense and so pumped up for this game,” Tuckahoe coach John D’Arco said.

“This means everything,” Nixon said. “We were miserable last year. We lost this game last year and we made a promise to ourselves that we weren’t going to lose this game.”

Class C championship
Woodlands 35, Rye Neck 0:
When the Falcons realized they were just playing the next football game on the schedule, they started to put up points. It took a couple of possessions for the stage fright to fade. Woodlands came out with plenty of purpose on defense and gave the Panthers a little something to worry about, surrendering just 69 total yards.

“We definitely were nervous, you could see that,” Falcons defensive end DeSean Downey said. “We have never been in a championship game. Everybody fought through it and it wasn’t long before we came together and played like we played all year.”

The first two possessions of the game dead-ended, but D’Andre Tilford capped a lengthy drive four minutes into the second quarter with a six-yard touchdown run. Sebastian Ovelar’s PAT made it 7-0.

Rye Neck stayed close until the last four minutes of the half.

Tilford crashed into the backfield and stripped Panthers quarterback Thomas Pipolo at the Panthers’ 21, and Downey fell on the loose ball. Riccio went over from a yard away six plays later and Downey added the conversion run.

Rye Neck lost ground with its next three plays, and the ensuing punt traveled eight yards before sailing out of bounds with 16 seconds on the clock. Riccio threw a 24-yard scoring pass to a wide open Dylan Eddy on the very next play and the Falcons took a 22-0 lead into the intermission.

“Momentum turned in the blink of an eye,” Rye Neck coach Nick Ianello said.

Woodlands is coming back to Mahopac at 7 p.m. on Friday to play a regional contest against Section 9 champion O’Neill.

Class AA championship
New Rochelle 28, North Rockland 0: At Mahopac High School, the New Rochelle defense posted its sixth shutout of the season, holding defending Class AA champion North Rockland to just 34 yards of offense. The Huguenots won their fifth Section 1 title in six seasons and their eighth in the last 10 years.

“We’re back on top,” New Rochelle QB Khalil Edney said. “That’s all I can say.”

Senior Ray Ganley was named the defensive MVP. He recovered two fumbles, hit North Rockland quarterback Nick Imperato to force an interception and tackled Brandon Respress for a loss on an attempted toss pass. He led a defense that allowed Nick Connell 55 yards rushing on 21 carries and held the rest of North Rockland’s offense to -21 yards.

Edney was named offensive MVP. He went 8 for 12 for 139 yards and two touchdowns and scored on a 1-yard touchdown run. He gave the Huguenots a 7-0 lead in the second quarter when he completed a 25-yard pass to a leaping Ahmad Encarnacion for a score on third and 7. He later narrowly escaped a sack and lobbed a screen to Joe Clarke, who caught the ball one-handed and broke free for a 55-yard touchdown.

New Rochelle also forced four turnovers. Wijante Holden and Jason Ceneus each intercepted Imperato. Ceneus’ interception came after North Rockland had stopped New Rochelle and forced a punt on the opening possession of the third quarter. The Red Raiders trailed 14-0 and were inside Huguenot territory, but Ceneus intercepted the pass on the first play of the series and returned it 51 yards for a touchdown.

For the game, New Rochelle outgained North Rockland 240-34 and had 13 first downs to North Rockland’s four. Clarke, Jon Forrest and Gavin Harley each had a sack. Forrest’s sack forced a fumble.

Class B championship
Our Lady of Lourdes 14, Pleasantville 9
: At Mahopac High School, Lourdes staved off the upset, rallying from a 9-0 halftime deficit and overcoming three first-half fumbles to win the first Section 1 championship in program history.

It was the fourth Section 1 title of the state-playoff era or coach Brian Walsh, who won with Brewster in 1996, 1997 and 1999.

“It’s great, especially with a school that’s never done it before,” Walsh said.

Anthony Godino threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to Charlie Montgomery in the second quarter to open the scoring. After the third Lourdes fumble, which came deep in its territory, James Leyden kicked a 24-yard field goal to push it to 9-0 at halftime.

Shortly before halftime, Walsh inserted Gioia on offense for the first time. He had missed the regular season finale against Beacon and didn’t play offense in last week’s semifinal win over Croton. But the leading rusher’ reemergence on offense allowed the Warriors to gain momentum they never relinquished. Gioia carried the ball on all but two plays in the second half and capped two long drives with touchdown runs. His 18-yard score on third and 3 with 3:45 remaining helped give Lourdes its first lead.

“I just felt we needed a change and he really gave us a spark along with our offensive line,” Walsh said.

Pleasantville never had an opportunity to drive for the win. Jake Wiegard, who also had three sacks, forced a fumble on the ensuing kickoff that was recovered by Chris Grevas. Lourdes burned the remainder of the clock. In fact, Pleasantville ran just six plays in the second half.

“I’ve never had that happen to me,” quarterback Anthony Godino said. “We never had the ball. It drains you emotionally. It drains you mentally. It drains you physically. I think we did well, though, since nobody expected this game to be close.”

Gioia was named offensive MVP. Pleasantville’s Nick Greto earned defensive MVP honors.

Friday, Nov. 9
Class C state quarterfinals
At Mahopac High School:
Woodlands vs. O’Neill (Section 9), 7 p.m.
Class B state quarterfinals

At Dietz Stadium:
Our Lady of Lourdes vs. Marlboro (Section 9), 7 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 10
Class D state quarterfinals
At Dietz Stadium, Kingston:
Tuckahoe vs. Chester (Section 9), 3 p.m.
Class AA state quarterfinals
At Dietz Stadium, Kingston:
New Rochelle vs. Pine Bush (Section 9), 7 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 11
Class A state quarterfinals
At Mahopac High School:
Somers/Sleepy Hollow vs. Cornwall (Section 9), 1 p.m.

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