The first four spots in Syracuse are reserved. Queensbury beat Cornwall 36-27 last night at Dietz and will play Williamsville North on Friday afternoon for the Class A state title. According to reporters on the scene, the game changed irrevocably in the first half when Cornwall’s star quarterback Mike White suffered a dislocated elbow. He did not return.
In the Class D state semifinals at Dietz, Chester rocked Moriah 55-14 and advanced to its second state final in three years. Randolph move on as well, beating Tioga by four scores. Chester and Randolph will kick off state championship weekend when they meet in the Class D final on Friday at noon.
Six more teams will book a trip to the Carrier Dome today. Two of the 12 remaining contenders are from Section 1, of course. Rye Neck will play at 11 a.m. in the Class C state semis. White Plains will help close out the weekend when it plays Monroe-Woodbury at 7 p.m. Both teams enter today seeking their first trip to a state final.
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Saturday’s games —
At Dietz Stadium, Kingston:
Class C state semifinal
Rye Neck 14, Hoosick Falls 0
Class B state semifinal
Schalmont 66, Marlboro 0
Class AA state semifinal
Monroe-Woodbury 34, White Plains 13
Game recaps —
Class C state semifinal
Rye Neck 14, Hoosick Falls 0: (BOX SCORE) The Rye Neck football team advanced to the state championship game for the first time in program history on Saturday. The Panthers shut out defending state champ Hoosick Falls 14-0 in the Class C state semifinals at Dietz Stadium.
Rye Neck (11-0) limited the Section 2 champ to 205 yards of offense and forced three turnovers, including a first-quarter fumble that senior Jakob Calvini returned 52 yards for the game’s first touchdown. Junior Jake Sevean added an 8-yard touchdown run later in the quarter to give the Panthers an early 14-0 lead.
Senior Pedro M. Cueto rushed for a game-high 127 yards to earn most outstanding offensive player honors. Senior defensive back Matt Garcia earned the top honor on defense for Rye Neck, which pitched its sixth shutout of the season.
The Panthers will play Chenango Forks, which beat Section 5’s Cleveland Hill 22-0 in Saturday’s other Class C state semifinal. The Section 4 representative is a two-time state champ making its seventh trip to the Carrier Dome since 2001. Chenango Forks beat Rye to win Class B state titles in 2003 and 2004 and lost state finals to Harrison in 2002 and Rye in 2005 and 2007.
Rye Neck and Chenango Forks will meet for the state championship on Sunday, Dec. 1 at 12 p.m. at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse.
Class AA state semifinal
Monroe-Woodbury 34, White Plains 13: (BOX SCORE) White Plains allowed four touchdowns on five second-half drives and fell in the program’s first state playoff appearance. The Tigers had trailed just 7-0 at halftime, but they couldn’t stop Monroe-Woodbury (12-0) in the second half, especially quarterback Kevin Carr. The senior rushed for 193 yards and three touchdowns and passed for another 90 yards. Teammate Cole Gennett added another 117 yards and two scores on the ground.
White Plains (8-2) stopped the Crusaders three times in its own territory in the first half. The defense tackled Carr at the 2 on fourth-and-short and, on another drive, forced a Gennett fumble that was recovered by sophomore Jimmy Hall at the 4. Carr also completed a hail mary on the final play of the second quarter to Jesse Keffenberger but it was ruled out of bounds.
The Tigers trailed just 7-0 despite being outgained 152-54. They improved offensively in the second half but couldn’t stop the Crusaders, who scored on a three-play, 52-yard drive to open the third quarter. White Plains cut the deficit to 14-6 when Adrian Cruz took advantage of a bad punt snap and returned a fumble 5 yards for a score. Chris Jordan, who rushed for 183 yards on 23 carries, cut the deficit to 20-13 when he rumbled for 72 yards after another Monroe score. But as they did all game, the Crusaders responded again. They added a late touchdown to seal to improve to 11-0 and earn a spot in next Sunday’s Class AA state final opposite Aquinas.
White Plains QB Cameron Crabbe finished just 4 for 13 for 86 yards and an interception. The passing game struggled after snow fell midway through the first quarter and intensified throughout the first half. The Tigers were also forced to play without one of their top targets, senior Matt Berube, who suffered two broken bones in his leg at practice on Monday.
Upcoming schedule —
Sunday, Dec. 1
At Carrier Dome, Syracuse:
Class C state championship
Rye Neck vs. Chenango Forks (Section 4), 12 p.m.
Class B state championship
Schalmont (Section 2) vs. Maine-Endwell (Section 4), 3 p.m.
Class AA state championship
Monroe-Woodbury (Section 9) vs. Aquinas (Section 5), 6 p.m.