It was a long road to travel to get to play at the Carrier Dome Last weekend for a New York State Public High School football championship. There were some close games and strong performances. Section IV won all three of their match-ups while Section I won only one.

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The first game on Friday was the Class D championship. Senior running back Emmett Wood led the Section IV champion Tioga over Section VII title winner Moriah. Wood rushed for 169 yards and 2 touchdowns to vault the Tigers over the Vikings 27-0.

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The 3pm game on Friday was expected to be a good one and it lived up to its billing. Section I powerhouse Somers scored 9 unanswered points in the 4th quarter but it wasn't enough to catch Section III champ Christian Brothers Academy-Syracuse, who won 32-31. Junior quarterback Jordan Rae threw for 346 yards and two touchdowns to lead CBA to the Class A state title.

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The Class C title match was the feature game at 6pm, especially in the Capital Region. Section II champ Schuylerville was the sentimental favorite of the weekend for the 518 area. Unfortunately, head coach John Bowen couldn't get it done in the final game. Section IV winner Chenango Forks was powered by senior running backs Dubbs Haqq and Zander Arnold. The two combined for 240 yards on the ground and all 3 touchdowns in the 21-0 victory over Schuylerville.

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Saturday started off with a great match-up in the Class B championship game. Section I Pleasantville facing Section IV power Maine-Endwell. Pleasantville took a 12-7 lead into halftime but it didn't end well...for the Panthers. Senior Mike Mancini and junior Ethan Sadler combined for 170 yards on the ground. Mancini added a touchdown pass to his one on the ground to lead the Spartans over Pleasantville 21-12.

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The final game of the weekend was the Class AA championship. Section I powerhouse Carmel pounded Section VI champ Bennett 42-12. Senior running back Dylan Shields ran for 156 yard on only 9 carries and had 3 touchdowns to lead the Rams to victory! Wow! A great performance by all of the student-athletes.

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