Monday, November 23, 2009

Moshier: Section III football takes a hit

In case you didn’t notice, Section III football really took it on the chin these last two weeks.


Getting shut out of this weekend’s state championships at the Carrier Dome is one thing. That’s happened before and it certainly will happen again. It was how their seasons ended that really was an eye opener for Section III’s five class champions.


As it turns out, Class A Whitesboro (10-2) probably had the best chance to move on, even if the Warriors were playing a reigning state champion whose winning streak has grown to 25 games. At least they proved they could play with top-ranked Sweet Home for a while, until four turnovers helped the Panthers pull away for a 36-13 victory in last weekend’s state semifinals.


Here’s how Section III’s other class champions fared:


In Class AA, previously-unbeaten Baldwinsville made it to the state semifinals, but the Bees were buried in a 28-0 halftime hole and lost to North Tonawanda 28-7.


In Class B, previously-unbeaten Westhill was hammered by Hornell 49-7 in the semifinals, with Hornell’s Austin Dwyer rushing for a state playoff-record 400 yards and four touchdowns.


In Class C, previously-unbeaten General Brown lost 27-0 to a Chenango Forks team whose season ended with a 21-0 loss to defending state champ Southwestern in the semifinals.


In Class D, previously-unbeaten Westmoreland lost 40-11 to a Groton team that got run over by Randolph, whose Cardinals rushed for 601 yards in a 61-8 semifinal rout.



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