Ron Moshier - Sports

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Moshier: Whitesboro lost to state champ

Yes, it is official: Whitesboro High School’s football season ended with a loss to the Class A state champion.


Section VI (Buffalo area) powerhouse Sweet Home, the team that beat Whitesboro 36-13 in the semifinals of the Class A tournament, successfully defended its New York State Public High School Athletic Association championship Saturday with a 34-7 romp over previously-unbeaten Burnt Hills of Section II (Albany area) at the Carrier Dome.


Sweet Home senior quarterback Pat McMahon was 13 of 20 passing for 297 yards, including a 91-yard touchdown to Jahaan Williams and a 54-yard touchdown to D.J. Nettles. The 6-foot-3, 187-pound Nettles, who is being courted by Syracuse University, was named the game’s MVP. He had seven receptions for 142 yards and he also intercepted two passes.


Sweet Home’s second straight 13-0 season means the Panthers have won 26 consecutive games and 36 of their last 37. They also beat Burnt Hills in last year’s Class A state final.


Section VI teams actually swept all three state championship games played Saturday at the Carrier Dome. Southwestern extended the state’s longest active winning streak to 29 games, capping another 13-0 season with a 40-14 victory over Bronxville in the Class C final. In Class D, Randolph (12-1) rolled over Moriah 41-0.


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.


Monday, November 9, 2009

Moshier: Westmoreland, Whitesboro football times changed

The schedule for this weekend’s state quarterfinal football games between Section III and Section IV champions has been changed, and those changes affect both Whitesboro and Westmoreland.


Westmoreland (10-0) plays Groton (9-1) at 6 p.m. in the only Friday night regional game being played at Union-Endicott High School. That game had originally been scheduled for 5 p.m.


Three Central Region finals will be played at Union-Endicott High School on Saturday, with Whitesboro (9-1) facing Corning East (8-2) at noon in the Class A opener. General Brown plays Chenango Forks in Class C at 3 p.m. and Westhill plays Johnson City in Class B at 6 p.m.


The Class AA game between Baldwinsville and Union-Endicott is scheduled for 5 p.m. Saturday at Johnson City.


According to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association’s Web site and football handbook, the Section III-IV Class D and Class A games were to be played at Union-Endicott at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, respectively. Section IV officials, however, made the schedule change and announced the new dates and times late Monday morning.


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