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High school football: Indian River clinches regular season title


NEW HARTFORD — Denzel Barnes rushed 18 times for 57 yards and finished with three touchdowns to spark Indian River to a 35-8 victory over New Hartford on Friday night, clinching the Section 3 Class A National regular-season crown for the Warriors.

Barnes scored on runs of 8, 8 and 6 yards for Indian River (6-1 overall, 5-0 division). Dustin Sharrit accumulated 82 yards on 17 carries and scored on a 6-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. Tyler Sloley added a 16-yard TD run for Indian River.

Barnes completed five passes for 102 yards, while Deondre Grier had six carries for 91 yards. Elijah Franklin made three receptions for 77 yards for the Warriors.

Dominic Pfisterer started the scoring on a 21-yard touchdown run in the first quarter for New Hartford (4-3, 2-3).


Josh Capers and Rodrick Groce each ran for over 100 yards as the Comets scored the first 44 points of the game and routed the Red Raiders in a Class A crossover game at Fulton.

Capers ran seven times for 108 yards and scored on touchdown runs of 8 and 41 yards for Carthage (6-1, 4-1). Groce carried the ball nine times for 120 yards and scored on 31-yard TD run for the Comets.

Bailey Wilkinson went 6 for 9 passing for 139 yards and threw a 17-yard touchdown to Dylan James and a 66-yard strike to Josh Yelvington. Denzel Dixon ran back a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown for the Comets.

Cody Green supplied touchdown runs of 1 and 11 yards for Fulton (1-6, 1-4).


The Vikings won their third straight game to move into playoff contention as sophomore running back Travis Anderson rushed for 194 yards on 29 carries and scored two touchdowns in a Class C North game at Clayton.

Thousand Islands (4-3, 3-3) led 18-0 at halftime on a 15-yard Collin Bourcy TD run and scoring runs of 52 and 4 yards by Anderson. Brentyn Horton returned a kickoff 68 yards for a third-quarter score, and Miles Kearns added an 18-yard TD run in the fourth quarter.

Bourcy finished with 117 yards on 19 carries.

Lowville (3-4, 2-3) scored on a 1-yard pass from Brian O’Connor to Dalton Rombough, and runs of 16 yards by Robert Campany and 5 yards by Billy Larkins. Larkins finished with 166 rushing yards on 17 carries.


Cameron Hall ran for 170 yards on 29 carries, including a pair of 1-yard scoring plunges, and the Comets defense held the Blue Devils to less than 30 points for the first time all year in a Class D Central victory at Pulaski.

Zach Brown busted off a 64-yard touchdown run early in the second half to put Sandy Creek up 27-8.

Kyle Fayette scored on a 1-yard touchdown run and also caught a 15-yard scoring pass from Tyler Swarthout for the Comets (6-1, 5-1), who bounced back from their first loss of the season last Saturday at Westmoreland to clinch a Class D playoff berth.

Zac Akey, Zach Halsey and Brett Wolfe led Sandy Creek’s defensive effort with 10 tackles apiece.

Tom Taplin scored on touchdown runs of 3 and 1 yards for Pulaski (5-2, 4-2).


Kyle Steiner threw for 272 yards and five touchdowns to lead the Beavers to a Class D Central rout of the Falcons in Turin.

Steiner threw touchdown passes of 45 and 37 yards to Alex Behling for Beaver River (3-4, 3-4). He also connected on a 65-yard scoring toss to Erik Lyndaker, a 33-yard touchdown pass to Daniel Erker and a 15-yard strike to Kaelyn Ferguson.

Behling led all receivers with 143 yards on six catches. Lyndaker rushed for 106 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries for the Beavers, who scored four straight touchdowns to start the game and led 39-14 at halftime.

Lucas Kelly ran for touchdowns of 73, 27 and 13 yards for South Lewis (1-6, 1-5).

In other Section 3 games, Whitesboro blanked Watertown 51-0 in Class A National, and Central Valley defeated South Jefferson 50-34 in Class B East.


Josh Liebstein ran for three touchdowns and threw three more as the Blue Devils wrapped up its Northern Conference regular season with a win over the Wildcats (1-6) on senior night in Ogdensburg.

Jordan McCormick piled up 208 rushing yards for OFA (6-1).

Liebstein’s biggest highlight came on a 56-yard touchdown toss to Jon Tayler in the second quarter.

OFA (6-1) will host Canton in the Section 10 Class C semifinals on Friday.

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