NEWPORT Sandy Creeks start to Saturdays Section 3 Class D football quarterfinal was anything but positive.
The Comets fell behind No. 4 West Canada Valley by 14 points, and the No. 5 Comets couldnt get anything going offensively the first few times they had the ball.
But spurred by a 37-yard interception return for a touchdown by Cameron Hall in the second quarter, the defending sectional champs rallied to score the final 34 points to earn a 34-14 win.
Sandy Creek (7-1) advanced to a semifinal date with No. 8 Dolgeville (7-1) this weekend at a time and site to be determined today. Dolgeville advanced Friday with a 27-20 upset of top-seeded Weedsport.
Kyle Fayette hit Zachary Halsey with a 29-yard touchdown pass later in the second quarter to tie the game at 14-14 at halftime following a second Tyler Swarthout PAT.
Swarthout contributed a 4-yard TD run in the third quarter for the winning points. John Shirley (4 yards) and Bobby Cornell (2 yards) added short touchdown runs in the fourth quarter to complete the scoring.
It was a long bus ride and I could sense we were a little flat when we got off the bus, Sandy Creek coach Mike Stevens said.
Defensively, Fayette, Shirley, Zach Brown and Matt Ennist each recorded 10 tackles. Fayette also forced a fumble, Shirley recovered a fumble and Hall intercepted two passes for Sandy Creek. The other Class D semifinal pits Herkimer against Westmoreland.
LOWVILLE 40, CLINTON 26
Dalton Rombough caught two touchdown passes from Brian OConnor, and Robert Campany scored two rushing touchdowns as the Red Raiders earned a Section 3 Class C crossover win at Clinton.
Romboughs scores game from 29 and 23 yards out for Lowville (4-4). Campany scored on runs of 17 and 13 yards and rushed for 108 yards on 16 carries. Billy Larkins ran for 112 yards on 23 carries, including a 14-yard TD run, and contributed a rushing touchdown for Lowville. Clinton fell to 3-5.
MASSENA 25, MALONE 18
JP Reagan rushed 26 times for 214 yards and accounted for all four touchdowns as the Red Raiders held off the Huskies in a Northern Athletic Conference nonleague game at Malone. He scored on touchdown runs on 2, 3, 50 and 56 for Massena (6-2).
Cameron Gallagher went 11 of 19 passing for 150 yards with touchdown passes to Jordan Yando (12 and 44 yards) for Malone (3-5).
IHC 3, BROOKFIELD 2 (OT)
Zach Frechette scored off a crossing pass from Jude Fusilli 47 seconds into sudden-victory overtime to propel the second-seeded Cavaliers to a Section 3 Class D quarterfinal win at Watertown High School.
IHC (13-3-1), which won a second straight overtime game, plays in the semifinals against No. 3 Copenhagen (18-0) at a site and time to be determined.
Matt Guyette scored from Jake Fusilli in the 54th minute to tie it for IHC after No. 7 Brookfield (14-2-2) had taken a 2-1 lead. JP McCluskey scored from Chris Rowland in the first half for the Cavaliers other goal.
Jarrod Smith finished with seven saves for IHC.
Gabe Mason and Jake Cowen scored for Brookfield.
POLAND 5, LYME 2
The No. 8 Indians put an early scare into the top-seeded Tornadoes, but couldnt hold on during a Class D quarterfinal at Poland.
Troy Wilson and Tanner Wiley scored for Lyme (13-5) in the first half to give the Indians a 2-1 lead.
Poland (17-0), the states top-ranked Class D team, was led by Dustin Dubrulles two goals and an assist.
BEAVER RIVER 1, WATERVILLE 0
Kristen Ebersol knocked in the game-winner midway through the second half to help lift the No. 4 Beavers to a Section 3 Class C2 quarterfinal victory over the No. 9 Indians at Chittenango High School.
Beaver River advances to play No. 2 Fabius-Pompey in a semifinal.
Goalie Mariah Abel stopped three shots for Beaver River (8-6-3).
Stephanie Williams made 11 saves for Waterville (7-10-1).
CYCLONES CAPTURE A TITLE
Julia Marilley captured the 200-yard individual medley and swam on the first-place 200 medley and 400 free relays to help lift Watertown to the team title at the Frontier League A Division championships at Rome Free Academy.
Watertown scored 361 points, while Holland Patent finished second with 335 points and Whitesboro (333) took third. South Jefferson (296) and Carthage (225) were fourth and fifth, respectively, out of eight teams.
Marilley also placed second in the 100 free. Allison Medley was second in the 100 breaststroke and contributed to the winning 200 medley for Watertown, which captured its fourth straight dual-meet championship this season, ending the regular season 10-1 overall and 10-0 in the league.
Hannah Markey was third in the 100 free and fourth in the 50 free for South Jefferson, while Claire Sauter took second in the 100 butterfly for Carthage.
Rachel Rodriquez finished second in the 100 backstroke and third in the 100 butterfly for Indian River.
VIKINGS SECURE B CROWN
Joanne Bechaz finished second in the 100 butterfly, third in the 500 free and swam on the winning 200 free relay to help power Thousand Islands to the team title at the FL B Division championships at South Lewis in Turin.
Thousand Islands scored 404.5 points, while Cooperstown was second with 385.5. Lowville (333) took third out of eight teams.
Eden Griger won the 200 IM and 100 free for Cooperstown, while Tessa Griger captured the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke. Both contributed to the winning 400 free relay.
Kelsey McLean claimed the 200 free, and Grace Metzler won the 50 free and was second in the 100 free for Lowville. South Lewis Chloe Stinebrickner was the 200 IM runner-up.
CANTON 3, GOUVERNEUR 1
Autumn Ashleys 15 points and 11 kills paced the fourth-seeded Bears to a 15-25, 25-12, 25-13, 25-15 win over the Wildcats in the first round of the Section 10 Class B playoffs in Canton. Raenelle Durham added seven kills for Canton (7-10).
In Class C action, No. 5 Tupper Lake (4-13) swept Brushton-Moira, 27-25, 26-24, 25-16, advancing to a Monday date with No. 1 Chateaugay. Brushton-Moira finished at 4-12.