Zeke Wright rushed for 229 yards and a pair of second-half touchdowns Friday night as the Groton football team rallied from a seven-point deficit after three quarters to defeat Bainbridge-Guilford, 30-23, in a Section 4 Class D quarterfinal at Ross Field.
Joey Scaglione added 63 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns for the Indians (7-1), who will take on Harpursville (7-1) next weekend in the Class D semifinals. The Hornets were 61-28 winners on Saturday at Union Springs.
The other Class D semifinal will pit Tioga (8-0) against Unatego (6-2). The semifinals will be played at Union-Endicott High’s Ty Cobb Stadium, at times to be announced.
B-G (5-3) started the scoring in the first quarter on Jake Mazzarella’s 32-yard run, and extended the lead to 9-0 lead on Lucas Butcher’s 20-yard field goal in the second quarter.
Scaglione scored on a 9-yard run in the second, and Wright added the two-point conversion run to bring the Indians to within a point at halftime.
Mazzarella added to the Bobcats’ lead in the third when he broke a 55-yard TD run. Butcher added the PAT kick to push the lead to 16-8.
Wright tied it at 16 when he broke a 75-yard TD run and added the two-point conversion run. But B-G took a 23-16 lead at the end of the third quarter on Corbin Palmer’s 20-yard pass to Tyler Ouimet.
Scaglione scored on another 9-yard run early in the fourth to bring Groton within one and Wright capped the night with a 35-yard TD.
Mazzarella led B-G with 15 carries for 174 yards.
* Harpursville 61, Union Springs 28: Mason Dean carried nine times for 112 yards and five touchdowns to lead the Hornets to lopsided road victory over the Wolves Saturday.
Dean scored five of the Hornets’ first six touchdowns, including a 39-yard fumble recovery and a 43-yard punt return. He also threw a 45-yard touchdown pass to Jon Andrews to give the Hornets a 34-0 halftime lead.
Andrew Kimmel also had three rushing touchdowns, his first putting Harpursville ahead 48-0. He finished with 145 yards on 11 rushes for Harpursville, which claimed its first playoff victory in team history.
Union Springs (6-2) cut the deficit to 55-28 but Kimmel scored on a 3-yard run midway through the fourth quarter.
* Tioga 33, Walton 8: Jesse Manuel’s 45-yard touchdown run in the first quarter sparked the unbeaten Tigers’ rout of visiting Walton in another Class D quarterfinal Friday night.
Tioga, ranked second in the state, will take on Unatego — a 46-8 winner over Elmira Notre Dame — in the Class D quarterfinals this weekend at Union-Endicott’s Ty Cobb Stadium.
Manuel added the final touchdown of the night with a 3-yard run in the fourth quarter for Tioga. He finished with 159 rushing yards.
Tyler Spires led the Tigers with 194 yards rushing, including a 65-yard touchdown run in the second quarter and a 31-yard scoring run in the third. Brad Jump capped off the third quarter with a touchdown on a 13-yard run.
Walton scored its lone touchdown on a 3-yard pass from Trevor Zandt to Brandon Scofield.
* Unatego 46, Elmira Notre Dame 8: Senior quarterback Tyler Butler ran for three touchdowns and threw for two more as the Spartans rolled past the Crusaders.
Butler finished with 10 carries for 122 yards to go with four completions that covered 80 yards. David VanAlstine, a 5-foot-6, 120-pound senior speedster, added 135 yards and two touchdowns on 12 attempts.
The Spartans (6-2) put up 420 yards of offense against a defense that had surrendered only 12 points per game in the regular season.
In non-playoff action from the weekend involving area teams, it was: Chenango Valley 37, Ithaca 6; Moravia 40, Candor 12; Spencer-Van Etten 14, Dryden 8; Odessa-Montour 48, Seton CC 30; Waverly 42, Trumansburg-Newfield 12; Sidney 28, Newark Valley 14; and Lansing 20, Watkins Glen 13.