Groton clinches Div. IX football title

Groton clinches Div. IX football title

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Groton clinches Div. IX football title

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Zeke Wright rushed 36 times for 194 yards and two touchdowns Saturday as the visiting Groton football team clinched the Section 4 Division IX title with a 26-6 defeat of previously undefeated Union Springs.

Wright scored on fourth-quarter runs of 3 and 1 yards as the Indians (5-1, 3-0 Div. IX) rallied from a 6-0 halftime deficit. Coach Jeff Lewis’ squad tied the game in the third period on a 46-yard pass from quarterback Jeff Hatfield to Damian Young, who closed the game’s scoring with a 1-yard run with 36 seconds left. Wright’s second rushing TD put the Indians ahead with 6:02 to play.

Fullback Mitch Thurston (13-97) gave the home team the lead with a 15-yard touchdown run late in the first quarter.

* Corning 38, Ithaca 12: Ty Timmerman scored a pair of touchdowns, including one on a fumble return in the first quarter, and the Hawks (5-1, 2-1 Div. I) topped the Little Red (1-5, 0-2) Friday night at rainy Moresco Stadium.

The Hawks improved to 5-1 overall, 2-1 in the division; the Little Red dropped to 1-5, 0-2.

Zack Bush led Corning offensively with 80 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries, while quarterback Connor Jacobs rushed for another 66 yards. Jacobs completed one pass for 25 yards, which helped set up the Hawks’ first touchdown.

Austin Cates (3-29) scored on a 15-yard run and Trentton Ray returned a Julian Tino interception 45 yards for a score, both in the second quarter. Placekicker Jon Michael Tokar was perfect on five PAT tries and added a 30-yard field goal just before halftime, giving the visitors a 31-0 lead at the intermission.

Ithaca’s touchdowns came on a Tyrel McKoy 80-yard interception return with 1:16 to play in the third quarter, and a 1-yard DeVondre LaFave run at the final horn. No point-after attempt was made after the final touchdown.

Ithaca did its best offensive work on the game’s final drive, going nearly the length of the field in the final two minutes to get the game-ending touchdown. Tevin Smith broke off a 35-yard run to get the Little Red near midfield, then backup quarterback Naeem Clark hit senior Bruce Greene for a 40-yard strike that put Ithaca inside the red zone.

Four plays later, LaFave dove over from the 1 as time expired.

* Susquehanna Valley 28, Trumansburg-Newfield 26: The Sabers (1-5, 0-2 Div. IV) picked up their first win of the season, defeating the Blue Raiders (2-4, 2-1 Div. VI), who were coming off high-scoring victories over Watkins Glen (41-6) and non-conference foe Marcus Whitman (39-36).

* Dryden 42, Candor 0: The Purple Lions (2-4, 1-2 Div. VI) snapped a three-game losing streak by defaeting the winless Indians (0-6, 0-3 Div. X), who’ve lost nine straight overall and been outscored in their last three games, 124-6.

* Seton Catholic Central 46, Moravia 28: Seton Catholic Central won its first game of the season with a balanced offensive attack, gaining 170 yards through the air and 138 on the ground. The Blue Devils (1-4, 0-3 Div. IX) have lost four straight since their season-opening 43-14 win over Edison.

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