Ithaca quarterback Jake Smith ran for three touchdowns and threw for another as the Yellowjackets defeated Clinton 27-20 at Ford Field for the team’s fifth Division 6 state championship in six years.
Ithaca (14-0) fell behind 13-0 early in the third quarter Friday when Clinton All-State running back Matthew Sexton scored on a 56-yard run.
The Yellowjackets then scored on four consecutive possessions, while the Redskins (13-1) failed to gain a first down on three straight drives.
Clinton’s Noah Poore caught a first-quarter touchdown pass and scored on a short run with 4:59 remaining in the game to make it 27-20.
The Redskins forced an Ithaca turnover on downs with 1:47 left to play. Their final drive ended near midfield on a fourth-down sack of Clinton quarterback Kaden Kelly.