Div. 6: Ithaca edges Clinton 27-20 for yet another title

Div. 6: Ithaca edges Clinton 27-20 for yet another title

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Div. 6: Ithaca edges Clinton 27-20 for yet another title

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Ithaca coach Terry Hessbrook celebrates his state final win after defeating Clinton in the Division 6 final at Ford Field in Detroit on Friday, Nov. 27, 2015.

Ithaca coach Terry Hessbrook celebrates his state final win after defeating Clinton in the Division 6 final at Ford Field in Detroit on Friday, Nov. 27, 2015.

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.

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