Top-seeded Woodlands beat No. 4 Rye Neck 32-0 in Saturday’s Class C semifinals, but the Falcons will return to a fifth straight Section 1 final without their best player.
Senior quarterback/linebacker Amari Bilal was ejected midway through the first quarter for kicking a Rye Neck player while both were on the ground. The ejection will result in an automatic one-game suspension, which means Bilal will miss Friday’s 7 p.m. championship game against defending champ Dobbs Ferry at Mahopac High School.
Woodlands coach Mike Meade said Bilal had his ankle twisted at the bottom of the pile and believed the officials “totally blew the call.”
“There’s nothing we can do,” Meade said. “It’s a shame. Not only is he the best kid on the football field, but the nicest kid on the field.”
Bilal, who leads the team in passing and rushing, rushed for three touchdowns, threw another and recorded a team-high 11 tackles when Woodlands beat Dobbs Ferry 33-0 on Sept. 10. He had three carries for 53 yards and a score prior to the ejection on Saturday.
Aaron Robertson led the Falcons with 21 carries for 191 yards and three touchdowns. Danny Adair added 72 yards and a score.
Dobbs Ferry 42, Bronxville 28: In a Class C semifinal at No. 2 Dobbs Ferry, Najee Smith had 29 carries for 187 yards and four touchdowns. Jack Capuano added 18 carries for 94 yards and a score for the Eagles. Arman Cherian-Ashe led the defense with 12 tackles.
Pleasantville 26, Ardsley 0: In a Class B semifinal at Pace University on Friday, No. 1 Pleasantville pitched its fifth shutout of the season to improve to 8-0. The defense forced four turnovers, including Charlie McPhee’s interception that was returned 30 yards for a touchdown. Jack Howe threw a pair of touchdowns to Brian Reda, who caught four passes for 84 yards. Nick Salzarulo recorded nine tackles and had an interception and a forced fumble to lead the defense. The Panthers will play No. 2 Westlake at 3:30 p.m. Saturday for the Class B championship at Mahopac High School.
Gorton 39, Pelham 22: In the Yonkers Bowl, No. 1 Gorton won its third straight Hudson River Football League championship. Malik Jones had 21 carries for 114 yards and a touchdown and Jayden Lambert rushed for 81 yards and two scores. Robbie Hamilton also had two rushing touchdowns for the Wolves, who finished 9-0.
Hackley 41, Montclair Kimberley 40: At Montclair Kimberley, Winston Britton returned interceptions 99 and 65 yards for touchdowns. The latter provided the winning touchdown as Hackley (7-0) clinched an undefeated season and won the Metropolitan Independent Football League title. Will Cotter rushed for two touchdowns and threw another for the Hornets.
Saunders 27, Riverside 20: In the Yonkers Coaches Bowl at Gorton, Joshua Chambers ran for a touchdown and threw for another. DJ Lestagez threw two touchdowns as well for the Blue Devils, who finished in third place in the Hudson River Football League with the victory
Nanuet 36, Albertus Magnus 6: In a Class B consolation bowl at Valhalla, Umar Ajaz recorded five sacks and was named the game’s defensive MVP. Connor Breit had 150 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Jake Stein had three touchdowns.
Stepinac 41, Chaminade 17: At Chaminade, Michael Nicosia went 12 for 24 for 184 yards and three touchdowns, including two to Brandon Gasparre. Antonio Giannico had 17 carries for 111 yards and a touchdown. Shawn Harris (78-yard punt) and Devonte Myles (35-yard fumble) each had a return touchdown for the Crusaders, who will host Chaminade again in next week’s CHSFL quarterfinals.
Rye Country Day 37, St. Luke’s 6: At Rye Country Day, Evander Jackson threw a touchdown to Thomas Chai and had two sacks on defense. Hannes Boehning led the defense with 12 tackles and also scored two rushing touchdowns. Jared Jones contributed 165 all-purpose yards and scored a TD.
Friday’s highlights:Mike Lopez rushed 22 times for 130 yards and a touchdown as Sleepy Hollow won 25-12 at rival Ossining. The Headless Horseman have won five straight and now lead the all-time series 23-18-2. Sleepy Hollow’s Kevin Borden had six catches for 135 yards from Sean McCarthy, who went 14 for 23 for 273 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Borden also had an interception and Zack Frank recorded two sacks to lead the defense. … Eric Maurer rushed for 105 yards and a touchdown as Clarkstown North scored all of its points in the second half of a 20-0 win over visiting Mamaroneck. … Kyle Shilling went 11 for 13 for 193 yards and threw two touchdowns to Ian Hubertus in Carmel’s 26-6 defeat of Spring Valley. David Vega added 19 carries for 128 yards and a score. … Lucas Sommers rushed for two touchdowns as Suffern blanked visiting Nyack, 27-0.