C-NS falls to Aquinas, Skaneateles dropped by Batavia in NYS Football Semifinals

The Cicero-North Syracuse football team dropped Saturday night's showdown with Rochester Aquinas, 28-21.

A pair of Central New York high school football teams continued their march through the state playoffs Saturday, however neither of them were able to come out on top.

Both games were played from Union-Endicott high school.

Cicero-North Syracuse has long been considered one of the top teams in New York State this season, but met its match Saturday night.

Aquinas Institute out of Rochester was the opponent, the winner of last week's regional championship against Lancaster out of Buffalo.

After a C-NS touchdown early, the Little Irish took over, taking a 21-7 lead into the halftime break.

From there, Aquinas added to its lead, but that's when the Northstars began to rally.

C-NS scored to cut the deficit to 21-28, and after getting the ball back with a minute to play, failed to score inside the red zone, clinching the win for Aquinas.

The Northstars finish the year 11-1 overall.


In the Class B semifinals, Skaneateles met Batavia for the right to move on the Championship Game from the Carrier Dome next weekend.

The Lakers met the Blue Devils, who won their regional championship over Cheektowaga out of the Buffalo area.

Batavia was led by Ray Leach, who took down anybody in his path en route to a 474-yard, eight touchdown performance on 50 carries.

Skaneateles made a triumphant comeback to make it a game late, but in the end, it was too late, falling, 54-49.

The Lakers season came to an end with an 11-1 overall record.

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