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Recaps of NYSPHSAA championship games, 1993-1997

1997

Class AA: Fairport 35, Troy 14

   Will Driscoll threw four touchdown passes and ran for the Red Raiders' fifth score in the victory at the Carrier Dome.

   Defending state champion Troy saw its 23-game winning streak come to an end.

   Driscoll completed his irst seven attempts, including a 31-yard touchdown to Andy Schild in the first quarter. His nine-yard run early in the second quarter built the lead to 14-0 at the half.

Class A: Vestal 14, Queensbury 11

   Vestal put the brakes on Queensbury's vaunted ground game and wrapped up the victory with an interception with :42 to go.

   Queensbury, which averaged 320.3 yards a game on the ground entering the game, was held to 113 by the Vestal defense.

Class B: Lackawanna 14, Brewster 7

   Defensive back Rauchaun Lee returned a third-quarter interception 101 yards in the third quarter to break a tie and send the Steelers on their way to the title.

   The big play came one snap after Brewster blocked a Bob Sireika field-goal attempt.

   Brewster assembled a 15-play drive late in the fourth quarter but a halfback option pass from the 23-yard line on fourth down fell incomplete with 1:20 to play.

Class C: Dover 32, Syracuse CBA 26 (2 ot)

   Down by eight in the fourth quarter, Dover rallied to victory in the second overtime on Willie Peel's two-yard TD run.

   The Dragons trailed 20-12 before quarterback Kurt Abrams hit Peel on a 29-yard touchdown pass. Dover faked the extra-point kick and Abrams ran the ball into the end zone to tie the game at 20.

   An interception by Dover's George Morfea thwarted CBA's final possession in overtime.

   After trading touchdowns in the first OT, Dover's defense held the Brothers on downs to begin the second overtime.

Class D: West Canada Valley 22, Bronxville 14

   

1996

Class AA: Yonkers Roosevelt 27, Rome Free Academy 14

   Roosevelt returned two interceptions for touchdowns and defeated the Black Knights.

   Lewis Webb ran back an overthown pass 33 yards just 1:21 into the contest. In the fourth quarter, Shawn Oliver brought back a tipped pass 21 yards with 1:17 left.

   RFA had trimmed the Roosevelt lead to 20-14 late in the third quarter on Anthony Amo's 21-yard interception return.

Class A: Troy 27, Whitesboro 13

   Todd Ward gained 176 yards on 18 carries as the Fyling Horses pulled away from a 7-7 tie.

   Chris Breen's 15-yard run on the first poessession of the second half put Troy ahaed for good and John Tedesco scored on a four-yard recption from Jeff Reo.

Class B: Springville 9, Ravena 0

   Mark Rendell's 73-yard touchdown run in the third quarter was all the Griffins needed to complete a 13-0 season.

   Rendell carried 18 times for 150 of his team's 190 yards on the ground.

   Springville held Ravena to 3-for-14 passing.

Class C: Watervliet 20, LeRoy 19

   Greg Krikorian's 4-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter rallied the Cannoneers past the Oatkan Knights, who were riding a 22-game winning streak.

   After the 16-play, 61-yard go-ahead drive that concluded with 2:31 left, Watervliet's Brian Hyra intercepted a 16-yard pass in the end zone with :13 remaining to wrap up the win.

   Krikorian also scored on an 18-yard reception in the third quarter, and junior QB Don Kehn completed 17 of 30 attempts for 186 yards.

   Eric Geiger of LeRoy rushed 17 times for 154 yards.

Class D: Valhalla 12, Caledonia-Mumford 8

   George Kandirakis batted away a Matt Cappotelli halfback option pass with 3:03 left to preserve Valhalla's victory.

   Kandirakis had started Valhalla on its way to a 12-0 lead with a 22-yard TD reception in the second quarter. The Red Raiders pulled within 12-8 in the thir quarter and then drove 90 yards in 18 plays to consume most of the fourth quarter before turning the ball over on downs.

   Tony Carpinito rushed for 91 yards for Valhalla.

  

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