Have another slice of surprise this high football season, with the Cougars pulling off the biggest one on Friday night of Week 3.
Mason Ferrara, a senior who was named all-state in Class B after last season, ran for 254 yards and four touchdowns on 20 carries for the Honeoye Falls-Lima Cougars (2-1).
"We've got a stud and workhorse in Mason Ferrara and our offensive line did a fantastic job of opening holes," HF-L coach John Russ said. "Our running back is fantastic, he had 200 yards in the first half.
Batavia's run defense was missing at least one key part, linebacker Josh Barber, a 2018 Democrat and Chronicle All-Greater Rochester Team member, who left the team's game in Week 2 with an injury.
"That hurt them quite a bit," Russ said. "You never want to see someone else's stud player get hurt."
Honeoye Falls-Lima was No. 3 in the third and latest Democrat and Chronicle/Section V Small Schools Coaches Poll. Batavia, a 2018 state finalist in Class B, is now 2-1 after holding the No. 1 position in all three of the top 10 rankings for teams in Class B, C and D.
Andrew Passero continued his huge season with 2 TDs and McQuaid defeated Hilton to stay undefeated. James Johnson, @jjdandc
McQuaid recovered two fumbles, intercepted a pass and as sort of a bonus, blocked a punt during a 39-14 runaway win at Hilton.
The Knights are No. 1 in the Democrat and Chronicle/Large Schools Coaches Poll, after defeating Aquinas, Pittsford and on Friday night, the Hilton Cadets.
"Coach (Bobby Bates) always talks about the turnover game, and tonight we won," McQuaid defensive lineman Quinn Bergeron said. "Not so coincidentally, we won the game. Turnovers are huge, and coach really, really emphasizes that. It's a huge part of our game.
"All parts of the game we're always trying to rip the ball out, because the ball is the program, let it hit the carpet, we're going to get it and we're going to score. Treat the ball like it's the program, treat it like it's a baby. It's yours, it's yours forever."
McQuaid led 39-0 at halftime. The McQuaid defense had shut out opponents in six consecutive quarters until Hilton running back Sean Meyers bounced off tacklers during a 14-yard run into the end zone with 9:57 remaining in the third.
"We just played with mental toughness today," Spencerport coach John Dowd said. "We came into a tough place to win.
"The crowd was great for them, obviously, they were very excited about homecoming. The Gates kids played their rears off.”
Khalize Beamon ran for three touchdowns and 125 yards on 16 carries. Connor Mesh was Spencerport's leading rusher, finishing with 164 yards on 20 carries, including a touchdown.
The number of touchdowns scored by the Rangers equaled the number of times their offense gave the ball away to the Gates Chili defense. But Spencerport's defense came up with three turnovers.
Khalize Beamon rushed for 125 yards and three TDs and Connor Mesh added 164 yards rushing a TD as the Rangers improved to 3-0. Will Cleveland, @WillCleveland13
“Between the atmosphere, the way Gates Chili played and obviously our mistakes it was a ballgame," Dowd said. "I’m proud of my boys for overcoming that."
No question the Rangers will be in one of the spotlight games in Week 4, as they take on Canandaigua, which was 1-1 before hosting Brighton on Sept. 21.
"Shout out to the boys out front," Mesh said. "They’re working hard every day, they’re coming to work with our hard hats on and they’re just lighting people up.
"It’s making our job easy and when our job is easy, we look really good. Today the turnovers were disgusting, we’re going to fix that and have to be ready for Canandaigua."
After painful loss to Spencerport Victor rebounds to beat Olympia/Odyssey 33-26. Zachary Memmott, Wochit
Although Victor led nearly the entire way, it was far from an easy victory, as the Spartans kept on fighting back until the very end. The Victor Blue Devils were shocked at Spencerport in Week 2, losing 21-12.
Victor went back to its ground game and proved it can still play good defense, despite missing its three best players, linebacker Camden Hay, running back/defensive back Rushawn Baker and running back/defensive back Joey Pezzimenti. All are injured.
Victor’s offense was led by Brendan Popielec on the ground, carrying the ball 33 times for 236 yards and four touchdowns. Two of his touchdowns were 50 or more yards.
The Spartans went with an air-raid sort of offense, and quarterback Xavier Hurell was 15-for-32 for 246 yards, with one touchdown and two interceptions thrown. Scott Parr, Hurell's top receiving target, was kept out of the end zone, as the junior had three catches for 108 yards.
Victor (2-1) tries to build a winning streak 7 p.m. on Sept 27, when it plays Churchville-Chili at home. Greece Olympia/Odyssey plays at Brighton 7 p.m. the same night.
The Le Roy Oatkan Knights are keeping pace in the race for which team is on top of Class C in Section V football.
Le Roy moved past rival Caledonia-Mumford/Byron-Bergen 20-6 Friday night, after Andrew Englerth had touchdown runs of 13 and 60 yards.
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