SANDY CREEK Sandy Creek took a giant step toward winning the Section 3 Class D Central crown with a superb performance on both sides of the ball Friday night.
Mason McNitt rushed for a season-high 182 yards, including a 57-yard scoring run, and the Comets defense forced three turnovers as Sandy Creek held off visiting Westmoreland 21-19 to remain unbeaten and take sole possession first place in the division.
Quarterback Tyler Swarthout threw for a touchdown and ran for another score for the Comets (6-0 overall, 4-0 division), who now have a one-game lead over the Bulldogs (4-2, 3-1) and Pulaski (4-2, 3-1), which beat South Lewis 60-22 on Friday.
Swarthout also kicked three key extra points after each touchdown.
With Sandy Creek leading by one point, Cameron Hall hauled in an 84-yard touchdown pass from Swarthout on the first play of the fourth quarter to build a 21-13 advantage.
Westmoreland drew within two points on a 35-yard TD reception by Joe LaLonde from Zack Green with six minutes remaining in the game. But a run for the 2-point conversion was stopped by Sandy Creek.
The Comets defense, which forced three fumbles, stopped the Bulldogs on their final two drives, including their last possession when they reached the Sandy Creek 30.
John Shirley was credited with 14 tackles to lead the Comets defensively, and teammate Zach Brown recorded nine tackles.
Sandy Creek, which finishes the season at Pulaski next weekend, was also playing without leading rusher Wyatt Bush, who sat out with an injured ankle.
NOTTINGHAM 45, CARTHAGE 6
Marty Clanton threw for 209 yards and three touchdowns as the Bulldogs routed the Comets in a Class A interdivision game in Syracuse.
Clanton threw TD passes of 5, 15 and 35 yards for Nottingham (4-2). Clanton also scored on a 1-yard touchdown run, while Derek Gore had 12 carries for 135 yards and a touchdown.
Wayne Timpson scored on a 12-yard touchdown pass from Bailey Wilkinson to notch the lone score for Carthage (3-3).
ONEIDA 47, SOUTH JEFFERSON 0
Kyle Peck caught two touchdown passes from Rory McCarthy and returned an interception 52 yards for a score as the Indians blanked the Spartans in a Class B East game at Oneida.
Peck scored on TD receptions of 28 and 36 yards for Oneida (4-2, 4-1), and Dylan Cafalone contributed touchdown runs of 33 and 74 yards.
South Jefferson fell to 0-6,0-5.
PULASKI 60, SOUTH LEWIS 20
Tom Taplin ran for three touchdowns and passed for another as the Blue Devils pounded the Falcons in a Class D Central game at Turin.
Charles Gettino rushed for 251 yards and three scores for Pulaski (4-2, 3-1), and Spencer Glenister also scored twice.
South Lewis fell to 0-6, 0-4.
POTSDAM 30, GOUVERNEUR 8
Potsdam used a strong first half to defeat Gouverneur in a matchup of the final two undefeated Northern Athletic Conference football teams.
Potsdam (6-0) scored on its first three drives of the game.
The first two drives ended with 20-yard run by Oden Robertson. Potsdam made it 22-0 when Will Coleman threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Garrett Kilgore and then connected with Kilgore again for a 2-point conversion.
Robertson finished with 101 yards rushing on 14 carries and scored three touchdowns. His final touchdown, on a 19-yard run, put Potsdam up 30-0 late in the third quarter.
Quarterback Mark Horne led Gouverneur (5-1) with 65 yards rushing.
OFA 42, TUPPER LAKE 20
Quarterback Nate Angel rushed for 228 yards on 12 carries, including three touchdowns, to lead the Blue Devils (4-2) past the Lumberjacks in Tupper Lake.
The Blue Devils finished with 385 yards rushing. Zach Sharpe added 71 yards for OFA. Mitch Keniston passed for 109 yards, including two touchdowns, for Tupper Lake (1-5).