Far West Regional Football Wrap: Canandaigua and McQuaid advance to state semi-finals

FRIDAY

CLASS A

SOUTH PARK (10-1) 6
CANANDAIGUA (10-1) 24
The Canandaigua Academy Braves (No. 17 NYSSWA) have been so talented offensively over a win streak that stretches all the way to game two, that the defensive performances they’ve compiled over that stretch can be easily overlooked.

Save a defense-optional sectional semifinal against Eastridge, Canandaigua entered Friday night’s Class A West Regional Final against Section 6 champion South Park (No. 6 NYSSWA) with one of the best defenses in Section 5. The Braves held four teams under 10 points on their run to the sectional championship. READ MORE.

CLASS D

CLYMER/SHERMAN/PANAMA (9-1) 47
NOTRE DAME-BATAVIA (10-1) 14
At 10-0, the Notre Dame Batavia Fighting Irish football team (No. 3 NYSSWA) entered its first Far West Regional match in seven years after effortlessly topping Section V. Standing in its way, however, was defending state champions, the Clymer/Sherman/Panama Wolfpack (No. 2 NYSSWA).

Down 20-8, Notre Dame’s season rested on the energy it brought out to combat CSP in the second half. The opening kick return, however, did not help swing the momentum in the Fighting Irish’s way. READ MORE.

SATURDAY

CLASS AA

LANCASTER (8-3) 28 
MCQUAID (11-0) 32
Looking to continue its undefeated season, there were points on Saturday, when a trip to the state semifinals seemed unlikely for McQuaid (No. 6 NYSSWA). However, just as they have done all season, the Knights managed to pull out a win to keep the train moving. After falling behind 7-0, senior Casey Howlett ran the ensuing kickoff 82 yards to the house. Junior Nick Wood kicked an extra point to knot the game at seven. READ MORE.

CLASS B

WNY MARITIME CHARTER/HEALTH SCIENCES (10-1) 40
LIVONIA (8-3) 29
“Yards and clock!” was the motto for the Livonia (No. 15 NYSSWA) varsity football team throughout their postseason run. John Gammon’s squad’s offensive style has been to compile three to four yards a play and eat up as much of the clock as possible. If used correctly, the result is winning time of possession, which usually ends with victories on the football field. Unfortunately, that tactic hurt the Bulldogs Saturday afternoon as they were unable to rally against the Western New York Maritime/Health Sciences Falcons (No. 12 NYSSWA). READ MORE.

CLASS C

SOUTHWESTERN (11-0) 54
LETCHWORTH/WARSAW (9-2) 8
Other than the one-point loss to LeRoy earlier in the year, Letchworth/Warsaw’s (No. 10 NYSSWA) season was nearly perfect. It captured its second-consecutive Section V Class C title and rolled into the Far West Regional with a 9-1 record. In almost identical fashion to the year prior, Letchworth/Warsaw’s title-winning season was halted by the Section VI champion. READ MORE.

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